Sep 21, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering, B.S.E.

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The civil engineering curriculum emphasizes practicality and design, supported by a strong background in scientific and mathematical concepts. The undergraduate program provides a broad background in all aspects of civil engineering, providing our graduates with the flexibility to practice in any of the specialties or to pursue an advanced degree. The program provides an opportunity to get hands-on experience with classes in surveying as well as laboratories in fluid mechanics, hydraulics, soil mechanics, mechanics of materials, structures, steel, and reinforced concrete design. Engineering design experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum beginning with the freshman engineering courses and extending through the last semester of the senior year. Design courses provide working experience with computer software used in the profession. Group and team projects prepare the student for real world engineering experiences.


The Civil Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET,

Program Educational Objectives

The Civil Engineering undergraduate program has established the following program educational objectives that are consistent with the mission of the University and that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates during the first several years following graduation. Civil Engineering program graduates will:

  1. Be productive in the civil engineering profession and/or other professional fields;
  2. Uphold the code of ethics of the profession and be cognizant of social equity and sustainability issues;
  3. Further develop their professional and/or technical qualifications through activities such as, but not limited to, graduate studies, continuing education, licensing, and/or certifications;
  4. Be involved with professional organizations in civil engineering and/or other related fields; and
  5. Exhibit leadership in civil engineering and/or other related fields.

To accomplish these program educational objectives, analysis and design courses in the fields of environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic, structural, and water resources engineering are offered in additional to preparatory courses in oral and written communications, mathematics, sciences, and basic mechanics. A broad base of theory and design is provided along with discussion of current issues and practices of the profession. Through class assignments, students will become proficient in the use of computers and pertinent software, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing, and geographical information system (GIS) programs. Integrated with these courses is the University Core curriculum.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the LMU Civil Engineering Program will have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic concerns
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members come together to provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Civil Engineering Curriculum

Transfer Requirements

Students who are currently enrolled in another major at LMU, but are interested in changing their major to CIVL, must complete CHEM 111 , CHEM 114 ENGR 200 MATH 131 , MATH 132 ; and PHYS 101  with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course before being considered. Final approval of the transfer request resides with the Chair of the Civil Engineering Department.

Major Requirements

(131 semester hours required)

The program shown below is the recommended sequence for a major in civil engineering. A customized program is available in consultation with your faculty advisor, although it must meet minimum ABET-related standards. Students may focus in one or more areas of civil engineering by selecting a minimum of three electives in a particular area of concentration. Electives cannot count for any more than one area of concentration. Selected elective courses will be offered during each academic year.

A minimum of 32 semester hours of science and math, and 48 semester hours of engineering topics are required.

Upper Division Requirements:

Civil Engineering Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year

Total: 14-15 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 17-18 semester hours

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Total: 17-18 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 17-18 semester hours

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Total: 16-17 semester hours

Total: 15-16 semester hours

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Total: 16-17 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 13 semester hours

Total Semester Hours: 131

Electives/Areas of Concentration


    General Structural Water Resources Environmental Geotechnical Transportation Sustainability
ENVS 680 Engineering Geology       X X X X X X X
ENVS 584 Climate Change and Impacts                                      X X     X
ENVS 507 Environmental Engineering and Science Lab       X   X X   X X
ENVS 582 Urban Coasts: Habitats, Stressors, and Resilience       X X   X X   X
ENVS 525 Inland Waters           X X     X
ENVS 505 Aquatic Chemistry             X      
ENVS 608 Contaminant Fate, Transport, and Remediation             X      
ENVS 506 Applied Environmental Microbiology             X      
ENVS 581 Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes       X   X X   X X
ENVS 598  - Toxicology           X     X
ENVS 507 Environmental Engineering and Science Lab             X      
CIVL 530 Design of Concrete Structures         X     X X  
CIVL 574 Sustainable Engineering       X X X X   X  
CIVL 517 Water Treatment Processes       X   X X   X  
CIVL 527 Urban Water Systems and Stormwater Management       X   X X   X  
CIVL 571 Air Quality, Control, and Management             X     X
CIVL 513 Solid Wastes Engineering             X X   X
CIVL 528 Groundwater Hydrology and Sustainable Management       X   X X X X  
CIVL 515 Industrial Waste Management             X     X
CIVL 531 Principles of Water Quality Management             X      
CIVL 549 Hazardous Waste Remediation             X X   X
CIVL 553 Modeling Environmental and Water Resources Systems             X     X
CIVL 526 Surface Water Hydrology       X   X X X X  
CIVL 532 Structural Steel Design         X       X  
CIVL 598  - Highway Engineering     X X     X X  
CIVL 598  - Traffic Engineering     X         X  
CIVL 598  - Construction Engineering     X            


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