BSCE Course Plans

BS in Civil Engineering

Degree Requirements and Course Plans

Academic Year 2020-2021 Degree Requirements & Course Plans

Students are encouraged to schedule an advising appointment if they have questions or concerns regarding their assigned course plan: Advising.


General University Requirements

BSCE 4-year Course Plan

Below is the suggested four-year BSCE Course Plan. Students are assigned Track 1 or Track 2 after admission to the Upper Division. For a printable version, please see: BSCE 4-Year Course Plan AY 2020-2021.

Students may meet with a CEE academic adviser to discuss a modified plan or reduced course load.

Freshman Year

Fall Winter Spring
Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits
MTH 251 4 MTH 252 4 MTH 261 4
CH 221 4 CH 222 4 CE 115 3
CH 227 1 CH 228 1 Freshman Inquiry 5
CE 111 3 CE 112 3    
Freshman Inquiry 5 Freshman Inquiry 5    
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 17 Total Credits 12

Notes:
Shaded courses must be completed prior to Upper Division admission. More information on admission requirements can be found on the Upper Division Admission page

Sophomore Year

Fall Winter Spring
Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits
MTH 254 4 MTH 256 4 EAS 215 4
PH 2211 3 PH 2221 3 PH 2231 3
PH 2141 1 PH 2151 1 PH 2161 1
EAS 211 4 EAS 212 4 CE 211 3
Sophomore Inquiry2 4 Sophomore Inquiry2 4 CE 212 1
        Sophomore Inquiry2 4
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16

Notes:
Shaded courses must be completed prior to Upper Division admission. More information on admission requirements can be found on the Upper Division Admission page

PH 211-213 are interchangeable with PH 221-223.

EC 314U is included in the following Upper Division Clusters: a) Understanding Communities, b) Design Thinking, and c) Knowledge, Values, Rationality. Please speak with an adviser before selecting sophomore inquiry and Upper Division Cluster courses.

Apply for the Upper Division during your Sophomore year by April 15th. More information on applying can be found on the Upper Division Admission page.

Junior Year

Fall Winter Spring
Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits
CE 361/L 4 CE 362/L 4 CE 341/L 4
CE 321/L 4 CE 324 4 CE 325 4
CE 410 STATS 4 CE 371 4 CE 364 4
CE 315 1 CE 351 4 EC 314U2 4
    G 301 3    
Total Credits 13 Total Credits 19 Total Credits 16

Notes:
EC 314U is included in the following Upper Division Clusters: a) Understanding Communities, b) Design Thinking, and c) Knowledge, Values, Rationality. Please speak with an adviser before selecting sophomore inquiry and Upper Division Cluster courses

Senior Year

Fall Winter Spring
Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits
BSCE Elective5 4 CE 444 4 BSCE Elective5 4
Transportation Elective3 4 BSCE Elective5 4 BSCE Elective5 4
Structural Elective4 4 CE 484/L 3 CE 494/L 3
Upper Division Cluster2 4 Upper Division Cluster2 4 BSCE Elective5 4
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 14

Notes:

EC 314U is included in the following Upper Division Clusters: a) Understanding Communities, b) Design Thinking, and c) Knowledge, Values, Rationality. Please speak with an adviser before selecting sophomore inquiry and Upper Division Cluster courses

Choose one: CE 450, CE 458, CE 459, CE 462, or CE 493. Additional courses count toward BSCE elective course work.

Choose one: CE 432 or CE 434. Students interested in structural engineering should take both; one will count as four credits of BSCE elective course work.

5Approved BSCE electives are listed on the PSU Bulletin.

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BSCE Track 1 Course Plan

Below is the Track 1 BSCE Course Plan. Students are assigned Track 1 or Track 2 after admission to the Upper Division. For a printable version, please see: BSCE Track 1 Course Plan AY 2020-2021.

Students may meet with a CEE academic adviser to discuss a modified plan or reduced course load.

Junior Year Track 1

Fall Winter Spring
Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits
CE 361/L 4 CE 362/L 4 CE 341/L 4
CE 321/L 4 CE 324 4 CE 325 4
CE 410 STATS 4 CE 371 4 CE 364 4
CE 315 1 CE 351 4 EC 314U 4
    G 301 3    
Total Credits 13 Total Credits 19 Total Credits 16

Notes:
Shaded courses are Track 1 classes that can only be taken in the assigned term. 

EC 314U is included in the following Upper Division Clusters: a) Understanding Communities, b) Design Thinking, and c) Knowledge, Values, Rationality. Please speak with an adviser before selecting sophomore inquiry and Upper Division Cluster courses

Senior Year Track 1

Fall Winter Spring
Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits
BSCE Elective4 4 CE 444 4 BSCE Elective4 4
Transportation Elective2 4 BSCE Elective4 4 BSCE Elective4 4
Structural Elective3 4 CE 484/L 3 CE 494/L 3
Upper Division Cluster1 4 Upper Division Cluster1 4 BSCE Elective4 4
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 14

Notes:
Shaded courses are Track 1 classes that can only be taken in the assigned term. 

EC 314U is included in the following Upper Division Clusters: a) Understanding Communities, b) Design Thinking, and c) Knowledge, Values, Rationality. Please speak with an adviser before selecting sophomore inquiry and Upper Division Cluster courses

Choose one: CE 450, CE 458, CE 459, CE 462, or CE 493. Additional courses count toward BSCE elective course work.

Choose one: CE 432 or CE 434. Students interested in structural engineering should take both; one will count as four credits of BSCE elective course work

4Approved BSCE electives are listed on the PSU Bulletin.

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BSCE Track 2 Course Plan

Below is the Track 2 BSCE Course Plan. Students are assigned Track 1 or Track 2 after admission to the Upper Division. For a printable version, please see: BSCE Track 2 Course Plan AY 2020-2021.

Students may meet with a CEE academic adviser to discuss a modified plan or reduced course load.

Junior Year Track 2

Fall Winter Spring
Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits
CE 324 4 CE 361/L 4 CE 362/L 4
CE 410 STATS 4 CE 325 4 CE 321/L 4
CE 315 1 CE 351 4 CE 371 4
EC 314U 4 G 301 3 Upper Division Cluster 4
    Upper Division Cluster 4    
Total Credits 13 Total Credits 19 Total Credits 16

Notes:

Shaded courses are Track 2 classes that can only be taken in the assigned term. 

EC 314U is included in the following Upper Division Clusters: a) Understanding Communities, b) Design Thinking, and c) Knowledge, Values, Rationality. Please speak with an adviser before selecting sophomore inquiry and Upper Division Cluster courses.

Senior Year Track 2

Fall Winter Spring
Course Credits Course Credits Course Credits
Structural Elective3 4 CE 444 4 BSCE Elective4 4
Transportation Elective 4 BSCE Elective4 4 BSCE Elective4 4
CE 364 4 BSCE Elective4 4 BSCE Elective4 4
CE 341/L 4 CE 484/L 3 CE 494/L 4
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 14

Notes:

Shaded courses are Track 2 classes that can only be taken in the assigned term. 

Choose one: CE 450, CE 458, CE 459, CE 462, or CE 493. Additional courses count toward BSCE elective course work.

Choose one: CE 432 or CE 434. Students interested in structural engineering should take both; one will count as four credits of BSCE elective course work.

4Approved BSCE electives are listed on the PSU Bulletin.

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General Education Requirements for Undergraduate Engineering Programs

There are two (2) separate sets of general education requirements:

  • University Requirements
  • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS) Requirements

You must satisfy BOTH sets of requirements.


University Requirements

  • Freshmen entering with 29 or fewer prior university/college credits must complete all University Studies Requirements, including freshman and sophomore inquiry sequences and upper division cluster courses.
  • Continuing and transfer students with 30-89 prior university/college credits must complete the following program:
    • Sophomore Inquiry: 30-59 credits, three courses; 60-74 credits, two courses; 75-89 credits, one course. The upper division cluster must be linked with one of these Sophomore Inquiry courses. 
    • Upper Division Cluster: three courses
  • Continuing and transfer students with 90-134 prior university/college credits must complete the following program:
    • University Studies requirements beginning with Upper Division Cluster Courses. It is strongly recommended that students also take the single Sophomore Inquiry courses that is linked to the chosen Upper Division Cluster.
  • Continuing and transfer students with 135 or more prior university/college credits are not required to complete the Upper Division Cluster*.

Placement For Transfer Students

Credits Transferred University Studies Placement
0-29 credits Freshman Inquiry
30-59 credits 3 Sophomore Inquiry
60-74 credits 2 Sophomore Inquiry
75-89 credits 1 Sophomore Inquiry
90- 134 credits Upper Division Cluster
135+ credits* NA*

*Only applicable to students admitted to PSU Fall 2020 or later. Students admitted Summer 2020 or earlier who have completed 135+ credits will still be required to complete the Upper Division Cluster.


Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science General Education Requirements

  • Transfer students must complete a minimum of 27 credits of University Studies courses and/or Arts and Letters/Social Science courses at either their previous college or PSU in additional to the 12 credits of required upper division cluster courses that must be taken at PSU.
  • Transfer students who have not taken Freshman Inquiry must have completed:
    • For Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical: W R 121 and COMM 220 or equivalent course
    • For Civil and Environmental: W R 121, W R 227, and COMM 100 or 220 (recommended)
  • Civil Engineering students must complete EC 314U Public & Private Investment Analysis.

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