CE Degree Planning (BSE)

Requirements

The civil engineering (CE) Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree requires the completion of 34 courses which are comprised of:

In the CEE Undergraduate Handbook you will find degree check sheets and typical course sequences that outline the degree requirements in a semester by semester format. Where the requirements below list electives you should consult the electives section below for details.

Ethical Inquiry (EI): Effective with students matricularing in Fall 2014, or later, the CE major requires an EI code be possessed by one unit out of the 34 units required for the BSE degree. Students who matriculated before Fall 2014 do not have an EI code requirement.

CEE Undergraduate Handbook

The CEE Undergraduate Handbook (2016-17) contains much of the information on these webpages--and additional information not found on these pages.

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Degree Enhancements

Typical Course Sequence

This plan outlines a student's typical path to graduation by semester. Courses in the table are required unless noted otherwise. This table also identifies pre-requisites and co-requisites. Shifting courses to different semester should be done with caution and preplanning. Work closely with your adviser.

Courses in bold are typically only offered once a year during the semester they are shown in.

First-year - Both Study Tracks (Matriculation in Fall 2016, or Later)

Fall Spring
Calculus I
MATH 111L(31L) (#1)
Calculus II
MATH 112L(32L) (#2)
Computational Methods
EGR 103L(53L)
Mechanics
PHYSICS 151L(61L) (#4)
Chemistry
CHEM 101DL(31L) (#3)
Engineering the Planet
EGR 190
Writing
WRITING 101 (20) (#8)
or
elective (#7)
Writing
WRITING 101(20) (#8)
or
elective (#7)

Sophomore - Both Study Tracks (Matriculation in Fall 2016, or Later)

Fall Spring
Multivariable Calculus
MATH 212(103)
Linear Algebra
MATH 216(107)
Electricity & Magnetism
PHYSICS 152L(62L) (#4)
Dynamics
EGR 244L(123L)
Solid Mechanics
EGR 201L(75L)
Uncertainty, Design & Optimization
CEE 201L(130L)
elective elective 
CE Applied Skills
CEE 205(100) (0.5 unit)
Engineering Communication
EGR 206(150) (0.5 unit)

First-year - Both Study Tracks (Matriculation PRIOR to Fall 2016)

Fall Spring
Calculus I
MATH 111L(31L) (#1)
Calculus II
MATH 112L(32L) (#2)
Computational Methods
EGR 103L(53L)
Mechanics
PHYSICS 151L(61L) (#4)
Chemistry
CHEM 101DL(31L) (#3)
Intro. Structural Engineering
EGR 120L(25L) (#5)
Writing
WRITING 101 (20) (#8)
or
elective (#7)
Writing
WRITING 101(20) (#8)
or
elective (#7)

Sophomore - Both Study Tracks (Matriculation PRIOR to Fall 2016)

Fall Spring
Multivariable Calculus
MATH 212(103)
Linear Algebra
MATH 216(107)
Electricity & Magnetism
PHYSICS 152L(62L) (#4)
Dynamics
EGR 244L(123L)
Solid Mechanics
EGR 201L(75L)
Uncertainty, Design & Optimization
CEE 201L(130L)
Intro. Environmental Engineering
CEE 160L(24L) (#6)
elective 
CE Applied Skills
CEE 205(100) (0.5 unit)
Engineering Communication
EGR 206(150) (0.5 unit)
  • #1 AP credit for MATH 21(31) may be used to satisfy the MATH 111L(31L) requirement. 
  • #2 AP credit for MATH 22(32) may be used to satisfy the MATH 112L(32L) requirement. If AP credit for 21(31) but not 22(32) then take MATH 122L(41L) in first-year Fall.
  • #3 CHEM 101DL(31L). AP credit (i.e., CHEM (20)18 or 21(19)) may be used to satisify this requirement.
  • #4 To satisify the physics requirement, PHYSICS 151L(61L), 152L(62L) and at least one physics course must be taken post-matriculation. If you have AP credit for PHYSICS 25 (61) and 26 (62), you should take PHYSICS 153L (63L).  If you do not wish to take PHYSICS 153L (63L), you have the option of taking PHYSICS 152L (62L), 264 (143), 361 (181), or 362 (182). You do not have the option of taking PHYSICS 151 (61) and then using AP for PHYSICS 26 (62)--unless the only Physics AP credit you have is for PHYSICS 26 (62).
  • #5 EGR 120L(25L) may be replaced with an upper-level S/M course; if not taken in the first or second year then it must be replaced. An upper-level course is a course at the 300-level or higher (100- or 200-level in the old course numbering system).
  • #6 CEE 160L(24L) may be replaced with an upper-level E/W course; if not taken in the first or second year then it must be replaced. An upper-level course is a course at the 300-level or higher (100- or 200-level in the old course numbering system).
  • #7 It is advised that any electives taken in the first year advance the completion of the humanities and social science (HSS) requirements.
  • #8 WRITING 101(20) must be taken in the fall or spring of the first year.

Junior - S/M Study Track

Fall Spring
Differential Equations
MATH 353(108)
Soil Mechanics
CEE 302L(139L)
Fluid Mechanics
CEE 301L(122L) (#9)
Reinforced Concrete Design
CEE 422L(133L)
Structural Analysis
CEE 421L(131L)
Probability & Statistics
STA 130(113)
Systems Optimization & Economics
EGR 305(115)
elective
elective  elective 

Senior - S/M Study Track

Fall Spring
Structural Steel Design
CEE 423L(134L)
Integrated Structural Design
CEE 429(192)
elective  elective 
elective elective
elective   

#9 Although MATH 353(108) may be taken concurrently it is recommended that MATH 353(108) be completed prior to taking Fluid Mechanics, CEE 301L(122L). 

Junior - E/W Study Track

Fall Spring
Differential Equations
MATH 353(108)
Soil Mechanics
CEE 302L(139L)
Fluid Mechanics
CEE 301L(122L) (#9)
Biological Principles
CEE 462L(124L)
Chemical Principles
CEE 461L(120L)
Statistics
STA 130(113)
Systems Optimization & Economics
EGR 305(115)
elective
elective elective

Senior - E/W Study Track

Fall Spring
Water Resources
CEE 463L(123L)
Integrated Environmental Design
CEE 469(193)
elective elective 
elective elective 
elective  

Electives

Completing the general engineering and departmental requirements offer a variety of elective choices. Below you will find the minimum elective requirements for CEE students. When planning electives be cognizant of both pre-requisites and when the course is typically offered.

Five (5) Humanities and Social Science (HSS) electives.

These courses, from the areas of Arts, Literature, and Performance (ALP), Civilizations (CZ), Foreign Language (FL), and Social Science (SS), must meet the following minimum requirements.

  • One (1) Social Science (SS)
  • Two (2) of the three areas: ALP, CZ, and FL
  • For depth, two (2) courses must be from the same department with at least one of those two at the 200-level (100-level), or higher.
  • Limit of two (2) AP credits

One (1) Natural Science (NS) elective. 

Class of 2014 and beyond: complete one of the following courses:

BIOLOGY 201DL (101L) Gateway to Biology: Molecular Biology
BIOLOGY 215/215L (105) Introduction to Mathematical Modeling in Biology
BIOLOGY 275A (144) Biology for Engineers: Informing Engineering Decisions (@ NSOE Marine Lab)
BIOLOGY 311 (147) Systems Biology: An Introduction for the Quantitative Sciences 
EOS 101 (11) The Dynamic Earth
EOS 102 (12) The Dynamic Ocean
EOS 201L (101L) The Solid Earth: Minerals, Rocks, and Structural Geology
EOS 202 (102) Ocean and Atmospheric Dynamics
EOS 370A Introduction to Physical Oceanography (@ NSOE Marine Lab)

BIOLOGY 20(19) (AP credit) may be used to satisfy this requirement.

One (1) Engineering & Applied Science elective.

This can be satisfied either of two ways: 

Option 1: complete one of the following courses:

BME 253L (153L) Biomedical Electronic Measurements I
CEE 307 (207) Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems
CEE 560 (208) Environmental Transport Phenomena
CEE 581 (245) Pollutant Transport Systems
COMPSCI 201 (100E) Data Structures and Algorithms
ECE 110L (27L) Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE 311 (176) Thermal Physics
EGR 224L (119L) Electrical Fundamentals of Mechatronics
ME 221L (83L) Structure and Properties of Solids
ME 331L (101L) Thermodynamics
PHYS 271L (171L) Electronics

or,
Option 2: S/M track students may complete CEE 461L(120L), CEE 462L(124L), or CEE 463L(123L); E/W track students may complete CEE 421L(131L), CEE 422L(133L), or CEE 423L(134L).

CEE elective(s).

Matriculation in Fall 2016, or later.

Two (2) electives. These must be an upper-level CEE courses; an upper-level course is a course at the 300-level or higher (100- or 200-level in the old course numbering system). Courses meeting this requirement include, but are not limited to: architectural engineering (CEE 311(161), CEE 411(162)); sustainable design and construction (CEE 315(185)); and independent study (CEE 491(197), CEE 492(198)).

Matriculation PRIOR to Fall 2016.

One (1) elective. This must be an upper-level CEE course; an upper-level course is a course at the 300-level or higher (100- or 200-level in the old course numbering system). Courses meeting this requirement include, but are not limited to: architectural engineering (CEE 311(161), CEE 411(162)); sustainable design and construction (CEE 315(185)); and independent study (CEE 491(197), CEE 492(198)).

Two (2) unrestricted electives.

These electives are unrestricted with the exception that at most 1.0 units of physical education activity and at most 1.0 units of music activity can be used to meet BSE requirements. House courses cannot be used.

Optional electives.

Students may exceed the minimum 34 units required for the BSE degree. This may be accomplished via AP credits, overloading, and/or summer courses either at Duke or elsewhere.

Study Abroad

The CEE curriculum affords any student the opportunity to study abroad in the Junior Fall semester, with a little planning. Students are always able to pusue study abroad during the summer semester. Many popular institutions for study-abroad offer technical courses that are pre-approved for Duke CEE requirements. Alternatively, students can modify the typical course sequence in order to take humanities electives when they are abroad.

For study abroad in the Junior Fall without any engineering courses, which is not necessary depending on the institution selected, you may

  • Move fluid mechanics (CEE 301L(122L)) to Sophomore Spring. Note that CEE 301L(122L) has co-requisites of MATH 353(108) and EGR 244L(123L), which are easily met if you have AP credit for MATH 21(31).
  • CEE 301L(122L) will need to be offered on Tu-Th mornings in Spring semesters.
  • Move systems optimization & economics (EGR 305(115)) to Senior Fall.
  • S/M Track: Move matrix structural analysis (CEE 421L(131L)) to Senior Fall
  • E/W Track: Move chemical processes (CEE 461L(120L)) to Senior Fall.

To explore the opportunities for global studies visit the Office of Global Education for Undergraduates.