Degree in Civil Engineering - Majors & Programs | Benedictine College

Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science, School of Engineering

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Department Overview

The mission of the Benedictine College School of Engineering is to provide a multidisciplinary engineering undergraduate education built on an authentically Catholic liberal arts foundation. Graduates of the program will be professionals who are excellent problemsolvers, committed to the highest ethical standards, and proficient communicators. They will understand the role of engineering as a profession and their duty, as engineers, to promote the common good of society.

Degree Objectives

  • Balanced & Responsible: Graduates will maintain a balanced lifestyle pursuing what is good, true, and beautiful. As they live out their vocation, they will contribute significantly to personal, family, workplace, community, and church endeavors.
  • Competent & Creative: Graduates will demonstrate technical knowledge and expertise in their profession and will innovate beyond the state of the art.
  • Communicate & Lead: Graduates will demonstrate interpersonal and professional skills so as to effectively lead teams and projects of substantial size.

Career Opportunities*

  • The median annual wage for civil engineers was $84,770 in May 2017.
  • Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects may be best for those who stay abreast of the most recent advances in technology.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Civil Engineers


Darrin Muggli, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
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  • Juan Carlos Araque, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Sean Bauer
    Lab Manager
  • Michael Berry
    Assistant Professor
  • Scott Blonigen, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Peter Merkle, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Darrin Muggli, Ph.D.
    Professor & Department Chair
  • Scott Newbolds, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Patrick O’Malley, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Charlene Smith
    Adjunct Lecturer
  • Steve Spencer
    Assistant Professor
  • Charles Sprouse III, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor

Freshman Year

ENGR-1200Introduction to Engineering2
PHYS-2100Classical Physics I4
CHEM-1200General Chemistry I3
CHEM-1201General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH-1300Calculus I4
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
GNST-1000BC Experience1
ENGR-1100Technical Drawing2
PHYS-2110Classical Physics II4
CHEM-1210General Chemistry II3
CHEM-1211General Chemistry II Lab1
MATH-1350Calculus II4
ENGL-1010English Composition3

Sophomore Year

CIVL-2000Computing in Civil Engineering1
CIVL-2150Geomatics Laboratory2
MATH-2300Calculus III4
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
ENGR-2320Mechanics of Materials3
MATH-3100Differential Equations3
Aesthetic Experience3
Basic Science Elective4

Junior Year

CIVL-3510Structural Mechanics3
ENGR-3150Statistical Data Analysis3
ENGR-3300Fluid Mechanics3
THEO-2000Christian Moral Life3
CIVL-4120Soil Mechanics3
CIVL-3010Soil Mech. & Civil Materials Lab2
CIVL-3310Environmental Engineering3
CIVL-3230Hydraulic Engineering3
CIVLTechnical Elective I3

Senior Year

CIVL-3020Env. & Hyd. Engineering Lab2
CIVLTechnical Elective II3
CIVLTechnical Elective III3
ENGR-3170Engineering Econ. & Society3
Faith Foundation3
Foreign Language4
CIVL-4600Civil Engineering Design 3
CIVLTechnical Elective IV3
CIVLTechnical Elective V3
Foreign Language4
Historical Inquiry3

Final Semester

CIVL-4700Civil Engineering Seminar1
CIVLTechnical Elective VI3
CIVL-COMPSenior Comp Examinationcr
Engineering Elective3
Philosophical Inquiry3
Historical Foundation3
Aesthetic Experience3

Total Program Credits: 145