Civil Engineering

Chairperson: Paul Nowak (Associate Dean)
Professors: N. Bormann, S. Ganzerli, P. Nowak (Associate Dean), R. Young
Associate Professor: S. Niezgoda
Assistant Professors:
A. Maxwell, M. Muszynski, J. Schultz

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 five areas: Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation 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: 134 Credits
First Year
ENSC 191 Engineering First-Year  Seminar I 3 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
PHIL 101 Reasoning 3 credits
Core Broadening Requirement: (History, Literature, Social and Behavioral Science) 3 credits
ENSC 192 Engineering First-Year  Seminar I 3 credits
ENSC 205 Statics 3 credits
MATH 258 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4 credits
PHYS 103 Scientific Physics I 4 credits
PHYS 103L Scientific Physics I Lab and Recitation 1 credit
PHIL 201 Human Nature 3 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 4 credits
PHYS 204L Scientific Physics II Lab 1 credit
CENG 226 Hydrology and Watersheds 3 credits
RELI XXX Christianity and Catholic Traditions 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 XXX World or Comparative Religion 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
CENG 404 Sustainable Systems and Design 3 credits
ENSC 352 Fluid Mechanics 3 credits
Ethics core requirement 3 credits
CENG 303 Environmental Engineering 3 credits
CENG 318 Transportation Engineering 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
Core Integration Seminar (432) 3 credits
Fourth Year
CENG 411 Steel Design 3 credits
CENG 473 Foundation Design 3 credits
ENSC 491 Senior Design Project I 2 credits
- - - Technical Elective ** 3 credits
- - - Technical Elective 3 credits
Core Broadening Requirement: (History, Literature, Social and Behavioral Science) 3 credits
CENG 412 Concrete Design 3 credits
ENSC 400 Fundamentals of Engineering Exam*** 0 credits
ENSC 492 Senior Design Project II 3 credits
- - - Technical Elective 3 credits
- - - Technical Elective 3 credits
Core Broadening Requirement: (History, Literature, Social and Behavioral Science) 3 credits
** 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), Transportation (T), and water resources engineering (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 417 Traffic Engineering (T)
  • CENG 418 Transportation System Design (T)
  • CENG 420 Structural Dynamics (S)
  • CENG 424 Physicochemical Treatment Processes (E)
  • CENG 426 Stream Restoration (W, E)
  • CENG 427 Infrastructure Design (E, G, W, T)
  • CENG 432 Hazard Mitigation (E, G, W, S, T)
  • CENG 444 Air Pollution (E)
  • CENG 450 Geospatial Data Applications (E, G, W, T)
  • CENG 454 Biological Treatment Processes (E)
  • CENG 463 Pavement Design (G, S, T)
  • MENG 465 Introduction to Finite Elements (G, S)

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (ENSC 191 and ENSC 192, 6 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENSC 191 and ENSC 192, 6 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (ENSC 191 and ENSC 192, 6 credits): These courses introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.(ENSC 491 and ENSC 492, 6 credits) will provide the culminating experience in communication.
  • Scientific Inquiry (PHYS 103/103L, 5 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (ENSC 491 and ENSC 492, 6 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Engineering First Year Seminar (ENSC 191 and ENSC 192, 6 credits, which carries two of the WE designations, students must take one other WE-designated courses (click here for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here for a list of approved courses).