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Philadelphia, PA 19122

1. The total number of credit hours at graduation may be greater for some students based on initial placement exams, transfer evaluations, individual curricular choices, and academic progress.
2. Certain courses fulfill multiple requirements. In consultation with an advisor, students will be able to plan their curriculum more effectively.
3. Students must fulfill the necessary prerequisites for any given course or course sequence. See the Prerequisite and Co-requisite Policy in the university-wide Academic Policies section in this Bulletin.


The programs in Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  These programs lead to a bachelor's degree with concentrations in the following fields of study:

Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)
Electrical Engineering (with Computer Engineering Concentration) (B.S.E.E.)
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)

(Note: The Environmental Engineering Technology program is no longer a field of study. Interested students are directed to the Civil Engineering Program.)

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The engineering programs are structured to prepare the graduate for the professional practice of engineering and/or graduate study. The curricula emphasize a rigorous treatment of the mathematical and scientific approaches to the solution of engineering problems.

The final two years of study stress the synthesis of unique solutions rooted in the fundamental principles mastered during the first two years and culminate in a design project.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Michel Boufadel, Chair
Room 514, Engineering and Architecture Building


Program Goals, Objectives & Design Integration

The objective of the Civil Engineering program at Temple University is to provide students with a broad knowledge of mathematics, physical and engineering sciences, computer utilization, communication skills, and societal factors from which students can synthesize unique solutions to relatively complex problems related to Civil Engineering. Since Civil Engineering professionals plan, design, construct, and operate facilities which are essential to the quality of modern life, the Civil Engineering curriculum is based upon providing a fully-integrated design experience by beginning with introductory courses in the study of engineering history and economics, then progressing through a broad coverage of the primary areas of practice within Civil Engineering (surveying, structures, geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, water resources, transportation, and environmental engineering), and finishing with a year-long capstone Civil Engineering senior design project. The goal of the Civil Engineering program is to prepare students to pursue graduate education in their specific areas of interest, seek professional licensing, and become involved in design, project planning and research.

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All students are required to complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.

New freshmen starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the GenEd curriculum.

New transfer students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.


Foundation Science & Math Courses in Civil Engineering

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Math 1041 Calculus I
4 QB
Math 1042 Calculus II 4  
Math 2043 Calculus III 4  
Math 3041 Differential Equations I 3  
Physics 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4 SA
Physics 1062 Elementary Classical Physics II 4 SB
Chemistry 1031 General Chemistry I 3 SA
Chemistry 1033 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1 SA
Subtotal     27  

Required Communications, Humanities, & Social Science

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd or Core Electives Humanities and Social Science Various* 21 (minimum)  
Subtotal     25  
*See advisor for recommended courses, particularly if a transfer student.

Required Engineering Courses for Civil Engineering

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CE 1105 Surveying
CE 2011 Civil Engineering Materials 2  
CE 3048 Probability, Statistics & Stochastic Methods 3  
CE 3211 Transportation Engineering 3  
CE 3311 Construction Engineering 3  
CE 3331 Soil Mechanics 3  
CE 3332 Soil Mechanics Lab 1  
CE 3411 Structural Analysis
CE 3412 Structural Analysis Lab 1  
CE 3441 Steel & Concrete Design 4  
CE 3711 Environmental Engineering 3  
CE   Electives 9  
Elective   Free Elective 3  
EE 2112 Electrical Devices & Systems I 3  
Engineering 1101 Introduction to Engineering & Eng. Tech. 2  
Engineering 1117 Engineering Graphics 3  
Engineering 2331 Engineering Statics 3  
Engineering 2332 Engineering Dynamics 3  
Engineering 2333 Mechanics of Solids 3  
Engineering 3096 Economic Analysis (optional 3 s.h. course)   WI
Engineering 3496 Materials Science for Engineers 3 WI
Engineering 3553 Mechanics of Fluids 3  
Engineering 3571 Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics 3  
Engineering 4169 Engineering Seminar 1  
Engineering 4196 Senior Design Project I* 1 WI
Engineering 4296 Senior Design Project II* 3 WI
ME 3506 Measurements of Fluids & Energy Lab 1  
Subtotal     72  
Total Hours for Civil Engineering Major 124 (minimum)  

* Senior Design topic must be approved by the chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Concentration in Environmental Engineering

Michel Boufadel, Chair

Room 514, Engineering and Architecture Building


Program Goals, Objectives & Design Integration

The objective of the Concentration in Environmental Engineering within the Civil Engineering program at Temple University is to provide students with the skills needed to understand environmental problems and to design (i.e., engineer) environmental systems to reduce and/or mitigate pollution. Environmental Engineering is a hybrid of Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering, and it is thus natural for a civil engineer to broaden his/her knowledge in Environmental Engineering. Students in this concentration would be in a program that satisfies ABET accreditation for civil engineers, but they are more equipped than typical civil engineers to pass the Fundamental of Engineering and the Professional Engineer exams in the Environmental Engineering Category. The total number of credit hours for this concentration is 21, and the relevant courses are listed below. These courses replace the noted courses above in Civil Engineering.

Please contact the department or visit www.temple.edu/engineering/CEE/curriculum.html for more information.


Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI Prerequisites
Required:     6    
CE 2711 Environmental Chemistry & Microbiology
(replaces ENGRG 3496)
3   CHEM 1031, CHEM 1033
CE 3711 Environmental Engineering 3   ENGRG 3571, ENGRG 3553
Electives:     15 (minimum)
CE 4621 Engineering Hydrology
(replaces CE 3411)
3   Senior standing in engineering or permission of the instructor
CE 4631 Environmental Hydrology
(replaces CE 3441)
3   Senior standing in engineering or permission of the instructor
CE 4711 Air Pollution Control System 3   CE 3711
CE 4721 Water & Wastewater Systems Design 3   CE 3711
CE 4731 Solid & Hazardous Waste Engineering 3   CE 3711
    Other Approved Electives with permission      
Subtotal for Concentration: 21    
Total hours for Environmental Engineering Concentration: 124    


Minor in Environmental Engineering

Room 514, Engineering and Architecture Building

1947 North 12th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers a five-course (15 s.h.) undergraduate Minor in Environmental Engineering. Undergraduates from the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering are eligible to participate in this program.

The purpose of the Minor is to allow students from a wide range of undergraduate majors to obtain an introductory background in sustainability, pollution prevention, environmental modeling, and pollution control technologies most appropriate to their interests and major field. The Minor in Environmental Engineering will add considerably to students' major program skills and make them more valuable to employers. Mathematics and Science majors will gain an understanding of engineering problem-solving processes and standard pollution control technologies. Engineering majors will understand the environmental effects of technologies in their major field and how to manage those effects. After the student completes the requirements for the minor, the minor will be recorded on the student's official university transcript upon graduation.

Academic Requirements for the Environmental Engineering Minor

Students pursuing an Environmental Engineering Minor must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of C- in each course
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 for courses in the Environmental Engineering minor


Two required courses:

  • CE 2711: Environmental Chemistry & Microbiology (prerequisites: CHEM 1031, CHEM 1033)
  • CE 3711: Environmental Engineering (prerequisites: ENGRG 3553, ENGRG 3571)

Three elective courses (minimum) may be taken after completion of the two required courses; choose from the following:

  • CE 4621: Engineering Hydrology
  • CE 4631: Environmental Hydrology
  • CE 4711: Air Pollution Control System
  • CE 4721: Water & Wastewater Systems Design
  • CE 4731: Solid & Hazardous Waste Engineering
  • CE 5622: Fate of Pollutants in Subsurface Environments
  • CE 5623: Near-Surface Environmental Systems
  • CE 5701: Physical Principles of Environmental Systems
  • CE 5702: Chemical Principles of Environmental Systems
  • CE 5703: Mathematical Modeling
  • CE 5771: Chemistry for Environmentally Sustainable Engineering
  • CE 5772: Sustainable Development & Industrial Ecology
  • CE 5792: Biological Principles of Environmental Systems

Students are required to complete prerequisite courses (shown in parentheses above) as indicated for the two required courses. These prerequisite courses do not count toward the minimum of 15 semester hours. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering maintains an approved list of elective courses.

Declaration of Environmental Engineering Minor

Students who are interested in pursuing an Environmental Engineering minor should speak to their advisor in the school or college in which they are pursuing their degree. Students should formally declare the Environmental Engineering minor upon completing no more than 6 credits toward the minor. There is no penalty if the minor is not completed. For more information and to declare the minor, please contact the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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