Civil Engineering BS

Civil engineers oversee large construction projects, including designing, constructing, supervising, and maintaining road systems and the accompanying infrastructure, buildings, airports, and systems for water treatment, hydroelectricity, and more.  Because there are so many different aspects of civil engineering, many civil engineers choose to pursue a specialty. Popular specialties include construction engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, geospatial surveying engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, transportation engineering, and coastal engineering.  The Civil Engineering curriculum prepares graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science; to apply probability and statistics to address uncertainty; to analyze and solve problems in technical areas appropriate to civil engineering; to conduct experiments in technical areas of civil engineering and analyze and interpret the resulting data; to design a system, component, or process in civil engineering contexts; to include principles of sustainability in design; to explain basic concepts in project management, business, public policy, and leadership; and to analyze issues in professional ethics.

Program Education Objectives (PEOs)

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are statements that describe what graduates are expected to accomplish within a few years of graduation.

  1. Within one year of graduation from TAMU-CC, our graduates will be working in the industry, government, construction, or other professional services as civil engineers, or will be pursuing graduate degrees in civil engineering or post-baccalaureate degrees in other fields, such as law, business, or medicine.
  2. Within five years of graduation from TAMU-CC, our graduates will have
    1. advanced in their careers as indicated by obtaining promotions and positions of leadership, awards, recognition as subject matter experts, and/or registration as professional engineers or in other professional disciplines; or by entrepreneurial activities, products or processes developed, patents, and/or publications;
    2. demonstrated the ability to increase their knowledge and expertise through continuing education or advanced degrees; and
    3. contributed to the improvement of the profession and of society through research, national and/or international collaboration, and/or professional and public service including mentoring.

These objectives are consistent with the expectations of the accrediting organization of ABET.

Student Outcomes

As defined by ABET, “student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.”

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
First Year Students Applying

Submit application via the Office of Admissions (https://admissions.tamucc.edu/freshman/), following all established guidelines and selecting Civil Engineering (CEEN) as your declared major.

Admission to the major is competitive. Applications will be evaluated by a departmental selection committee for eligibility. Students will be notified by the program of their acceptance or denial. Students who are not selected by the committee for full acceptance into the Civil Engineering program, but who are deemed to be good prospects for success in the program with additional leveling work will be accepted as "Pre-Civil Engineering" students (PREC). These students will be assigned coursework for completion and subsequent re-evaluation by the CEEN selection committee.

Students who are not selected as CEEN majors will be asked to select another major to begin their academic careers.

Transfer Students Applying

Students may transfer to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as either Freshmen Transfer students (less than 30 credit hours) or as standard transfer students (more than 30 credit hours). For admissions standards and instructions for these two groups please see the following websites:

Transfer students should select Civil Engineering (CEEN) as their declared major. Admission to the major is competitive. Applications will be evaluated by a departmental selection committee for eligibility. Students will be notified by the program of their acceptance or denial.

Students who are not selected by the committee for full acceptance into the Civil Engineering program, but who are deemed to be good prospects for success in the program with additional leveling work will be accepted as "Pre-Civil Engineering" students (PREC). These students will be assigned coursework for completion and subsequent re-evaluation by the CEEN selection committee. Students who are not selected as CEEN majors will be asked to select another major to begin their academic careers.

Transfer students should also be aware that outside courses may not be applicable to the TAMUCC Civil Engineering degree plan. Transfer course work will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please see the Academic Advisor for Civil Engineering for more information.

Current TAMUCC Students Applying

Current Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi students wishing to change their major to Civil Engineering (CEEN) should be aware that application to the major is competitive and a change of major application must be evaluated for eligibility. Current students will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • 2.5 GPA in all Engineering Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, or Physics classes, as applicable (TAMUCC & Transfer)
  • 2.5 college (TAMUCC) overall GPA
  • Eligibility for Calculus I

Students will be notified by the Civil Engineering Academic Advisor of their acceptance or denial. Students who are not selected by the committee for full acceptance into the Civil Engineering program, but who are deemed to be good prospects for success in the program with additional leveling work will be accepted as "Pre-Civil Engineering" students (PREC). These students will be assigned coursework for completion and subsequent re-evaluation by the CEEN selection committee.

Students who are not approved to change their majors to CEEN will remain in their originally declared majors and their Change of Major request will be nullified.

Current students approved to change their major to CEEN should be aware that not all courses will be applicable towards the Civil Engineering degree plan. Transfer course work or work from another major will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please see the Academic Advisor for Civil Engineering for more information.