B.S./M.S., Civil Engineering
Accelerated B.S./M.S. Degrees
The civil engineering integrated B.S./M.S. program allows qualified and dedicated students to complete both B.S. and M.S. degrees in a shorter time (typically, five years instead of six) than traditional B.S. plus M.S. degrees and with less cost than earning the degrees individually. This is accomplished by having 12 credits of 400- and 600-level courses count toward both degrees. The B.S. degree is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Students will need to apply for the B.S./M.S. option at the start of their third year in the B.S. program, and form a graduate committee by the fourth year. For the M.S. portion of this integrated B.S./M.S. degree, students will select one of two tracks: environmental/water resources or civil infrastructure.
To complete the M.S. portion of this program, students will complete a research thesis or a project in addition to the coursework. This will allow students to tailor their graduate studies to meet their interests and prospective career needs. Students admitted to the B.S./M.S. program typically begin their research thesis or project during their third year. This early research start allows students to develop technical skills and to become familiar with their potential M.S. project early on in their program. Students pursuing an M.S. with a research thesis will conduct field/laboratory research and produce a thesis generally equivalent to a manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal. Students pursuing an M.S. with a project will conduct a research project that may be based solely or partly on technical analysis, meta-analysis, or literature review and synthesis. This can include writing a technical report, review article, or a different activity as decided by the faculty advisor and the student committee. To ensure the success of students in this program, students will need to closely work with their faculty advisor and the graduate committee.
Minimum Requirements for Civil Engineering B.S./M.S. Degrees: 143 credits