Civil engineering is a broadly based discipline that encompasses many specialties. The civil engineering curriculum provides students with a strong background in engineering and applied sciences that prepares graduates for professional licensure.

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) at UIC is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), a necessary requirement for obtaining the Professional Engineering (PE) license. The program educational objectives and student outcomes for the BSCE degree program at UIC were approved by the Departmental faculty, Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Council (CEPAC), and student representatives of the Department, and they are detailed under ABET Accreditation page.


Undergraduate Admissions – Information on how to apply

Undergraduate Catalog – BSCE degree program requirements and course offerings

Frequently Asked Questions


Degree Requirements

Curriculum Flowchart – Overview of Prerequisites for all the courses

Sample Course Schedule

Schedule of Class


Environmental and Water Resources is an extensive discipline dedicated to addressing environmental issues in air, water, and soil. Environmental Engineering and Water Resources covers the science and design of water treatment systems that support the society, as well as design of hydraulic structures and systems to handle hydrologic flow.

Core Elective Courses:

CME 403: Hydraulic Design

CME 421: Water Treatment Design

CME 422: Wastewater Treatment Design

CME 427:  Engineering Hydrology

Geotechnical Engineering covers the engineering behavior of earth materials, and it has applications in military, mining, petroleum and other disciplines occurring on the surface or within the ground. It includes the fundamentals of foundation analysis and design, site characterization, analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations and earth retaining structures, environmental laws and regulations, sources of environmental contamination and waste treatment options.

Core Elective Courses:

CME 405: Foundation Analysis and Design

CME 415: Environmental Geotechnology

CME 425: Environmental Remediation Engineering

Structural engineers are trained to design the bones and muscles that create the form and shape of man-made structures. Structural Engineering includes design of metal, masonry, wood and reinforced concrete buildings and structures, bridge design, pre-stressed concrete design, advanced methods of structural analysis and preparation for passing the PE and SE exams.

Core Elective Courses:

CME 400: Advanced Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

CME 401: Advanced Design of Metal Structures

CME 406: Bridge Design I

CME 409: Structural Analysis II

CME 410: Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures

Sustainability is key in civil engineering to insure that the systems designed and built by civil engineers can provide for current and future generations. The Sustainability concentration includes foundational elements of environmental sustainability, sustainable urban infrastructure design, engineering hydrology, and hydraulic design.

Core electives courses:

CME 403: Hydraulic Design

CME 425: Environmental Remediation Engineering

CME 427: Engineering Hydrology

CME 440: Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure

It is the transportation engineer’s responsibility to plan, design, build, operate and maintain systems to provide for the safe, efficient and convenient movement of people and goods. Transportation Engineering covers geometric design of highways, traffic engineering and control, study of driver, vehicle and roadway system characteristics, intersection design and operation, highway capacity analysis and traffic signal design.

Core Elective Courses:

CME 402: Geometric Design of Highway Facilities

CME 408: Traffic Engineering and Design


Change of Major – required to change major in college

Modification of Major – course substitution

Undergraduate Student Petition – general petition

Graduation Checklist