Civil Engineering

Chairperson: Paul Nowak (Associate Dean)
Professors: N. Bormann, S. Ganzerli, A. Khattak, P. Nowak (Associate Dean)
Associate Professor: S. Niezgoda, R. Young
Assistant Professors:
M. Muszynski
Instructor: Andrea Hougen

Civil engineers are problem solvers who often utilize sophisticated technologies to find solutions to a huge variety of the challenges facing society. A civil engineer plans, designs and supervises construction of numerous infrastructure facilities required by modern society. These facilities exist in both the public and private sectors, and vary in scope and size. Examples of civil engineering projects include space satellites and launching structures, offshore drilling platforms, bridges, highways, buildings, transportation systems, dams, irrigation systems, water supply and treatment systems, wastewater collection and treatment systems, flood control facilities, solid and hazardous waste management, and environmental restoration. Civil engineers have important roles in analysis, design, management, regulatory enforcement, and policy development. To participate effectively in this broad scope of activities, civil engineers acquire technical and problem solving skills, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Students completing the requirements for a degree in civil engineering have a choice of technical electives from four areas: Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering.

The department of Civil Engineering, in conjunction with its various constituencies, has clearly defined program objectives. These engineering program objectives are listed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science section of this catalogue, and by the Gonzaga University Mission Statement that may be found at the beginning of the catalogue.

B.S. in Civil Engineering: 132 Credits
First Year
ENSC 100 Engineering Seminar* 1 credit
MATH 157 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4 credits
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
3 credits
CHEM 101L General Chemistry I Lab
1 credit
CPSC 121 Computer Science I 3 credits
ENGL 102-ENGL 106 Introduction to Literature 3 credits
RELI 1XX Scripture Elective 3 credits
ENSC 205 Statics 3 credits
MATH 258 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4 credits
PHYS 103 Scientific Physics I 3 credits
PHYS 103 Scientific Physics I Lab and Recitation 1 credit
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 credits
COMM 100 Introduction to Speech Communication 2 credits
PHIL 101 Introduction to Critical Thinking 2 credits
Second Year
CENG 261 Introduction to Geomatics 2 credits
CENG 261L Introduction to Geomatics 1 credit
MATH 259 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4 credits
PHYS 204 Scientific Physics II 3 credits
PHYS 204L Scientific Physics II Lab 1 credit
CENG 225 Engineering Geology 3 credits
PHIL 201 Philosophy of Human Nature 3 credits
ENSC 301 Mechanics of Materials I 3 credits
ENSC 306 Dynamics 3 credits
MATH 260 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 credits
MATH 321 Statistics for Experimentalists 3 credits
RELI 2XX Religion History/Theology Elective 3 credits
Third Year
CENG 302L Construction Materials Lab 1 credits
CENG 301 Structural Analysis I 3 credits
CENG 331 Soil Mechanics 3 credits
CENG 331L Soil Mechanics Lab 1 credit
ENSC 352 Fluid Mechanics 3 credits
CENG 303 Environmental Engineering 3 credits
PHIL 301 Ethics 3 credits
CENG 404 Sustainable Systems and Design 3 credits
CENG 351 Engineering Hydrology 3 credits
RELI 3XX Religion Elective 3 credits
CENG 391 Civil Engineering Design and Practice 3 credits
CENG 352 Hydraulic Engineering 3 credits
CENG 352L Hydraulic Engineering Lab 1 credit
CENG 305 Environmental Engineering Lab 1 credit
Fourth Year
CENG 411 Steel Design 3 credits
CENG 473 Foundation Design 3 credits
ENSC 491 Senior Design Project I 2 credits
PHIL 4XX Philosophy Elective 3 credits
- - - Technical Elective ** 3 credits
- - - Technical Elective 3 credits
CENG 412 Concrete Design 3 credits
ENSC 492 Senior Design Project II 3 credits
- - - Technical Elective 3 credits
- - - Technical Elective 3 credits
ENSC 400 Fundamentals of Engineering Exam*** 1 credit
*ENSC 100, is not required of transfer students nor of students enrolled in the Honors Program or the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
** Civil engineering students enrolled in the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program can waive one technical elective.
*** The Washington State Fundamentals of Engineering Examination must be taken as part of the ENSC 400 course.
Technical Electives

Courses from the following list satisfy the technical elective requirements. Before selecting technical electives, students should consult with their advisor. To aid in course selection, the discipline(s) covered in each course are identified as follows: environmental engineering (E), geotechnical engineering (G), structural engineering (S), and water resources engineering (W).

  • CENG 304 Environmental Engineering Chemistry (E, W)
  • CENG 390 Structural Analysis II (S)
  • CENG 413 Groundwater (E, G, W)
  • CENG 414 Waste Management (E)
  • CENG 415 Masonry and Timber Design (S)
  • CENG 416 Hydrogeology (E, W, G)
  • CENG 417 Traffic Engineering (E, G)
  • CENG 418 Transportation System Design (E,G)
  • CENG 420 Structural Dynamics (S)
  • CENG 424 Physicochemical Treatment Processes (E)
  • CENG 426 Stream Restoration
  • CENG 427 Infrastructure Design (E, G, W)
  • CENG 432 Quantitative Risk Analysis (E, G, W, S)
  • CENG 444 Air Pollution (E)
  • CENG 450 Geospatial Data Applications (E, G, W, S)
  • CENG 454 Biological Treatment Processes (E)
  • CENG 455 Open Channel Hydraulics (W)
  • CENG 463 Pavement Design (G, S)
  • MENG 465 Introduction to Finite Elements (G, S)
  • MENG 467 Designing with Polymers and Composites (S)

The SEAS core curriculum represents a common body of knowledge. The engineering programs core consists of fifty-three credits which are common to and required of all engineering degree programs in the school: the first thirty-two credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University core requirement while the remaining twenty-one credits are required by engineering degree programs.

All undergraduate students are subject to the provisions of this core; transfer students, however, should consult the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue for possible modifications to the philosophy and religious studies requirements listed below. Substitutions for discontinued courses are required and authorized by the proper University authorities. The University and School core requirements are grouped into the following categories.

University requirements
  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably taken in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL 400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, RELI 200, and RELI 300 levels: one elective from each level.
  4. Mathematics (4 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course at the 100 level or above: engineering students must use MATH 157.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102, ENGL 103H, ENGL 105 or ENGL 106.
Engineering program specific:
  1. Mathematics (11 credits): MATH 258, MATH 259, MATH 260.
  2. Physics (4 credits): PHYS 103, PHYS 103L.
  3. Chemistry (4 credits): CHEM 101, CHEM 101L.
Computer Science program specific:
  1. Mathematics (17 credits): MATH 157, MATH 231, MATH 258, 2 300/400 level electives.
  2. Lab Science (12 credits): Students are encouraged to take 16 credits.
  3. History (6 credits): see program description section.
  4. Fine Arts (3 credits): see program description section.
  5. Literature (3 credits): see program description section.
  6. Social Science (6 credits): see program description section.
  7. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): see program description section.
  8. Social Justice (3 credits): see program description section.