Feb 16, 2020  
2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering, B.S.

Contact Information

Dr. Scott J. Kenner, P.E.
Professor and Head
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil/Mechanical 122
(605) 394-1697
E-mail: Scott.Kenner@sdsmt.edu

Lois Arneson-Meyer
Freshmen/ Sophomore Advisor, Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil/Mechanical 121
(605) 394-2446
E-mail: Lois.Arneson-Meyer@sdsmt.edu


Professors Kenner and Stone; Associate Professors Robinson, Capehart, Benning, and Gadhamshetty; Assistant Professors Arneson-Meyer, Lingwall, Shearer, Whitaker, Geza, and Waterman; Instructor Bienert.

Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Mines     

Civil and environmental engineers are problem solvers, meeting the needs for environmental stewardship, renewable energy, sustainable design solutions, and community planning for a better tomorrow. Civil and environmental engineers serve the public by designing a wide variety of infrastructure systems such as dams and waterways, harbors, bridges, buildings, water supply and wastewater systems, highways and airports, tunnels and pipelines, and renewable energy facilities.

Students interested in a career in civil or environmental engineering follow a curriculum that culminates in a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; Phone +1.410.347.7700.

The mission of the CEE Department is to provide our students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to address the needs of society through design, research and construction, and to instill in them the desire for professionalism, leadership, and lifelong learning.

The goal of the BSCE program with regard to undergraduate education is to produce graduates, who, within a few years of graduation, will demonstrate the following Civil Engineering Program Objectives:

  1. Engage in the professional practice of civil and environmental engineering,
  2. Actively participate in professional and/or civic organizations,
  3. Pursue opportunities to assume leadership roles in their professional and/or service activities, and
  4. Seek to continue their educations through advanced studies in civil or environmental engineering or a related professional discipline, continuing education and/or professional development activities.

The undergraduate curriculum provides a comprehensive education for students who wish to pursue a professional career directly after graduation. The B.S. program in civil engineering also serves as a preparation for graduate studies in any of the specialized branches of civil and environmental engineering, construction management or other professional degrees such as business, medicine, or law.


The civil and environmental engineering curriculum begins with students gaining fundamental understanding of humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and basic sciences. Students interested in environmental engineering  may follow a curriculum specifically tailored to this important subdisciplinary area. Under civil engineering three minors are available for students to pursue; environmental engineering , sustainable engineering , and global engineering .  In the senior year, a capstone design course allows students to work in multi-disciplinary teams to develop alternative solutions, incorporate sustainable design principles, perform feasibility and economic analyses, and create detailed designs. The capstone design experience culminates with a formal final written report and a presentation to the faculty and student peers. 

At the time of graduation, students completing the BSCE program will be able to demonstrate the following Civil Engineering Program Outcomes:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. An ability to communicate effectively;
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Graduate programs in civil engineering or construction management afford opportunities for motivated students to pursue advanced studies.  An accelerated Master of Science  (BS/MS) degree program is available for qualified seniors enrolled in engineering B.S. programs at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The accelerated master’s degree program allows B.S. engineering students to take up to nine (9) graduate-level credits to simultaneously meet undergraduate and graduate degree program requirements. For more information about the accelerated master’s degree program, see the Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S. section of the catalog or contact CENE Graduate Coordinator Dr. Marc Robinson (Marc.Robinson@sdsmt.edu).

Department Approved Electives

The civil engineering undergraduate curriculum includes 12 credit hours of Department Approved Electives that students may use to gain knowledge and skills in a specialized area to meet their individual career goals. Students may participate in undergraduate research or scholarship, which may include international design projects or cooperative education. Students must apply for the cooperative education program prior to starting work. For more information about the cooperative education program, contact Dr. Scott Kenner (Scott.Kenner@sdsmt.edu).

 Department Approved Electives include the following which are described in more detail on the department web page:  http://www.sdsmt.edu/Academics/Departments/Civil-and-Environmental-Engineering/Curriculum-and-Checklists/

  • At least 9 credits of CEE 400-level or above coursework not applied to another CEE graduation requirement.
  • Up to 6 credit hours of CEE 498 (Undergraduate Research/Scholarship), CEE 491 (Independent Study) or CP 497 (Cooperative Education); not more than 3 credits may be CEE 491 or CP 497.
  • Up to 3 credit hours of 300, 400, 500, or 600 level courses in engineering, science, math or computer science not applied to another CEE graduation requirement. 


Students are encouraged to participate in the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Engineers and Scientists Abroad (ESA), the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP) that involves designing, building, testing, and competing in a variety of engineering challenges), or any other of the many student organizations on campus. During the senior year, students are strongly encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) examination.  Passing the F.E. examination is the first step toward registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.).  The second and final step in the registration process is the successful completion of the Professional Engineering examination, which is normally taken after working under the supervision of a P.E. for at least four years.

Mines Advantage Program

Mines Advantage is an optional professional development program designed for all SD Mines students.  Participating students will go through 30 total experiences in 6 core competency areas.  Experiences include everything from attending a cultural event to participating in a mock interview with the career center.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.sdsmt.edu/MinesAdvantage/

SD Mines Honors Program

Students can apply to be accepted into the Honors program when they enter as a Freshman through the end of their sophomore year.  Challenging academics is a given at Mines, where most of our entering students would qualify for the academically-oriented honors programs at most universities. That’s why our Honors program is different. It’s designed to challenge and develop exceptional students beyond academics: developing leadership by solving problems that benefit others.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.sdsmt.edu/honors/


EPICS is an academic program where undergraduate students earn course credits for participation in teams that tackle real-world projects and benefit real communities. Students can participate in EPICS at any time during their degree program.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.sdsmt.edu/EPICS/

Civil Engineering Curriculum/Checklist

Students pursuing a traditional civil engineering education will follow the curriculum below.  The BSCE curriculum for the environmental engineering emphasis is shown separately. 


Students are responsible for checking with their advisors for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of this catalog.  Other advising information is available through the department.

Freshman Year

First Semester

Total: 16

Second Semester

Total: 18

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Total: 16

Second Semester

Total: 18

Junior Year

Total: 15

Three of the following four courses

Total: 15

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 17

Second Semester

Total: 15

130 credits required for graduation

Curriculum Notes

1 Consult the section of the catalog addressing graduation requirements for a description of the combinations of lower level (1xx/2xx) social sciences and humanities courses meeting the SDBOR General Education Goals #3 and #4. Students must complete at least 3 credits at an advanced level (300 or above).

2 Students must earn a “C” or better in the following courses to advance in the program: MATH 123 , EM 214 , EM 321 , EM 331 , CEE 326 , CEE 336/336L , CEE 346/346L , CEE 353 .

3 At least 9 credits of CEE 400-level or above coursework not applied to another CEE graduation requirement.

4 Prerequisites for CEE 489  are: CEE 326 , CEE 336/336L , and CEE 346/346L  all with a “C” or better.

5 Basic science electives