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:
 19 general requirements and
 15 departmental requirements that include the completion of one or both study tracks.
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 (201617) contains much of the information on these webpagesand additional information not found on these pages.
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 prerequisites and corequisites. 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.
Firstyear  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) 
Firstyear  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 firstyear 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 postmatriculation. 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 upperlevel S/M course; if not taken in the first or second year then it must be replaced. An upperlevel course is a course at the 300level or higher (100 or 200level in the old course numbering system).
 #6 CEE 160L(24L) may be replaced with an upperlevel E/W course; if not taken in the first or second year then it must be replaced. An upperlevel course is a course at the 300level or higher (100 or 200level 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 prerequisites 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 200level (100level), 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 upperlevel CEE courses; an upperlevel course is a course at the 300level or higher (100 or 200level 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 upperlevel CEE course; an upperlevel course is a course at the 300level or higher (100 or 200level 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 studyabroad offer technical courses that are preapproved 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 corequisites 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 TuTh 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.