Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Non-Engineering BS Applicants

Non-Engineering BS Applicants

Applicants without a bachelor degree in engineering, such as geology, soil & crop sciences, chemistry, biology, etc.

Students who are admitted into the graduate program but who do not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering must take undergraduate civil engineering course work to bring their engineering background to an acceptable level. Specific courses to meet this objective are to be identified by the student’s academic adviser or program coordinator at the beginning of the graduate program. These courses must be taken as early as possible in the student’s program of graduate study and are to be taken for a letter grade.

The Department of Civil Engineering requires, as a minimum, the following courses or their equivalent in addition to those normally required for a graduate program:

    • Calculus through MATH 261, Calculus for Physical Scientists III (4 credits each)
    • PH 141, Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (5)
    • CHEM 111, General Chemistry I (4)
    • CIVE 260, 261, Engineering Mechanics-Statics (3), Dynamics (3)
    • CIVE 300, Fluid Mechanics (3)
    • CIVE 360, Mechanics of Solids (3)
    • MATH 340, Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (4)
    • Six or more credits in upper-division CIVE 3xx or CIVE 4xx courses; generally the required undergraduate courses most related to the intended graduate program and/or used as prerequisites for the student’s graduate classes. The number of upper-division credits required varies with the graduate program area.

  • Completion of courses listed as prerequisites for the courses listed above is also generally required.
  • Courses required of our undergraduates (including CIVE 401, 466 and 467) may not be used for graduate credit according to Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering policy.


A plan for completing the background courses is to be prepared by the student and their adviser, then submitted to the department for approval by the start of the registration period for the student’s second semester. Courses taken to fulfill these requirements must be taken for credit and a traditional grade. An overall background GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in background coursework.  The highest grade for any repeated background course will be counted towards background GPA requirements.

The above requirements are in addition to those normally required for a graduate degree. Students with a degree in engineering technology are encouraged to obtain a B.S. in civil engineering before entering the graduate program.