2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Apr 26, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Civil & Environmental Engineering

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The undergraduate program in Civil Engineering is accredited by: The Engineering Accreditation Commission of (ABET), www.abet.org.

College of Engineering
Department Office: 2000 Meldrum Civil Engineering (MCE)
Mailing Address: 110 S. Central Campus Dr., Rm. 2000, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0561
Phone: 801-581-6931
Fax: 801-585-5477
Website: www.civil.utah.edu.

Department Chair: Michael Barber, Ph.D.
Academic Advisor: Alexi Crabb, 2012 MCE, 801-581-6931

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for careers in industry, consulting, research, and government. Civil and Environmental Engineering encompasses a wide range of planning, design, and construction activities dealing with buildings, bridges, dams, highways, transportation systems, water supply, fluid flow, water reclamation, and geotechnical engineering problems.

Faculty areas of emphasis include: structural engineering, earthquake engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, construction materials engineering, geotechnical engineering, nuclear engineering, transportation engineering, engineering management, water, energy and infrastructure sustainability engineering.

Research and training facilities include laboratories for environmental engineering, nuclear engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrology, transportation and structural engineering.

Nuclear Engineering Program

The Nuclear Engineering Program (UNEP) follows the University of Utah’s mission to provide excellence and equal opportunity in the areas of education, research, and public service. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering processes and maintains UNEP admissions, graduate student records, and other program business.

Please see the Nuclear Engineering Minor, M.S., and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Website: www.nuclear.utah.edu

Contact: 801-581-4188

Undergraduate Program

Please see the Civil Engineering B.S. and H.B.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Admission Requirements

There are additional admission requirements for this program. Please see the program page for more information.

Incoming Civil Engineering freshman for the 2017-2018 academic year who are offered direct admission into the College of Engineering will also be directly admitted to the Civil and Environmental Engineering program. 

Applications for Major Status are reviewed by the student’s faculty advisor, with admissions decisions based on the student’s Engineering GPA and successful completion of the courses listed on the application form. A minimum 2.50 Engineering GPA is required to be approved for and maintain Major Status. Applications for Major Status may be submitted by pre-engineering students or transfer students who complete course work from the prescribed list of courses issued by the Department.

Once admitted as a Civil Engineering major, a student must maintain a minimum 2.50 Engineering GPA and meet prescribed graduation requirements.


If requested, incoming students are classified as Pre-Civil Engineering majors until they qualify for Major Status. Students normally apply for Major Status by the end of their freshman year. Pre-Civil Engineering students are not permitted to enroll in civil engineering courses beyond the freshman-level (1000-1999).

Transfer Students

After being officially accepted by the University, students transferring from other institutions in the state of Utah or BYU-Idaho need to obtain an articulation sheet from the Department website to evaluate which classes automatically will be accepted towards the Civil Engineering program.

Based on their academic records, such students may qualify for Major Status. Associates degrees do not automatically fulfill the department’s requirements.

Students admitted by the University of Utah who have transfer credit from an institution outside the state of Utah, must submit a completed Out of State Course Evaluation. Only courses listed on the Department’s graduation review sheet are subject to review for credit. Out of State Course Evaluation forms should be submitted prior to the beginning of student’s first semester. This will allow time for the coursework to be evaluated by the faculty to determine where the student falls within the program.

Students are required to take a minimum number of math and science credits for the civil engineering degree. If students are found to fall below the minimum requirements they will need to take additional math and science credits to meet the required hours. It is recommended that students have a course reviewed and approved by the Faculty, prior to enrolling to receive credit for the additional course (s).

Graduate Program

Please see the Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Areas of Specialization

Water Resources, Environmental, Structures, Geotechnical, Materials, Transportation, and Engineering Management (M.S. Non-Thesis only).

Admission Requirements

These programs may have additional admission requirements. Please see program pages for more information.

Graduate students select an advisor willing to arrange a program of study suited to the student’s interests and to guide them through their classes and if applicable their research. In addition, students will need to form a supervisory committee to administer the various examinations required for the particular graduate degree.

Depending on the student’s area of graduate specialization, additional undergraduate courses may be required by the supervisory committee.

Credit Limitations

Students may count no more than 6 credit hours of undergraduate or transfer work and 9 credit hours of non-matriculated graduate work toward any graduate degree without prior approval. Candidates for graduate degrees are required to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA, with no grade below C accepted for credit toward degrees. For more detailed information, see the Graduate Information  section of this catalog.

Financial Assistance

Information about financial aid and scholarships is available from the department web page and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. 

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