Civil Engineering, B.S.

The civil engineering program at Saint Louis University’s School of Science and Engineering incorporates the latest trends in the industry to address the current and future needs of the profession and society.

As a student in the civil engineering program at the School of Science and Engineering, you will develop a comprehensive skill set and leadership background needed to address society’s needs at local, regional and global levels. Students have the opportunity to solve problems within construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering fields. Students also have the opportunity to join many student clubs such as the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers Without Borders and Billikens for Clean water. 

SLU's civil engineering curriculum emphasizes professional practice preparation using project-based, hands-on learning methods. With easy access to a sophisticated computer-aided design laboratory, a structures laboratory and more, our graduates gain invaluable experience that helps launch their career and set them on a trajectory to shape our world and beyond.

Curriculum Overview

SLU's civil engineering program provides a solid foundation of coursework in the engineering sciences, including solid mechanics and fluid dynamics. The program also includes courses related to construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering fields.

Modern and well-equipped laboratories emphasize experimental methods and measurement techniques.

SLU's civil engineering program includes the following  focus areas:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
 

In addition, civil engineering majors at SLU are exposed to entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset through the curriculum and extracurricular opportunities.

 

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Benefits of SLU's civil engineering program include several internship and career opportunities. Competitive summer internships are available within the industry and with government agencies. Independent study on a civil engineering topic can be arranged under the direction of a faculty member.

Located in the heart of St. Louis, SLU offers civil engineering students access to a number of industry contacts from around the area. This allows students to easily partake in internships during the school year and network with professionals before graduation. Plus, SLU's civil engineering faculty is very active in research and there are many opportunities for students to help conduct research during the academic year and summer.

SLU's modern and well-equipped laboratories emphasize experimental methods and measurement techniques. The civil engineering laboratory facilities include a variety of equipment and provide spaces specifically designated for soil mechanics, environmental engineering, construction materials testing, hydraulic modeling, and structural testing. Students in SLU's civil engineering program may specialize in areas such as infrastructure evaluation and design, transportation analysis and planning, and green engineering and sustainable design.

Careers

After graduation, students with a B.S. in civil engineering can pursue graduate study or enter one of the most dynamic industries in the United States. Industry and government agencies have long recognized the quality of engineering graduates from Parks College.

A few of the places where civil engineering graduates can find opportunities include:

  • Missouri and Illinois departments of transportation
  • Missouri Sewer District
  • State, county and municipal engineering offices
  • The Army Corps of Engineers
  • Private engineering firms such as Black and Veatch, Parsons, etc.
  • Construction companies
  • U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy

Admission Requirements

Begin Your Application

Saint Louis University also accepts the Common Application.

Freshman

All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted. Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file.

To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, applicants must be graduating from an accredited high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test. 

Transfer

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED.

Students who have attempted fewer than 24 semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must follow the above freshmen admission requirements. Students who have completed 24 or more semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must submit transcripts from all previously attended college(s).

In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the Office of Admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University. Where applicable, transfer students will be evaluated on any courses outlined in the continuation standards of their preferred major.

International Applicants

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission and matriculation requirements of the University, applicants to SLU's engineering programs must meet the following requirements:

  • GPA: Minimum cumulative 3.00 high school GPA for freshmen applicants and 2.70 college GPA for transfer applicants.
  • Coursework: Fifteen total units of high school work are required: three or four units of English; four or more units of mathematics including algebra I and II, geometry and precalculus (Algebra II with Trigonometry is not sufficient). Students should be prepared to start the first semester freshmen year in Calculus I or higher; three or four units of science including general science, introduction to physical science, earth science, biology, physics or chemistry; two or three units of social sciences including history, psychology or sociology; and three units of electives.

Admission to the School of Science and Engineering's degree programs is based on a combination of secondary school grades, college admission test scores, co-curricular activities and attempted college course work, as well as other indicators of the applicant’s ability, career focus and character. This process respects the non-discrimination policy of the University and is designed to select a qualified, competent and diverse student body with high standards of scholarship and character, consistent with the mission of the University.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit www.slu.edu/financial-aid.

Accreditation

The aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering undergraduate curricula are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Enrollment and graduation data for civil engineering is listed here 

The undergraduate& civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org).

Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate program is designed to meet the following specific objectives in order to fulfill the departmental and institutional missions.

  • Be employed as engineers or be enrolled in engineering or professional graduate school;
  • Demonstrate their commitment to life-long learning and professional development through seeking professional licensure, pursuing graduate studies, or participating in other professional continuing education activities;
  • Advance into leadership roles in their profession and in service to their communities; and
  • Create design solutions that address economic, social, and environmental factors in their professional engineering practice. 
Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Civil Engineering program at Saint Louis University will demonstrate: 

  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;
  8. an ability to design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context
  9. an ability to explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership.
University Undergraduate Core32-35
Major Requirements
Basic Science and Mathematics
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
PHYS 1610
PHYS 1620
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory
4
MATH 1510Calculus I4
MATH 1520Calculus II4
MATH 2530Calculus III4
MATH 3550Differential Equations3
STAT 3850Foundation of Statistics3
Engineering Science Courses
ESCI 1700Engineering Fundamentals2
ESCI 2100Statics3
ESCI 3100
ESCI 3101
Mechanics of Solids
and Mechanics of Solids Lab
4
ESCI 3200
ESCI 3201
Fluid Dynamics
and Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
4
Civil Engineering Courses
CVNG 1000Intro to Civil Engineering2
CVNG 1001Civil Engineering Modeling2
CVNG 2020GIS and Surveying in Civil Engineering Lab1
CVNG 2070Construction & Project Management3
CVNG 2500Civil Engineering Computing3
CVNG 3010
CVNG 3020
Structural Analysis
and Structural Analysis Lab
4
CVNG 3030
CVNG 3031
Civil Engineering Materials
and Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory
3
CVNG 3040
CVNG 3041
Sustainability and Environmental Engineering
and Sustainability and Environmental Engineering Lab
4
CVNG 3090
CVNG 3100
Geotechnical Engineering
and Geotechnical Engineering Lab
4
CVNG 3110
CVNG 3120
Transportation Engineering
and Transportation Engineering Lab
4
CVNG 3130
CVNG 3140
Hydraulic Engineering
and Hydraulic Engineering Lab
4
CVNG 3150
CVNG 3160
Intro to Structural Design
and Structural Design Lab
4
CVNG 4500Capstone Design I3
CVNG 4510Capstone Design II3
Civil Engineering Electives
Select twelve (12) credits of Civil Engineering Electives from the available offerings from the 4000 level courses in our program. Some of the available civil engineering electives are: 312
Foundation Engineering
Advanced Structural Analysis
Structural Dynamics
Advanced Reinforced Concrete
Advanced Steel Design
Bridge Engineering
Prestressed Concrete
Seismic Design
Water Treatment Processes
Environmental Solutions in Developing Countries
Open-Channel Flow
Hydraulic Modeling
River Engineering
Traffic Engineering
Urban Transportation Planning
Professional Development Electives
Select nine (9) credits of Professional Development Electives are required, typically upper level. They can be non- engineering courses, but must support professional development goals. Courses can be selected from pre-approved elective tracks or students can develop individualized plans with departmental approval. 49
Total Credits136-139
1

The University Undergraduate Core Curriculum shall be met by selecting courses for each component from the list of pre-approved courses based on those listed on the University Undergraduate Core Courses webpage. Note: some courses required for the major also fulfill University Undergraduate Core requirements.

2

The 4 credit Science elective must be a 3 credit lecture plus 1 credit lab from the list of pre-approved courses. The 4 credit Science elective may not be a chemistry or physics course. Pre-approved courses include BIOL 1240 General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution/BIOL 1245 Principles of Biology I Laboratory, BIOL 1260 General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter/BIOL Principles of Biology II Laboratory, EAS 1080 Introduction to Environmental Science/EAS 1081 Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory, EAS 1420 Introduction to Atmosphere Science/EAS 1425 Introduction to Atmospheric Science Lab, EAS 1430 Introduction to Solid Earth/EAS 1435 Introduction to Solid Earth Lab, and EAS 1450 Introduction to Oceanography/Introduction to Oceanography Lab.

3

Twelve (12) credits of Civil Engineering Electives are required at the 4000 level or above.  Students who pursue a pre-approved minor may substitute six (6) credits of required courses for a minor for six (6) credits of Civil Engineering Electives.  If a student starts, but drops a minor, that student must complete the 12 credits of Civil Engineering Electives

4

Nine (9) credits of Professional Development Electives are required from the pre-approved courses list. Exceptions for professional development electives may be granted with departmental approval.  Students who pursue a pre-approved minor may use the 9 credits of professional development electives for courses that count toward that minor.

Pre-approved Minors

Pre-approved minors align with the civil engineering profession.  Students may count courses required for the following list of minors for their three professional development electives and substitute two of the required courses for civil engineering electives.  Students who minor in Engineering Mathematics or Math may not substitute courses for civil engineering electives.

Continuation Standards

  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Critical course:  MATH 1510 Calculus I 1 3 4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory 2 3
4
Critical course:  ESCI 1700 Engineering Fundamentals 3 2
CORE 1500 Cura Personalis 1: Self in Community 3 1
CORE 1900 Eloquentia Perfecta 1: Written and Visual Communication 3 3
CORE 1200 Eloquentia Perfecta 2: Oral and Visual Communication 3
 Credits17
Spring
MATH 1520 Calculus II 4
Critical course:  PHYS 1610 University Physics I 3
Critical course:  PHYS 1620 University Physics I Laboratory 1
Critical course:  CVNG 1000 Intro to Civil Engineering 3 5 2
Critical course:  CVNG 1001 Civil Engineering Modeling 5 2
CORE 1600 Ultimate Questions: Theology 3 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Fall
MATH 2530 Calculus III 4
Critical course:  ESCI 2100 Statics 3
Critical course:  CVNG 2020 GIS and Surveying in Civil Engineering Lab 5 1
Critical course:  CVNG 2070 Construction & Project Management 5 3
Critical course:  CVNG 2500 Civil Engineering Computing 5 3
CORE 3400 Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture 3 3
 Credits17
Spring
MATH 3550 Differential Equations 3
STAT 3850 Foundation of Statistics 3
Science Elective with Lab 4 4
Critical course:  ESCI 3100 Mechanics of Solids 3
Professional Development Elective 7 3
CORE 2500 Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation 3 0
 Credits16
Year Three
Fall
Critical course:  ESCI 3200 Fluid Dynamics 3
Critical course:  CVNG 3010
CVNG 3020
Structural Analysis
and Structural Analysis Lab 5
4
Critical course:  CVNG 3030
CVNG 3031
Civil Engineering Materials
and Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory 5
3
Critical course:  CVNG 3040
CVNG 3041
Sustainability and Environmental Engineering
and Sustainability and Environmental Engineering Lab 5
4
 Credits14
Spring
Critical course:  CVNG 3090
CVNG 3100
Geotechnical Engineering
and Geotechnical Engineering Lab 5
4
Critical course:  CVNG 3110
CVNG 3120
Transportation Engineering
and Transportation Engineering Lab 5
4
Critical course:  CVNG 3130
CVNG 3140
Hydraulic Engineering
and Hydraulic Engineering Lab 5
4
Critical course:  CVNG 3150
CVNG 3160
Intro to Structural Design
and Structural Design Lab 5
4
 Credits16
Year Four
Fall
Critical course:  CVNG 4500 Capstone Design I 5 3
Civil Engineering Elective 5 6 3
Civil Engineering Elective 5 6 3
Professional Development Elective 7 3
CORE 1700 Ultimate Questions: Philosophy 3 3
CORE 4500 Reflection-in-Action 3 0
 Credits15
Spring
Critical course:  CVNG 4510 Capstone Design II 5 3
Civil Engineering Elective 5 6 3
Civil Engineering Elective 5 6 3
Professional Development Elective 7 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Course 3 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits125
1

 Students must meet the required Math Index before enrolling in MATH 1510 Calculus I (0,4 cr).

2

Requires one year of high school chemistry with a grade of “C” or better and Pre-Calculus placement.  

3

The University Core Curriculum shall be met by selecting courses for each component from the list of pre-approved courses based on those listed on the University Core Courses webpage. Note: other Core courses may not be substituted for courses specifically listed for the major (e.g. ESCI 1700,  CVNG 1000) 

4

The 4 credit Science elective must be a 3 credit lecture plus 1 credit lab from the list of pre-approved courses. The 4 credit Science elective may not be a chemistry or physics course. Pre-approved courses include:

  • BIOL 1240 General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution/BIOL 1245 Principles of Biology I Laboratory
  • BIOL 1260 General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter/BIOL Principles of Biology II Laboratory
  • EAS 1080 Introduction to Environmental Science/EAS 1081 Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
  • EAS 1420 Introduction to Atmosphere Science/EAS 1425 Introduction to Atmospheric Science Lab
  • EAS 1430 Introduction to Solid Earth/EAS 1435 Introduction to Solid Earth Lab
  • EAS 1450 Introduction to Oceanography/Introduction to Oceanography Lab.
5

A grade of C- or better is required for the prerequisite courses for all CVNG courses.

6

Twelve (12) credits of Civil Engineering Electives are required at the 4000 level or above.  Students who pursue a pre-approved minor may substitute six (6) credits of required courses for a minor for six (6) credits of Civil Engineering Electives.  If a student starts, but drops a minor, that student must complete the 12 credits of Civil Engineering Electives. 

 
7

Nine (9) credits of Professional Development Electives are required from the pre-approved courses list. Exceptions for professional development electives may be granted with departmental approval.  Students who pursue a pre-approved minor may use the 9 credits of professional development electives for courses that count toward that minor.

Infrastructure Analysis and Design
CVNG 4030Foundation Engineering3
CVNG 4050Advanced Structural Analysis3
CVNG 4070Structural Dynamics3
CVNG 4090Advanced Reinforced Concrete3
CVNG 4110Advanced Steel Design3
CVNG 4130Bridge Engineering3
CVNG 4150Prestressed Concrete3
CVNG 4170Seismic Design3
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
CVNG 4250Water Treatment Processes3
CVNG 4260Environmental Solutions in Developing Countries3
CVNG 4330Open-Channel Flow3
CVNG 4350Hydraulic Modeling3
CVNG 4370River Engineering3
Transportation Engineering
CVNG 4450Traffic Engineering3
CVNG 4460Multimodal Roadway Safety3
CVNG 4470Urban Transportation Planning3