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Civil Engineering

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    Project Aims to Stabilize Expansive Soils Beneath U.S. Roadways

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    Students in Lab

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    Arrow Rock Dam

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    CE Club Concrete Canoe Competition

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    CE Club Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe

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    Civil Student in Lab

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Civil engineering is critical to our modern way of life.  It integrates socioeconomic, political, environmental, and technical considerations in the planning, design, and construction of many structures that define our civilization.
These structures include buildings, canals, tunnels, highways, water and wastewater treatment facilities, harbors, airports, etc.

Civil engineers are involved in

  • developing innovative solutions to characterize and remediate contaminated sites
  • engineering treatment and disposal facilities for hazardous and solid wastes
  • preserving and fostering sustainable development of natural resources
  • protecting society from natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides and hurricanes
  • rebuilding our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure

The Civil Engineering program is advised by an Industrial Advisory Committee made up of members of the civil engineering community interested in the growth and development of the program.

The B.S. program in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Curriculum Changes

Starting in the Fall of 2016

The prerequisites for Senior Design are changing. No more corequisites!
The prerequisites for CE 481 Senior Design I will be:

CE 320 Environmental Engineering
CE 330 Fluid Mechanics (ME 330 will be acceptable, but may require a permission number for CE 481)
CE 341 Construction Materials Lab
CE 352 Structures
CE 360 Soil Mechanics
CE 370 Transportation

The prerequisite for CE 483 Senior Design II will be CE 481 Senior Design I (only).

Additionally ENGR 245 Intro to Materials Science will be dropped from the curriculum. Students will be required to take CE 340 Construction Materials instead.

Student Highlight:

Congratulations to Kristy Newkirk [left] and Thomas Robbins [right] on winning the 2017 Coral Sales Company/Douglas P. Daniels Scholarship award. Damian Casados [middle], Regional Manager for Coral Sales, presented the students with the awards at a special scholarship presentation dinner at Forks Restaurant in Boise, November 14th, 6pm.

The Douglas P. Daniels/Coral Sales Company Scholarship fund was established in 1987 to help support Transportation engineering students at universities in the Pacific Northwest. Since its inception they have recognized nearly 700 recipients. Coral Sales Scholars excel in both leadership and interpersonal communications. These distinguished achievers are destined to become the front runners in the transportation industry.