Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering Major, BS in Civil Engineering

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Progression Policies and Requirements

Students are required to be advised every semester. Students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point of at least 2.0 in all civil engineering and environmental engineering courses taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, used to satisfy the graduation requirements. No more than four credit hours of civil and environmental engineering courses in which a C– or lower is the highest grade earned may be counted toward graduation. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within their two selected concentrations.

uTrack Requirements

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students.

Term 1

Credit Hours 15-16

Term 1 Milestone Notes

Term 2

Credit Hours 15

Term 2 Milestone Notes

Term 4

  • 2 Science Electives 3-4 Credit Hours

Credit Hours 16

Term 6 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Term 7

Credit Hours 16

Term 7 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Term 8

  • 1 CE Concentration Elective 3 Credit Hours
  • 1 CE Concentration Lab 1 Credit Hours
  • Expanded Perspectives  Elective 3 Credit Hours *
  • 3 Technical Electives 6 Credit Hours

Credit Hours 16

Term 8 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Total Credit Hours 126-128


  1. Select two of the following concentration sequences: construction sequence (CE 441  or CE 448 , and CE 432  or CE 463 ), environmental sequence (CE 481  or CE 487 , and CE 482 ), geotechnical sequence (CE 430  or CE 533 or CE 437  or CE 533, and CE 432 ), structural sequence (CE 461  or CE 467 , and CE 463 ), transportation sequence (CE 455  or CE 458 , and CE 456 ), water resources sequence (CE 494  or CE 497 , and CE 496 ).
  2. Select from BIOL 101 *, BIOL 102 *, BIOL 150 *, BIOL 158 , BIOL 160 *, BIOL 168 *; Environmental Engineering 513; ESS 462 *; GEOG 131 *; GEOL 101 *, GEOL 103 *, GEOL 107 *.
  3. Must be approved by the Department. Please see the CEE website for a pre-approved list of courses.

* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements .

Civil Engineering Major – Honors Concentration

In addition to satisfying the requirements for the civil engineering major, candidates for the honors civil engineering concentration must also complete the following requirements:

  • Maintain a 3.4 cumulative GPA.
  • Four 100- or 200-level honors courses* (14 hours minimum, at least two courses must be from Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering Fundamentals, Physics, Math, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, or MSE 117 - Honors: Materials Chemistry  or MSE 207 ).
  • Complete two upper-division honors courses in civil engineering (CE 437 , CE 448 , CE 458 , CE 467 , CE 487 , or CE 497 ).
  • Satisfy the Breadth Requirements for the Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program.
* While most students fulfill this requirement with 100- and 200-level courses, students may substitute upper level courses on approval of the Honors faculty.

Civil Engineering Major – Five-Year BS/MS Program

The department offers a Five-Year BS/MS program with a BS (major in civil engineering) and an MS (major in civil engineering or environmental engineering) for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 6 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Tennessee. This program is designed for students attending the University of Tennessee for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.4 in required coursework. Conditional admission to the five-year program may be granted after completion of 65 hours of required coursework, while full admission may be granted after the completion of 96 hours of required coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.4.
  • Admission must be approved by the department and the Graduate School.
  • Students must at least be conditionally admitted to the program prior to taking courses that receive credit for both the BS and MS degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the graduate program director. Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit. Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to the Graduate School.
  • Students will not be eligible for assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.


* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements . All electives must be pre-approved by the advisor and the department head.

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