Curriculum

In order to earn a BTech degree in Civil Engineering, a student should earn a minimum of 160 credits in the course of their study. The credit requirements for their programme of study is comprised of 4 parts:

  • General Education Requirements – Humanities and Social Science (HS)
  • Science and Engineering Requirements – Basic Sciences (BS) and Engineering Science (ES)
  • Disciplinary Requirements comprising of:
    • Civil Engineering Core courses (C)
    • Civil Engineering Technical Electives (TE)
    • Research, Design, and Industry Practice component -- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Summer Internships, Specialized courses through the Study Abroad program, Senior Thesis Project, and Industry CO-OP through the semester.
    • Open Electives from other departments (OE)

One credit corresponds to one hour of lecture, 2 hours of recitation or 2 hours of lab work. Typically, one credit translates to 3 hours of work per week for a student as a combination of in-class and out-of-class engagement with the course work. In-class work corresponds to time spent in lecture, recitation, and discussion sessions. Out-of-class student work includes homework assignments, project work, independent or group study, or other work relating to the course.

General Education Requirements (GER)

The General Education Requirements consist of courses in Humanities and Social Sciences that are aimed at developing communication skills, both oral and written; understanding human cultures, past and present; gaining awareness of concepts, ideas, and systems of thought that underlie human activities; understanding the social, political, and economic framework of societies; and understanding the impact of science and technology on society. Courses pertaining to communication skills, law and ethics, and the relationship between science, technology and society are required of every student.

Science and Engineering Requirements (SER)

The Basic Sciences courses aim to provide outgoing graduates with a strong foundation in the sciences. Required courses include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science. A strong foundation in Mathematics and Physics equips the student with the necessary analytical skills. The Engineering Sciences requirements support multiple objectives: first, the courses provide a foundation in the basic tools and methodologies common to all engineering disciplines; second, all students are exposed to the basics of each discipline, allowing for cross-disciplinary competencies; last, there is a multi-disciplinary project component where students from different engineering disciplines come together on a design project, allowing for practice in collaborative teamwork.

Civil Engineering Degree Requirements

The disciplinary core courses aim to provide students with a solid foundation in their chosen field of study. The disciplinary electives, on the other hand, provide students with an option to gain exposure to different specialisations within the discipline or an opportunity to study one of the subfields in some depth.

Open Electives

The open subject elective courses provide students with wide latitude to pursue their interests, be it in humanities, arts, their chosen field of study, a related discipline, or use it towards developing a concentration in another field as a Minor.

Advanced Undergraduate Subjects and courses within and outside engineering disciplines for “minor” fields of study are curated in partnerships with international experts. The students can elect to consider these additional options upon joining the university.

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