College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering

4YR Progression Plan-Classic

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. MAT136 Calculus I 4
Description: Calculus of one variable; basic concepts, interpretations, techniques, and applications of differentiation and integration. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 125 or MAT 125H with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 65+; MATHC 65+; PLACE 70+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. CHM151 General Chemistry I 4
Description: Fundamental chemistry principles presented at a level appropriate for preprofessional, science, and engineering majors, including students proceeding to CHM 235 and 238. Prerequisites: high school chemistry or CHM 100 plus intermediate algebra; recommended: CHM 151L. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 108 or MAT 114 w/ a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS 50+)
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. CHM151L General Chemistry I Lab 1
Description: Introduces important lab practices, stoichiometry, and the analysis of chemical unknowns. 2 hrs. lab including lecture time when appropriate. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Pre- or Corequisite: CHM 151
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
6. NAU100 Transition To College 1
Description: Interactive course designed to facilitate student success through exploration of academic, navigation, and life skills, familiarize students with campus resources and services, and assist students in forming a support network. Letter grade only.
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE150 Intro To Envrnmntl Engineering 3
Description: Scientific and technical introduction to contemporary ecological, environmental, and engineering issues. Common contaminants, sources and effects, measurements, pollution prevention and control technologies, regulatory policies, and environmental ethics. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 108 or higher with a grade of C or better or Math Placement Tests Results (ALEKS MATHC 50+) and Pre- or Corequisite: CHM 130 or CHM 151
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. CENE180 Computer Aided Drafting 2
Description: Fundamentals of graphical communications, including sketching, computer aided drafting, standards, scaling, and basic civil and environmental engineering design applications. 1 hour lecture/3 hour laboratory. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Pre- or Corequisite: MAT 125 or MAT 125H or higher with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. EGR186 Intro To Engineering Design 3
Description: Introduces the design process, problem-solving techniques, teaming skills, oral and written communication skills, and tools for success in academic and professional careers. Multiple hands-on projects. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 125 or higher. Must have earned grade of C or better in prerequisite course.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. MAT137 Calculus II 4
Description: Concepts, techniques, and applications of integration, differential equations, Taylor polynomials, infinite series. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 136 with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. PHY161 University Physics I 4
Description: First course in the three-semester, calculus-based, introductory physics sequence. Classical mechanics. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 136 or MAT 136H or higher with a grade of C or better
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE225 Engineering Analysis 3
Description: Graphical and numerical descriptive statistics, probability, inferential statistics, discrete and continuous random variables, sampling error, hypothesis testing, experiment design, and linear regression with engineering applications. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 137 with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. CENE251 Applied Mechanics Statics 3
Description: Fundamentals of applied mechanics, vector algebra, equivalent force systems, equations of equilibrium, structures, centroids, friction, moments of inertia. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: PHY 161 and MAT 137 with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. CENE270 Surveying 3
Description: Introduction to basic land surveying and construction-layout principles and methods using contemporary equipment and software, including datums and coordinates, elementary geodesy, leveling, distance and angle measurement, topographic and quantity surveying, and calculation of horizontal and vertical curves. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 180 and (MAT 125 with a grade of C or better) or ALEKS 65+
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. MAT238 Calculus III 4
Description: Vector functions and multidimensional calculus; partial derivatives, gradients, optimization, multiple integrals, parametric curves and surfaces, vector calculus, line integrals, flux integral, and vector fields. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: MAT 137 with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. PHY262 University Physics II 3
Description: Second course in the three-semester, calculus-based, introductory physics sequence. Electricity, magnetism, and thermodynamics. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (PHY 161 or PHY 171) and Pre- or Corequisite: MAT 137 or higher
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE253 Mechanics Of Materials 3
Description: Effects of axial, flexural, torsional, and combined stresses on elastic beams, shafts, and columns. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 251 with a grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. CENE253L Mechanics Of Materials Lab 1
Description: Lab experiments to reinforce the concepts discussed in CENE 253. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 251 or CENE 253 with a grade of C or better or Corequisite: CENE 253
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. CENE286 Cene Design: The Process 3
Description: The process of engineering design, teaming, and engineering impacts in global, economic, environmental and social contexts. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: EGR 186 and CENE 180 with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. ME291 Thermodynamics I 3
Description: Energy and entropy concepts, applications; first and second law principles, applications to processes and cycles. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 151 and (MAT 238 or 239) Pre- or Corequisite: PHY 262. Must have earned grades of C or better in all prerequisite courses. Must concurrently enroll in ME 291R unless earned grade of B or better in MAT 238
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. MAT239 Differential Equations 3
Description: Solutions of first-order differential equations, nth-order linear equations, systems of linear differential equations, series solutions. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: MAT 238 with a grade of C or better or Corequisite: MAT 238
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
6. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE333 Water Resources I 3
Description: Introduction to the fundamentals of hydraulic analysis, including the theory, concepts and use of conservation laws as applied to hydrostatics, pipe flow, pipe networks, turbo-machinery, hydraulic thrust forces and open-channel flow. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 251 and MAT 238 with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. CENE376 Structural Analysis I 3
Description: Determinate structures, cables, shear and moment diagrams, influence lines, moving loads, deflection methods, approximate analysis of indeterminate structures, and computer analysis. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 253 with grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. CENE420 Traffic Study And Signal 3
Description: Basic concepts including driver-roadway-vehicle systems, traffic studies, capacity analysis, and traffic-control devices. Lab introduces traffic-engineering studies and signal-system operations and design, including computer applications. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Co-convenes with CENE 541. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 225 and (CENE 286 or EGR 286) with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. ME252 Applied Mechanics Dynamics 3
Description: Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies using vector analysis; solution methods: force-mass-acceleration, work and energy, impulse and momentum, translating and rotating coordinate systems. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 251 and (MAT 238 or MAT 239) with grades of C or better. Must concurrently enroll in ME 252R, unless earned grades of B or better in MAT 238 and CENE 251.
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. SCIELECTIVE Science Elective 3 SCIELECTIVE Notes
Notes: * Complete 3-4 units of: BIO 181/181L, CHM 152, CHM 230, GLG 101/103 or PHY 263
6. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PHI105 Introduction To Ethics 3
Description: Introduces philosophical analysis of the ethical life. Reading and critical discussion of both classical and contemporary texts. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option B-
PHI331 Environmental Ethics 3
Description: Critical examination of the moral reasons for protecting and preserving the environment. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Engineering program fee assessed
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE333L Water Resources Lab 2
Description: Lab for CENE 333. Provides hands-on experience in solving design problems involving hydrology and hydraulic concepts. Use of contemporary hydraulics software and instrumentation, lab work, and field work. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 333 with grade of C or better
2. CENE336 Water Resources II 3
Description: Concepts and application in surface water and groundwater hydrology and design, including watershed hydrology and processes, and retention basin design; analysis of drainage and flood control systems; scour and deposition; aquifer and water well testing and design. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 333 with grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
3. CENE383 Geotechnical Engineering I 3
Description: Origin of soils, identification/classification of earth materials, subsurface exploration, index properties, compaction, permeability, seepage, strength, and settlement, introduction to earth pressure analysis, and Terzaghi's Bearing Capacity. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 253 with a grade of C or better and Corequisite: CENE 383L
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. CENE383L Geotechnical Engineering I Lab 1
Description: Lab tests and experiments to reinforce the concepts discussed in CENE 383. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 383 with a grade of C or better or Corequisite: CENE 383
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. CENE386W Engineering Design:The Methods 3
Description: Methods of engineering design, including project planning and management, project economics, assessment of engineering impacts on social and cultural concerns, and professional writing. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (EGR 286 or CENE 286) with a grade of C or better and (ENG 105 or HON 190 with grade of C or better or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+))
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
6. LS/DIVCOURSE Liberal Studies/Diversity Course 3
Engineering program fee assessed

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE401 Fe Exam Preparation 1
Description: Preparation for professional practice course; topics include program outcomes evaluation and review of fundamental engineering skills. Letter grade only
Prerequisite: EGR 386W
2. CENE418 Highway Engineering 3
Description: Highway capacity analysis and geometric design, including driver-roadway-vehicle model, traffic characteristics, level of service, human factors, safety, drainage, and specs. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 225, 270, 383 and 420 with grades of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. CENE431 Municipal Engineering 3
Description: Physical design of water and wastewater treatment facilities, including culvert design, sewer layout, water distribution systems, pump stations, tanks, weirs, manifolds and facility plans and profiles. Basic unit operations and storm- water management. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 333 with grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. CENE438 Reinforced Concrete Design 3
Description: Working stress and strength design concepts, beams, columns, slabs, retaining walls and footings. Computer applications. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 376 with grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. CENE450 Geotechnical Engineering II 3
Description: Advanced methods in geotechnical evaluation and design, with applications in foundations, earth retention systems, slope stability, ground improvement, and geosynthetics (varies from semester to semester). Co-convenes with CENE 550. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 383 with grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
6. CENE476 Egr Design: Capstone Prep 1
Description: Involves forming design teams, selecting projects with sponsor interaction, and completing a project proposal accepted by the sponsor. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 383, EGR 386W and (CENE 336, 376 and 420 for Civil Engineering Majors) or (CENE 332 and 333 for Environmental Engineering Majors) with grades of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
7. TECOURSE Technical Elective 3 TECOURSE Notes
Notes: * Technical electives include 9 units of coursework. At least 6 units must have a CENE prefix See catalog for a list of course selections.
Submit graduation application this term
Engineering program fee assessed
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CENE486C Engineering Design 3
Description: Involves design methodology and decision making and preparing team design projects that culminate in oral and written reports. Must be taken in the year in which you graduate. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CENE 476 with a grade of C or better
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. TECOURSE Technical Elective 3 TECOURSE Notes
Notes: * Technical electives include 9 units of coursework. At least 6 units must have a CENE prefix See catalog for a list of course selections.
3. TECOURSE Technical Elective 3 TECOURSE Notes
Notes: * Technical electives include 9 units of coursework. At least 6 units must have a CENE prefix See catalog for a list of course selections.
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LS/DIVCOURSE Liberal Studies/Diversity Course 3
Engineering program fee assessed

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 137 (4)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) PHI 105 (3)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) PHY 161 (4), PHY 262 (3)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) MAT 136 (4)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

A minimum of 130 units are required for this degree. This plan as written has 131 units.
You can not have more than one grade of D in your engineering, mathematics, and science courses. All pre-requisite courses must be completed with grades of "C" or better.

* Science electives include 3-4 units of:  BIO 181/181L, CHM 152, CHM 230, GLG 101/103, PHY 263.

** Technical electives include 9 units from the following list. At least 6 units must have a CENE prefix.   

  •  CENE 280, 330, 332, 335, 377, 410, 434, 436, 437, 440, 457, 460, 462, 485, 497, 499, 540, 541, 543, 545, 550, 551, 560, 562, and 568
  • CM 329, 388, 460, 491, 499; EE 188; ME 340, 435, 450, 451, 454, 455
If you are in the Integrated Bachelor's/ Master's program and are using technical electives for your Master's program, you should take 500 level courses rather than the 400 level corresponding course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Engineering Programs
Building 69, Room 122
Phone: 928-523-5251
http://cefns.nau.edu/Academic/CENE/

Debbie Wildermuth
Academic Services Coordinator
College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences
Building 21, Room 132
Phone: 928-523-3842
Email: cefnsacademic@nau.edu

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the Academic Catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your Academic Requirements, advisement report.

Some courses may have prerequisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or prerequisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.