Bachelor of Science
The undergraduate degree program at Texas State is unique, interdisciplinary, and transformational. Few civil engineering programs in the country holistically focus on the application of technology to the monitoring and maintenance of civil infrastructure assets. Ultimately, our goal is to maintain the safety, economic value, and in-place performance of an infrastructure asset by impacting its sustainability and improving its life-cycle costs.
What this means is that every civil engineering course, some general engineering courses, and the TEI five-course core sequence addresses at least one of the basic components of Technology-enhanced Infrastructure. The TEI core includes CE 1210, CS 1342, ENGR 3373, CE 3310, and CE 4356. Further, the academic program is configured so that students can progress from being a novice to having a firm understanding of TEI by the time they reach the Civil Engineering Design (Capstone) sequence. This is accomplished by adding more depth to the TEI coverage each semester.
We also place great value on helping students develop their technical writing and presentation skills. Starting with the second semester of the sophomore year, students will work in small groups to complete a project, write a short technical paper, and make a short technical presentation each semester. This structure is designed to help students be better prepared to complete these same tasks as part of the Civil Engineering Design (Capstone) sequence.
Being a new civil engineering program, we will be following the standard ABET process to become accredited, just as was the case for all existing programs across the country. When a new program is accredited by ABET, that accreditation is retroactive to the start of the program.
As part of the curriculum, students must select a Basic Science Elective from the following; BIO 1330/1130 Functional Biology and Laboratory, BIO 1331/1131 Organismal Biology and Laboratory, or GEOL 1420 Physical Geology (includes a laboratory).
Students must also select a Civil Engineering Infrastructure Design Elective from a prescribed list of acceptable infrastructure design courses. Students also have two Civil Engineering Technical Electives to complete. With the design elective, these courses provide an opportunity for depth in an individual’s program of study.