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Accredited by ABET (see inside front cover)
Offered by: School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
221 Hollister Hall, 255.3412, www.cee.cornell.edu

Program Objectives

We are dedicated to providing the highest-quality broad-based technical, scientific, and liberal education. We create and maintain an outstanding educational program in a climate that fosters diverse skills designed for professional success. Our objectives are to prepare our students for:

  • excellence in engineering decision-making and design,
  • leadership careers in engineering practice,
  • graduate professional engineering education,
  • advanced study and research in engineering, and
  • diverse, alternative career choices.

Engineering Distributions

  • ENGRD 2020: Mechanics of Solids (required)

Recommended Distributions

  • ENGRD 2110: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures (recommended for students interested in transportation systems engineering)
  • ENGRD 2210: Thermodynamics (recommended for students interested in fluid mechanics and hydraulics/hydrology)
  • ENGRD 2510: Engineering for a Sustainable Society (recommended for students interested in environmental engineering)
  • ENGRD 2610: Mechanical Properties of Materials: From Nanodevices to Superstructures (recommended for students interested in structural and geotechnical engineering)
  • ENGRD 3200d,f: Engineering Computation (recommended for all students)

Required Major Courses

  • CEE 4780e: Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, or
    MAE 2030: Dynamics
  • ENGRD 3200d,f: Engineering Computation
  • CEE 3040g: Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering
  • CEE 3230: Engineering Economics and Management
  • CEE 3310: Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 3410: Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
  • CEE 3510h,i: Environmental Quality Engineering
  • CEE 3610h,i: Introduction to Transportation Engineering
  • CEE 3710 i: Structural Modeling and Behavior

Electives

  • Technical writing course (see listing of approved courses in Courses of Study)c,j
  • One CEE Capstone Design Electivek
  • Two CEE Design Electivesk
  • Two Major-approved electivesk
  • Two Advisor-approved electives
  • One additional science coursem

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CE Checklist

Notes

  1. a. May substitute CHEM 2080 or CHEM 1570 for PHYS 2214.
  2. b. Recommended: ENGRD 2610 for civil infrastructure; ENGRD 2210 for hydraulics; ENGRD 2110 for transportation; ENGRD 2510 for environmental; ENGRD 3200 for all students.
  3. c. In addition to the first-year writing seminars, a technical writing course must be taken as an engineering distribution, liberal studies, approved elective, or Major course.
  4. d. Students using this course as a second engineering distribution must take an additional Major-approved elective.
  5. e. MAE 2030 may be taken in the second year, but CEE 4780 should not be taken until the third or fourth year.
  6. f. ENGRD 3200 may be taken in semester 4 or 6.
  7. g. ENGRD 2700: Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics may be accepted (by petition) as a substitute for CEE 3040 in the Major, but only if taken before affiliation, or in some special cases where co-op or study abroad programs necessitate such a substitution.
  8. h. Students interested in pursuing a concentration in civil infrastructure (geotechnical and structural engineering) may substitute either CEE 3720: Intermediate Solid Mechanics or CEE 4710: Fundamentals of Structural Mechanics for either CEE 3510 or CEE 3610, if they also complete either CEE 4730: Design of Concrete Structures or CEE 4740: Introduction to the Behavior of Metal Structures. However, CEE 3720 or CEE 4710 then counts as a core course only and not as a CEE Design Elective or Major-approved elective.
  9. i. Students may take CEE 3510, 3610, or 3710 in semester 4, depending on their interests.
  10. j. If the technical writing requirement is met with a course that fulfills another requirement (liberal studies, Major-approved elective, etc.), then the student must take an additional elective approved by their faculty advisor.
  11. k. To be chosen from lists available in the CE Undergraduate Office, 221 Hollister Hall. Lists of suggested courses are available for students interested in structural engineering, transportation engineering, fluid mechanics/hydrology, geotechnical engineering, water resources and environmental systems engineering, and environmental engineering.
  12. l. The Major program includes nine (9) credits of courses outside the Major. This group of courses may include ENGRD 2020, MAE 2030, one engineering distribution or elective, and/or a CE Major course outside the Major disciplinary area.
  13. m. Students must take one (1) additional basic science course in addition to the required physics and chemistry sequence. Courses meeting this requirement include: BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1610, BIOMG 1350, and EAS 1540, 2200, 3030, 3050, 3410, 3420, and 3530. Students may petition to have other courses approved. (Note: This course may simultaneously satisfy another requirement, such as an Advisor-approved elective.)