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Civil Engineering

Core Course Policy

Students in the School of Civil Engineering must satisfy a core course policy to graduate. A core course is defined as any course required for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree that is not required by the First-Year Engineering (FYE) program. The policy is as follows:

  • A student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in all core courses.
  • A student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in a core course in order to use the course as a prerequisite.
  • A student shall be dismissed from the School of Civil Engineering after three attempts to complete a core course where each attempt resulted in a grade of "D+," "D," "D-," "E," "F" or "WF." A grade of "W" does not count toward the three attempts. Re-entry will be solely at the discretion of the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Committee and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Undergraduate Committee has the prerogative to set the requirements, if any, for re-entry.

Technical electives and general education electives are not subject to this policy. Also, the science selective from the FYE program is not subject to this policy.

English Requirement

To meet graduation requirements, students in the School of Civil Engineering must receive a grade of "C-" or better in a first course in English composition.

GPA Requirement

A graduation index of 2.0 or better is required for graduation with a B.S.CE degree. In addition, a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required in all CE courses (all sophomore-level and higher) to qualify for graduation.

Please note:

• The pass/not-pass option may not be used for any courses required for graduation. All required courses must have a letter grade.

• Deviations from the stated curriculum must be approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee of the School of Civil Engineering.

Preparation for Graduate Study

The School of Civil Engineering also offers graduate work leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) for students with non-engineering degrees; Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E) for students with non-civil engineering degrees; Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.CE) for students with B.S.CE degrees; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD.)

Graduate study is an option for outstanding students who wish to undertake advanced study. The regular undergraduate curriculum (or the honors program) provides a strong foundation for graduate study. Students who complete either of the programs with appropriate academic records are encouraged to pursue graduate work. It is also quite common for civil engineering graduates to pursue further study in other professions, such as business or law.

For answers to questions about graduate study, visit the Civil Engineering Graduate Office in the Civil Engineering Building, Room 1141, call 765-494-2166 or visit www.engineering.purdue.edu/CE/Academics/Graduate.