The Department administers an undergraduate degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree (BSCE), which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). Students following the Civil Engineering curriculum have the opportunity during their senior year to specialize with elective courses in the concentrations of: Geotechnical/Transportation, Structures/Materials, or Water/Environmental. These are fields of study that have special significance for the state of Florida and the Tampa Bay area. Both private industry and public agencies offer many career opportunities for graduates in these fields.
Structural & Materials Engineering: When most people think of Civil Engineering, they usually think of the handiwork of the structural engineer. Structural engineers are responsible for designing great bridges, skyscrapers, factories, commercial buildings and power-plant buildings one sees all over the world. They are also responsible for lesser-seen structures such as offshore oil platforms and outer space structures.
Courses Include: Concepts of Steel Design, Concrete Construction Materials, Concepts of Concrete Design
Geotechnical Engineering: The geotechnical engineer must be knowledgeable about structural design, fluid flow in soils, environmental concerns, and engineering geology. Good written and oral communication skills are essential. Familiarity with current construction practices and techniques is also important. Generally, graduate study is recommended for persons serious about pursuing a career in Geotechnical Engineering.
Courses Include: Geotechnical Engineering I & II, Surveying
Transportation Systems: The field of Transportation Systems Engineering (TSE) encompasses a wide range of subjects including planning, design, and monitoring of transportation infrastructure, systems safety, and applications of emerging and advanced technologies in transportation, network optimization, large-scale microsimulation modeling, and intelligent transportation systems.
Courses Include: Transportation Engineering I & II, Transportation & Society
Water Resources & Environmental Systems: With the continued rapid growth of the world's population, water becomes a more valuable resource with every passing day. The water resources engineer is educated to address critical problems that include locating and developing reliable sources of water, distributing water to users, adequately treating and recycling waste waters, and protecting natural water bodies from environmental degradation.
Courses Include: Water Resources Engineering I & II, Environmental Systems Engineering, Water Quality & Treatment