Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE)
The BSCE curriculum provides training in the basic sciences, engineering science, general education and design experience. Basic
science includes mathematics, chemistry and physics. Engineering science includes statics, dynamics, fluid dynamics, mechanics of
solids, soil mechanics, construction materials, surveying, thermodynamics and electrical systems. The broad category of general
education includes courses in history, political science, humanities and communication. Design experience entails five subdisciplines
of Civil Engineering: structural, environmental, water resources, geotechnical and transportation engineering.
Lecture and laboratory classes train the student in theory and practical applications. The overall objective is to provide design experience which involves open ended problems that are subject to various constraints. The student learns to work on teams, to examine options and make informed decisions regarding the design of a Civil Engineering system (building, bridge, pipeline, airport, water treatment plant, etc.). The curriculum concludes with a semester−long design project of a typical Civil Engineering project. The project brings all the knowledge gained from the curriculum to focus on the design. Students practice planning, scheduling, data collection, report writing, oral and graphical (CAD) communication in a simulated design office setting.
Master of Environmental Engineering (MEnvE)
The MEnvE program at Texas Tech University is a unique program in the United States in which students can directly earn an ABET-accredited Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering. The MEnvE degree consists of successful completion of a 5-year “freshman-to-master’s degree” program administered by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Texas Tech University. The program has been ABET-accredited at the advanced level, which qualifies the program graduates for reciprocal professional accreditation in Europe, Australia, and many foreign countries, and also qualifies them to pursue their Professional Engineering License in Environmental Engineering. The MEnvE program is referred to as a professional degree program because the program stresses engineering practice rather than research. Students in the program have numerous opportunities for internships, summer jobs, and participation in research activities while in the program.
The first MEnvE graduates received their degrees in May 1997. Since that time, the MEnvE graduates have found employment with national Civil and Environmental Engineering consulting firms (such as CDM, Montgomery Watson Harza, HNTB, Freese and Nichols, Halff and Associates and Kimley-Horn), petrochemical industries (ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips), regional and local consultants, and government agencies. The program has received praise from the employers, as they are impressed by the depth and breadth of the coursework requirements. The employers are also pleased with the team design experiences that are provided in several of the Civil and Environmental Engineering courses. Those graduates who choose to pursue the Professional Engineer license are doing so according to the testing and experience requirements of their states’ professional engineering boards.
The curriculum, consisting of 151 hours of coursework shown on the following page, provides graduates with strong preparation in biology, chemistry, the engineering sciences, and in the specifics of environmental engineering. Students learn to apply the appropriate unit operations or unit processes to treatment systems for solving water or wastewater problem situations. These same systems are applicable to problems encountered in air, soil, and solid/hazardous waste management as demonstrated through advanced courses in these areas. The program strives to instill in each student a spirit of service and leadership and an appreciation of life long learning, as new technological advances and regulatory incentives crop up often. Development of leadership skills, an awareness of professional ethics, and participation in student organizations prepare graduates from the program for professional practice.
Students are formally admitted to the MEnvE program at the end of the second curriculum year after a review is made of the student’s progress. Transfer students can be admitted into the program. Those interested in transferring should consult with one of the MEnvE program advisors to identify courses that will directly transfer between institutions and programs. Each student meets with an assigned faculty counselor at least once a semester to review the student’s progress and academic effort. Students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and must meet the University’s graduate school admission requirements before enrolling in graduate level courses. Those students who fail to meet the Graduate School guidelines are encouraged to complete the undergraduate curriculum through the fourth year and receive a non-accredited Bachelor of Science of Environmental Engineering degree. Students admitted to the graduate program must then adhere to the graduate school requirements to be eligible for graduation.
The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering occupies 91,000 sf of modern classrooms, laboratories, and offices. The building houses laboratories for environmental sciences, geotechnical engineering, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, structural engineering, engineering mechanics and civil engineering materials. The Department also operates a computer lab with 40 high-end PCs connected to the College of Engineering and University network. The lab is equipped with Computer Aided Drafting software, including AUTOCAD and Microstation. Other modern tools for engineering are available.
The Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty are well known for their classroom teaching abilities, their interest in students, and their research productivity. All full-time faculty possess the doctoral degree and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Most faculty have received multiple college- and university-wide classroom teaching awards. Many of the faculty have achieved national and international recognition for their research accomplishments.
The Civil & Environmental Engineering student body enjoys a cohesive, friendly intermingling of classifications. A helpful, cooperative attitude prevails among the students. The enrollment reflects recent increased interest in civil & Environmental Engineering by women and ethnic minorities. Strong capabilities of the students in math, science, and problem solving are translated into a widely recognized work ethic that makes Texas Tech Civil Engineering graduates in high demand upon graduation.
Engineering involves applying scientific and mathematical principles and knowledge to solve the technical problems that confront society. Students studying engineering must develop an understanding of the forces at work within nature in order to learn to control and direct them.
From airports and mass transit systems to a country's first roads, bridges and safe drinking water, civil engineers are responsible for advancing civilization and making the world a better place to live. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree receive training in basic sciences, engineering science, general education and design experience entailing the five subdisciplines of structures, transportation, water resources, geotechnical and environmental.
In the Masters of Environmental Engineering degree program, students find a design-oriented program that culminates in a comprehensive design problem rather than a research-oriented thesis. The program duration is 5 years whereas students typically enter the program as a freshman. Students pursuing a Master of Environmental Engineering (MEnvE) degree receive strong preparation in biology, chemistry, and environmental engineering. Students choosing the MEnvE degree are BSEnvE majors until formally admitted to the MEnvE program at the end of the second curriculum year. Students must pass the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and meet the university's graduate school admission requirements before enrolling in graduate level courses.
All students are responsible for their academic progress. Requirements for undergraduate degrees are established at three different levels:
- The University as a whole (Uniform Undergraduate Degree Requirements).
- The college through which the degree is conferred.
- The particular degree program in which the student is working.
Students should familiarize themselves with all three sets of requirements that must be fulfilled before the degree is granted.
Here is helpful information for Civil and Environmental Engineering students before coming for orientation or advising:
What Mathematics course do I take?
The first question is to determine the appropriate level of Mathematics course in which to register. The Mathematics Department has a Placement Exam that all students must take before they are allowed to register for Math 1451 – Calculus I. This is the first required math course in the Civil and Environmental Engineering degree plans. This Placement Exam can be found on the Mathematics Department website at www.math.ttu.edu. On the left side of the screen in red go to Undergraduate Program and click on Mathematics Placement Exam. There is a practice exam students are encouraged to take before sitting for the Placement Exam. There are a few exceptions to taking this Placement Exam:
- Students who have scored at least 660 on the SATM or at least 39 on the ACTM may enroll in Math 1451 - Calculus I whether they have appropriate previous prerequisite collegiate mathematics credit or the appropriate Math Placement Exam score.
- You can receive credit for Math 1451 - Calculus I if you took the Calculus AB exam and received a score of 4.
- You can receive credit for Math 1451 - Calculus I and Math 1452 - Calculus II if you took the Calculus BC exam and received a score of 4.
- You can receive credit for Math 1451 - Calculus I if you took the CLEP-S:Calculus exam and scored 50.
- You can receive credit for Math 1451 - Calculus I and Math 1452 - Calculus II if you took the CLEP-S:Calculus exam and scored 56.
- You have already received college level credit (dual credit) for Math 1451 - Calculus I.
- You may enroll in Math 1451 - Calculus I if you have received college credit (dual credit) for Math 1550 - PreCalculus.
However, all students are encouraged to take the math placement exam before orientation to provide them with a current assessment of their mathematics skills.
What Chemistry course do I take?
Before taking a chemistry course on the Texas Tech campus, students must take the Chemistry Placement Exam or bring chemistry credit from another institution. CHEM 1307/1107 - Principles of Chemistry I/Principles of Chemistry Lab are the first required chemistry courses in the Civil and Environmental Engineering degree plans and students may enroll in this course with a 50% or better on the Chemistry Placement Exam. Otherwise, students must enroll in CHEM 1301 - Introductory Chemistry CHEM 1301. The Chemistry Placement Exam may be found on the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department website at www.depts.ttu.edu/chemistry. On the left side of the screen in red go to Undergraduate Students, then Departmental Links, then Placement Exam. There is a practice exam that students are encouraged to take. Students should also review high school level chemistry concepts and skills prior to sitting for the Chemistry Placement Exam.
How many credits should I sign up for?
Students are expected to spend approximately two to three hours in preparation for each hour of lecture or recitation. The maximum number of semester hours a student may take without specific permission of the academic dean is as follows: 19 hours per long semester, 16 hours per long semester for students on scholastic probation, and 8 hours per summer term. If you will be working 15 to 20 hours per week, you are advised to take 12 to 14 hours. If you are not working, taking15 to 17 hours is suggested. The BSCE program is built around students taking 14-17 hours per semester to graduate and 15-17 hours per semester to complete the MEnvE.
What are the things to do to be a successful engineering student?
- Pay Attention in class (no texting, social networking, sleeping or reading the paper)
- Go to class, go to class, go to class
- Complete your homework and reading assignments.
- Get Help (and that includes your professor)
- Know your grades are earned, not given
- Remember the objective is to learn from your work not just complete your work.
- Accept that you will not make all As
- Join and get involved in engineering societies.
- Read and comply with the syllabus.
- Develop good study habits.
All Civil and Environmental Engineering students are required to meet with their faculty advisor and our senior advisor every semester before they are allowed to register for subsequent semesters. This appointment should be scheduled during early registration (April or November) for current students. Come prepared by bringing your degree evaluation report and a completed registration sheet. Your advisor can help you navigate through the curriculum in a timely fashion. They can also direct you to services available on campus. For more information, please contact the Academic Programs Advisor
Scholarships are available from the University, the Whitacre College of Engineering and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. For scholarship information and application packets, contact the Texas Tech Office of New Student Relations and the Whitacre College of Engineering as early as possible.
Office of New Student Relations
Texas Tech University
Lubbock , TX 79409-5005
Tel: (806) 742-1482
Additional information on any of the Civil & Environmental Engineering programs or Texas Tech University may be obtained by calling or writing:
Dept of Civil Engineering
P.O. Box 41023
Texas Tech University
Lubbock , TX 79409 -1 023
Tel: (806) 742-3523
Fax: (806) 742-3488
We invite you and your parents to visit the Department of Civil Engineering and discuss career opportunities. We suggest calling beforehand to ensure that faculty advisors are available when you arrive on campus.
Texas Tech University is committed to the principle that in no aspects of its programs shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of race, creed, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all.
The bachelor of science in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.