Civil engineering is about community service, development, and improvement. It involves the conception, planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities essential to modern life: without civil engineering, things like transit systems, offshore structures, and space satellites would not exist. Civil engineers are problem solvers, meeting the challenges of pollution, traffic congestion, drinking water and energy needs, urban redevelopment, and community planning.
At the University of Utah, Civil Engineering students will take a range of math, science, and technical courses, as well as general interest electives. Through their coursework, our students learn how to apply physical, chemical, and biochemical processes to environmental problems, ultimately improving the quality of life across the globe.
Meet with an Academic Advisor to learn more and to plan out your schedule.
Credit earned through Advanced Placement courses in high school may be substituted for corresponding University-level courses, if the credit appears on the student’s University of Utah transcript. Any student who does not feel prepared to continue the math or science sequences, you may choose not to utilize your AP scores. For the full list of AP scores accepted by the University of Utah, click here.
|EXAM & SCORE||SATISFIES||PLACEMENT|
|Biology – 4 or 5||Additional Science Requirement||Additional Science Requirement|
|Chemistry – 3||-||CHEM 1210|
|Chemistry – 4||CHEM 1210||CHEM 1220|
|Chemistry – 5||CHEM 1220||-|
|Calculus AB – 3||-||MATH 1210 or MATH 1310|
|Calculus AB – 4 or 5||MATH 1210||MATH 1310 or MATH 1220|
|Calculus BC - 3||MATH 1210/1310||MATH 1220 or MATH 1320|
|Calculus BC – 4 or 5||MATH 1210/1310 and MATH 1220||MATH 1320 or MATH 1321 or MATH 2210|
|Physics C (Mechanics) – 3||-||PHYS 2210|
|Physics C (Mechanics) – 4 or 5||PHYS 2210||PHYS 2220|
|Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) - 3||PHYS 2210||PHYS 2220|
|Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) – 4 or 5||PHYS 2220||-|
|Statistics – 4 or 5||CVEEN 2310||-|
The following is a suggested four-year schedule for a BS in Civil Engineering. Taking these courses in the years shown will ensure that you have the prerequisites for the following year’s courses. All students take the same engineering courses during their freshman, sophomore, and part of their junior years. Students then select different technical electives to take during their junior and senior year.
The articulation guide is a useful tool to determine what classes can transfer to the U. This guide outlines the courses that will directly transfer from other in-state institutions. If you have any questions about these courses, feel free to reach out to an advisor.
The Civil Engineering Handbook is a very important resource that outlines our program's plan of study, policies, and requirements for graduation. Please review this handbook carefully and reach out to an advisor if you have any questions.