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Undergraduate Program


Undergraduate Program


Admissions Requirements - Southern University

The admissions requirements for entering freshman are described on the Southern University Admissions Requirements webpage.


Admissions Requirements - Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

The civil engineering program is designed to give students a comprehensive educational experience in the humanities, social sciences, English, economics, and basic sciences. The educational program includes focused training in applying fundamental principles of mathematics, science, engineering and technology in the analysis, design, construction, operations, management, maintenance, and retirement of engineering systems.  Furthermore, our civil engineering curriculum is designed to inspire continuous learning and exceptional achievement throughout the professional lives of our graduates. The civil engineering curriculum consists of 128 hours, including two mechanical engineering courses - Dynamics (MEEN 225) and Mechanics of Materials (MEEN 227) as CORE courses in civil engineering.

To be admitted to the civil engineering program, a student must have completed a minimum of 22 credit hours and earned a "C" or better in each of the following courses:

  • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 132 - General Chemistry Lecture
  • ENGL 110 - Freshman Composition I
  • ENGL 111 - Freshman Composition II
  • ENGR 120 - Freshman Engineering I
  • ENGR 130 - Freshman Engineering II
  • MATH 264 - Calculus I
  • PHYS 221 - General Physics I Lecture
  • PHYS 223 - General Physics I Lab
  • MATH 264 - Calculus I

Students can (and should) try to complete the courses listed above in their first year. Typically, students complete these courses and are officially admitted to the civil and environmental engineering program at the beginning of their sophomore year.

Applicants who satisfy the above requirements, but have not adequately passed all courses, will be "Conditionally Admitted." This action is contingent upon applicants enrolling at the next opportunity in each missing course cited and earning a "C" or better within one year.


Graduation Requirements

Students enrolled in the civil and environmental engineering program must successfully complete an approved program of study of 128 credit hours.  All general engineering (ENGR) courses, civil engineering courses (CIEN), Dynamics (MEEN 225), and Mechanics of Materials (MEEN 227) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. The graduation application forms, which are to be completed by graduating seniors, explain the requirements in more detail.

Degree Requirements Record Form

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Degree Requirements Record Form (page 8 of the Graduation Application Package) is the official course checklist for graduation.  Upon verification at the Department and College levels, this form is sent to the Registrar for final review and approval. The courses required to obtain a Civil and Environmental Engineering baccalaureate degree can be completed in four (4) years, or eight (8) semesters.  However, there are no time limits to graduation; therefore, each student will advance through the curriculum at her/his own pace.


Curriculum Worksheet

Although the Degree Requirements Record Form is the official course checklist, the Curriculum Worksheet is a more practical reference guide for students. 


Course Pre- and Co-Requisites

Advanced courses may require an associated course to be taken prior to enrollment in a particular class - or two classes may be required to be taken during the same semester.  Taking and passing the appropriate pre- and co-requisites are essential for placing the student in the best possible environment for success.

Because the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is an intimate and relatively small academic unit, many Junior- and Senior-level courses may only be offered once per year.  Therefore, it is critical that students consider not only their upcoming schedule, but the Fall-only and Spring-only courses as well.


CIEN Pre- and Co-Requisites

The Baccalaureate Degree Requirements Flow Chart graphically shows the prerequisites for required Civil Engineering classes. Often, students will not have the necessary background or courses to complete the curriculum as prescribed.  It is recommended that all students, but especially students that find it difficult to identify alternative courses that can still lead toward timely graduation, engage with a department faculty advisor to understand the full range of options and implications for future course selection as well as graduation.