B.S.E. Civil Engineering (extended major)

This degree plan in civil engineering is designed so that students, upon successful completion of the degree will be capable in the areas of structural engineering, water resources engineering, transportation engineering, and geotechnical engineering.  The students will:  


  1. Possess a foundation of mathematical and scientific principles in calculus through differential equations, statistics, calculus-based physics, and general chemistry. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes a, b, e, j and k, and Civil Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)

  2. Define and solve engineering problems, and create, evaluate, and document engineering designs of systems or components.  (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes a,c, e, g, and h, and Civil Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)

  3. Properly apply tools and methodologies to design and conduct experiments, to model or simulate processes and phenomena, and to analyze, interpret, and report results. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes a, b ,g, and k, and Civil Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)  

  4. Work successfully and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse and multi-disciplinary teams and as individuals in public and private organizations, understanding the impact of societal and political systems on the engineering design process. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes c, d, g, h, and j)

  5. Strive to improve their professional skills and abilities and to update their knowledge and understanding of contemporary professional issues. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes c, f, h, i, j, and k, and Civil Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)

  6. Recognize the practice of engineering as a privilege and adhere to the standards and ethics of the profession, including licensure requirements, to protect and promote public health, safety, and welfare. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes f and i and Civil Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)


To earn this degree, you must complete at least 130 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:  

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)  


Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in U.S. ethnic diversity and one in global diversity awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.


Also be aware that NAU requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).  


Also note that you canít have more than one grade of D in your required engineering, mathematics, and science courses.  


Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 130 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.  

Preprofessional Requirements  

These 63 units provide a foundation for later advanced studies in your major field as well as a basic understanding of other fields of engineering:


You take the following 30 units of mathematics and science courses:

You take the following 30 units of engineering science courses:

Additional requirements include:

Professional Requirements  

You take the following 48 units, which provide you with an overview of different areas in civil engineering and a solid background for further specialization in your field of interest:  

If you wish to enhance your education in the area of environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, mathematics, or construction management, you can easily pursue a minor in each discipline with the addition of a small number of courses and by consulting with the respective disciplinary advisors.

General Electives  

Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 130 units of credit.  


You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)  


Click here for more information about Civil and Environmental Engineering undergraduate courses and faculty.