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    May 2006

    Dear Incoming Civil Engineering Student:

    Welcome to the Civil Engineering Program at Texas A&M University. I believe thatyour decision to study civil engineering at Texas A&M University will prove to be a sounddecision. We are exceptionally proud of the successes of our former students, and we expectnothing less from the future graduates from Texas A&M. This handbook has been prepared toprovide you with some of the important information you will need in order to get the most out ofthe educational experience offered at Texas A&M. I hope that you will retain it and refer to it,and that it may prove helpful in answering some of the questions that arise throughout yourundergraduate career at A&M. Some other contact points which may be of interest to you are(all area codes are 979):

    Office Phone FAXCivil Engineering Dept. 845-7435 845-6156CE Student Services Office 845-7436 845-3410Dean of Engineering 845-7200 847-8654Housing Office 845-4744 (no fax)Parking, Transit, and Traffic 845-9700University Scholarship Office 845-0686 847-9061Student Employment 845-0686 847-9061

    CE Graduate Office 845-2498Student Financial Aid 845-3236 847-9061Student Locator 845-4741Transfer Admissions 845-1098 845-0727

    To allow more effective communications with our office, please take a moment to

    1) subscribe to the listserver by pointing your browser to, selecting theCEnotes List Server option and subscribing to at least the CE-Info list.2) claim your TAMU e-mail account on the NEO computer ( We will besending you some important messages through one or both of these two mechanisms, so it isimportant that you do this.


    Terry L. Kohutek, P.E., Ph.D.Senior LecturerDirector of Student Services

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    Name ____________________________

    Campus Address ____________________________

    Phone Number ____________________________

    E-mail Address ____________________________

    Date Entering Civil Engineering ____________________________

    Governing Catalog Number ____________________________(ie., Cat.129 for 2006-2007 academic year)

    Assigned Advisor's Name ____________________________

    Advisor's Office Address ____________________________

    Advisor's Phone Number ____________________________

    Advisors E-mail Address ____________________________

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    Selecting and enrolling in classes:

    1. Refer to your catalog (Catalog 129 for students entering Texas A&M beginning Summer

    2006 through Spring 2007) for information about curricula and prerequisites.

    2. Attend informational briefings held by the Student Services Office each semester prior topre-registration.

    3. See your departmental advisor at least once each semester prior to registering, to discussappropriate course load, specific courses and instructors, and to discuss any academicproblems you may experience.

    4. Keep the Student Services Office (140 CE Bldg) advised of your current local addressand phone number, and set up your NEO account (so we can keep you informed of curri-

    cula issues).

    Academic performance:

    5. Attend every class meeting, pay close attention, and participate in discussions. Completeassigned problems and read/study assigned material before class anddont get behind.

    6. Organize and participate in peer study groups.

    7. See your advisor early if academic problems arise.


    8. Exhibit, and expect from other students, the highest standards of academic integrity.

    9. Join and participate in student chapters of professional organizations.


    10. Plan your study time so you get enough sleep; try to get physical exercise regularly, andeat healthy meals.

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    The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) publishes a Code of Ethics for Engineers, aportion of which is included below:

    Preamble: Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of thisprofession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

    Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the

    services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness and equity, and must

    be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Engineers must

    perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest

    principles of ethical conduct.

    Fundamental Canons: Engineers, in the fulfillment of their professional duties, shall:

    1. Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public.

    2. Perform services only in areas of their competence.

    3. Issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.

    4. Act for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees.

    5. Avoid deceptive acts.

    6. Conduct themselves honorably, responsibly, ethically, and lawfully so as to enhance the

    honor, reputation, and usefulness of the profession.

    The NSPE has also adopted an Engineers Creed

    As a Professional Engineer, I dedicate my professional knowledge and skill to the

    advancement and betterment of human welfare. I pledge:

    To give the utmost of performance;

    To participate in none but honest enterprise;To live and work according to the laws of man and the highest standards of professional


    To place service before profit, the honor and standing of the profession before personal

    advantage, and the public welfare above all other considerations.

    In humility and with need for Divine Guidance, I make this pledge.

    David M Schnurbusch, President, Texas Section, American Society of Civil Engineers, said:

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, energetic civil engineers can

    change the world; indeed we are the one group that others count on to do that very thing .(adapted from Margaret Mead)

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    Administration. Dr. David V. Rosowsky serves as Department Head, Drs. Roger E. Smith and JoseRoesset serve as Associate Department Heads, and Dr. Robin Autenrieth serves as AssistantDepartment Head. More than sixty individuals make up the faculty of the Department. Each faculty

    member is housed in one of the Departments four Divisions. The Division Heads, Drs. Ralph

    Wurbs, Billy Edge, Joe Bracci, and Gene Hawkins are responsible for the day-to-day academic andresearch operations of their respective divisions. The faculty and administration are assisted by theBusiness Services Office, the Student Services Office, and the Graduate Studies Office. In additionto the Civil Engineering Program, the Ocean Engineering Program (OCEN), a degree-grantingprogram headed by Dr. Billy Edge, is part of the Civil Engineering Department and is housed withinthe Coastal and Ocean Engineering Division. The Civil Engineering Department maintains a

    webpage at

    Student Services. The Student Services Office, under the direction of Dr. Terry Kohutek, is housedin CE 140. Advisors Dr. Lee Lowery and Mr. Richard Bartoskewitz, supported by Ms. DAnne

    Crain and Ms. Nancy May, assist with the various tasks accomplished by the Student ServicesOffice. More information about the undergraduate program is available on the webpage maintainedby the Student Services Office at Some of the duties of the office are:

    Coordinate the undergraduate advising program Monitor the academic progress of approximately 900-1000 undergraduate students Review applications for incoming transfer students Review applications to change major into the Civil Engineering program

    Maintain a webpage summarizing information about the undergraduate program Enforce academic policies

    Support the scheduling of classes and classrooms Assist with collecting and evaluating scholarship applicants Maintain records of the undergraduate students and statistical data about the program

    Graduate Studies. Dr. Tony Cahill serves as departmental graduate student advisor, directing theGraduate Studies Office. This office, housed in CE 106, administers the graduate program, approvesgraduate degree plans and advisory committees, assigns graduate teaching and research assistants,and monitors the academic progress of the 250-300 graduate students in the department.

    Business Services. The Business Services Office headed by Ms. Jane Reed provides support to theadministration and faculty in fiscal affairs. This office is located in CE/TTI Suite 222.

    Faculty. Approximately 29 professors, 17 associate professors, 16 assistant professors, 4 visitingprofessional faculty, 3 senior lecturers and 1 lecturer comprise the faculty of the department. Inaddition to teaching responsibilities, all faculty are expected to be active participants in research,publication and professional service. Through these activities the faculty members stay informed onthe latest developments in their areas of expertise and contribute to the advancement of knowledgein their fields. In all but a few instances, the lecture portions of CVEN classes are taught by afaculty member.

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    Student Body. The student body includes approximately 950 undergraduate students. Many ofthese students participate in extra-curricular activities at the department, college and university level.At the department level they serve as members of the department head's advisory council, and asofficers and members of the student chapters of several professional societies and Chi Epsilon, thenational civil engineering academic honor society. Each fall and spring the J. T. L. McNew studentchapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers participates in the Texas Section meetings of theparent organization. Other professional student organizations such as Institute for TransportationEngineers, American Water Resources Association, Structural Engineers Association of Texas, andSociety of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers participate in similar activities.

    The ASCE student chapter also hosts a Civil Engineering Picnic each fall and spring to promotecamaraderie among the faculty and students. At the college level, civil engineering students havebeen involved in membership as well as leadership positions in organizations such as Tau Beta Pi,The Student Engineers Council, Society of Hispanic Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers.At the university level, our students participate in a full range of activities, including hometownclubs, Student Programs Office committees of the Memorial Student Center, intramural sports, andintercollegiate sports, to name just a few.

    Class Sizes. When the student is completing the CBK classes (chemistry, mathematics, physics),and core requirements such as history, political science, etc., classes as large as 150 to 300 studentsare not uncommon. Many of these are classes that have laboratory periods associated with themwherein several lab sections of perhaps 25 to 30 students each are combined to form one largelecture. Required junior-level Civil Engineering classes may occasionally be as large as 60 to 80,although they are more often in the range of 25 to 45 students. Senior-level class sizes are evensmaller, often only 15 to 25 students.

    Honors Programs. Honors classes are available in many subjects, allowing honors students anadvanced approach in a small class environment. Admission to the honors program is regulated bythe Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships in the Academic Building (phone 845-1957). The Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) is an honors program administered by the Collegeof Engineering; for more information see the Deans office, 204 Zachry (phone 845-7200) or Dr.Mark Burris (845-9875), the Civil Engineering ESP advisor.

    Minors. It is possible to enroll in a minor program of study to complement the BS CVEN degree.Department policy requires that a student complete 50 credit hours, including CVEN 345, beforedeclaring a minor. We also recommend that you consider carefully whether your goals are bettermet by an investment of time and money in a minor program or elsewhere, such as in graduate study.

    To declare a minor program of study, contact the Student Services Office, 140 CE.

    For More Information. Much more information about the Civil Engineering Department,curricula, and programs can be found on the World Wide Web page maintained by the Department


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    The Civil Engineering Department is fortunate to have many successful former students whocontinue to support the Department with their gifts, enhancing the quality of our educationalprograms. Much of this support is in the form of scholarships available to students in theDepartment. Scholarships are typically awarded annually by the departments Scholarship

    Committee. Annual stipends are typically $1000-$1500, with some scholarships for upper levelstudents a large as $6000-$7000. Selections for these scholarships are based mainly on academicpotential, but also on demonstrated leadership and financial need. A few merit-based, four-yearrenewable scholarships are available to incoming freshmen under the Benson Scholars Program.Some scholarships may be continued if the recipient elects to pursue graduate studies. Scholarshipapplications are available from the Student Services Office (140 Civil Engineering Bldg.) in theSpring of each year. The committee evaluates the applications, and the awards are announcedduring the summer for the subsequent academic year. Recipients and donors are recognized at aFall scholarship banquet.

    CIVIL ENGINEERING COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMThe Civil Engineering Department offers students an opportunity to participate in the Co-operativeEducation Program, in which students in their third and fourth years have an opportunity to work inindustry, government agencies, and for civil engineering consultants, gaining experience inapplication of engineering fundamentals and learning about the practice of engineering. Thisexperience has proven to be very valuable to our graduates, as those with Co-op experience are veryhighly sought after upon graduation. In addition, these students can offset much of the cost of their

    education during their last two years by participation in this program. For more details, see Dr. Lee

    Lowery in the Student Services Office, 140 CE or

    STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIESSeveral opportunities exist for international study experiences. A number of Civil Engineeringmajors have participated in exchange programs and study abroad programs, to countries likeAustralia and Mexico. Many of our students travel to Italy, France, Spain, Panama or Brazil duringthe summers to participate in a program which allows them to study in a European or SouthAmerican university under TAMU faculty, gain credit for several courses, and be immersed in a newculture. These opportunities are affordable, and financial aid is available to offset part of theexpense. For more details about study abroad or other international study experiences visit or .


    Texas A&M University offers an exceptional internship program. Complete information can be

    found at the Career Center web site at internship opportunities specifically for Civil Engineeringstudents.

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    1. Initial Admission. For initial admission to the university and to the Civil Engineering Department, incoming freshman and

    transfer applicants for admission must meet the University's standards as stated in the catalog in effect at the time of

    application. Students admitted into the Civil Engineering Department will be classified as CVEL majors, until standards

    described below for admission to the upper division (CVEN) program are met.

    2. Admission to Upper Division. Students enrolled in the lower division program (CVEL) must meet the following standards for

    guaranteed advancement to the upper division (CVEN). They must have a common body of knowledge (CBK) GPR of 2.75or better and must have a grade of at least "C" in each of the following CBK courses: CHEM 107; ENGL 104; ENGR 111,

    112; MATH 151, 152; and PHYS 218, 208. In addition, students must have a cumulative GPR above 2.0. CVEL students

    must satisfy the requirements for admission to the upper division within four long semesters or before accumulation of 45

    total credit hours, after acceptance into any engineering program at A&M, whichever occurs first. Only upper division

    engineering students will be allowed to enroll in any engineering courses numbered 200 and higher.

    3. Admission by Change of Curriculum. Students applying to change curriculum into the Department from other departments at

    A&M who have not yet satisfied the requirements for admission to the upper division must have a reasonable expectation of

    meeting the standards required for admission to the upper division. Students who have satisfied the requirements for

    admission into the upper division in other programs must have a CBK GPR of 2.50, and otherwise comply with the policies

    stated herein. Transferring students will not be given credit toward the degree program for courses in which a grade less than

    "C" was received.

    4. Academic Probation. The minimum academic performance level required of all CVEL and CVEN students is a CUM GPR of

    2.0. Upper Division (CVEN) students must also maintain a GPR of 2.0 in CVEN courses. For those who do not meet these

    standards, the following probation conditions apply:a. Scholastic Probation. A deficient student will be placed on scholastic probation. The following terms of probation

    are set in conformance with the College of Engineering Probation and Block Policies:

    1. C + deficiency, for deficiencies of 4 grade points or less,

    2. C + 4 grade points, for deficiencies of 5-8 grade points, and

    3. C + (terms stipulated by advisor; not less than C + 4), for deficiencies of 9-18 grade points when those students are

    allowed to stay in school. Advisors will specify courses and terms of probation. As a general rule, and unless

    specifically stated otherwise, students are expected to overcome any deficiencies within two semesters.

    b. Departmental Probation. When a student's performance level drops below 2.0 (2.50 for lower division students) for a

    given semester, even though his or her overall GPR is greater than 2.0 (2.50 for lower division students) , the student

    will be placed on departmental probation. This means that the student must achieve a GPR of 2.0 (2.50 for lower

    division students) or better during the following semester.

    5. Minimum Acceptable Course Grades. A Civil Engineering student who receives a "D" or "F" in a basic-science,

    mathematics, engineering- or CVEN-prefix course must repeat the course at the next opportunity.

    6. Academic Block. A student may be blocked from continuing in the Civil Engineering Department for a period of at least twosemesters (including summer semester) for any of the following reasons:

    a. Failure to meet the terms of academic (scholastic or departmental) probation.

    b. As per TAMU Student Rule 10.20: An undergraduate student may attempt a course no more than three times

    including courses graded as Q or W, but excluding these graded NG, unless approval has been received from both the

    students Dean and the department offering the course.

    c. Failing to repeat a course as required by item 5, above.

    7. Readmission. Students who have been blocked from continuing in the Civil Engineering Department may reapply to the

    program after a period of two academic semesters (summer and fall, fall and spring, or spring and summer) unless otherwise

    indicated. The application for readmission will be reviewed on the basis of the individual efforts of the student during the

    two-semester period to improve those conditions which contributed to the earlier poor performance. It is essential that the

    applicant identify and document those factors which have kept them from being academically successful and document the

    steps they have taken to remediate these factors. This may include repeating course work at another college or university,

    particularly in math and science, developing a stable financial condition, working in industry to develop self discipline, or a

    number of other demonstrations of personal improvement. A student who is accepted for readmission will be placed on

    probation until his or her GPR is above a 2.0 (2.75 for lower division students) overall and within the major.

    Appeal Process. In any academic disciplinary action, the student has the right of appeal. That appeal begins with review by

    the Undergraduate Program Office. If this review does not result in a change of status, the student may request in writing a

    hearing by the Department Academic Appeal Panel through the Civil Engineering Department Office. The Appeal Panel

    consists of three faculty members appointed by the Department Head to hear the appeals of students.

    Revised May 2006

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    Upon entering the Department, each student is assigned a faculty advisor. These faculty membershave a full-time load of teaching and research duties, and have volunteered to serve as facultyadvisors. The role of the advisor is two-fold: to assist by reviewing the student's academic plans at

    the time of pre-registration and whenever other academic decisions are faced, and to serve asmentor when the student has questions about career paths, engineering practice, ethics, etc.Students are required to meet with their advisor at least once each semester, in order to pre-registerfor the subsequent semester.

    In addition to the faculty advisors, the Student Services Office provides academic advice andguidance for the civil engineering student. Student records are maintained in this office, andadvisors are available there by appointment. Students are encouraged to first take their questions totheir assigned advisors, because it is through this process that the mentor relationship is developed.Should questions remain, the advisor may refer the student to the Student Services Office, or thestudent can bring his or her questions to the Office.

    Each semester a registration block is placed on every student with less than 95 semester credit

    hours; this requires removal by the department before the student can register. In order to pre-register, the student must attend a short pre-registration briefing and sign an attendance sheet, makeplans for the next semester, meet with his or her assigned advisor, and bring the approved plan for

    pre-registration to the Student Services Office (140 CE Building). The dates of the scheduled

    meetings are posted by the Student ServicesOffice each semester three or four weeks prior tothe start of the pre-registration period, andare e-mailed to the enrolled students who havesubscribed to the listserver (see letter in front of this Handbook).

    Students Responsibilities in the Advising and Pre-registration Process It is ultimately the students responsibility to enroll in the necessary and appropriate courses

    required by his/her degree plan. To minimize undesired surplus courses he/she should carefullyread the catalog. Not to remove the students own responsibility, but to assist the student, the

    Department provides advising each semester. The webpage the student to make address changes, check course sections, view class schedule, checkfor blocks, check billing statement, conduct a degree audit and display a transcript.

    The student is also ultimately responsible for satisfying prerequisite requirements. The advisingprocess is simply a check to minimize problems. Students who are in violation of prerequisiterequirements may be dropped from the courses for which prerequisites are lacking.

    It is the student's responsibility to provide for the advisor all necessary information about which

    courses have been taken and passed. The advisor will probably not check the accuracy orcompleteness of the student's information, unless he/she suspects an undisclosed problem.

    More detailed information about university rules and policies is available in the Undergraduate Catalog

    and the Texas A&M University Student Rules at, or in the StudentServices Office, 140 Civil Engineering Building.

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    The Catalog 129 Curriculum for the BS degree in Civil Engineering includes several technical andmath/science electives, which must be satisfied by the courses specified in one of the variousTechnical Elective Plans published by the department. The General Civil Engineering (GCE)

    technical elective plan includes a mixture of courses from different technical areas. Other technicalelective plans allow the student to focus his or her advanced course work in one of the major areasof civil engineering practice, while still maintaining a certain degree of breadth. Students areplaced in the GCE plan when they enter the Civil Engineering Program. By the junior year, thestudent should decide whether he/she wishes to pursue a different technical elective plan, and if so,notify the Student Service Office staff. Courses not on the lists of pre-approved technical electiveplan electives must be approved in writing in advance by the responsible technical elective plancoordinator, identified in the paperwork describing the technical elective plan.

    A required one-hour sophomore-level course, CVEN 207Introduction to the Civil EngineeringProfession, is intended to give students a better understanding of the various technical areas inwhich civil engineers practice, to allow the student to make a more knowledgeable decision aboutthe choice of technical elective plans.

    The currently supported technical elective plans include:

    Coastal and Ocean Engineering DivisionDr. Billy Edge, Head

    Coastal and Ocean Engrg (COE) Plan (Dr. Billy L. Edge, Coordinator)

    Construction, Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Division--Dr. Joseph M. Bracci , HeadConstruction Engrg/Engrg Management (CEM) Plan (Dr. Stuart Anderson, Coordinator)Geotechnical Engrg (GEO) Plan (Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud, Coordinator)Structures Engrg (STR) Plan (Dr. Harry Jones, Coordinator)

    Transportation and Materials Engineering Division--Dr. Gene Hawkins, HeadTransportation Engrg (TRA) Plan (Dr. Gene Hawkins, Coordinator)

    Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division--Dr. Ralph Wurbs, HeadEnvironmental Engrg (ENE) Plan (Dr. Roy W. Hann, Jr., Coordinator)Water Resources and Hydraulic Engrg (WRN) Plan (Dr. Anthony Cahill, Coordinator)

    Also available is the General Civil Engineering (GCE) Plan (Dr.Terry L. Kohutek, Coordinator).

    For more details about these technical elective plans, visit the Departments website at

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    First Semester (Th-Pr) (Cr) Second Semester (Th-Pr) (Cr)

    ENGL 104 Composition & Rhetoric (3-0) 3 CHEM 107 Chemistry for Engineers (3-3) 4

    ENGR 111 Intro. to Engrg. I (1-3) 2 ENGR 112 Intro. to Engrg. II (1-3) 2

    MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I (3-2) 4 MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II (3-2) 4PHYS 218 Mechanics (3-3) 4 PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics (3-3) 4

    Directed Electives1 3 Directed Elective1 3

    KINE 198 (0-2) 1 KINE 199 (must be taken S/U) (0-2) 1

    17 18


    CVEN 221 Engr.Mech: Statics (2-2) 3 CVEN 302 Computer Applications (3-0) 3

    STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I (3-0) 3 CVEN 306 Materials for Civil Engineers (2-2) 3

    MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III (3-0) 3 CVEN 305 Engrg Mech. of Materials (3-0) 3

    CVEN 207 Intro to the Civil Engrg Prof. (1-0) 1 Directed Elective1 3

    Directed Elective1 3 MATH 308 Differential Equations (3-0) 3

    Writing Skills Elective2 3

    16 15


    CVEN 363 Engr Mech: Dynamics (2-2) 3 MEEN 227 or ELEN 215 (2-2) 3

    CVEN 311 Fluid Dynamics (3-0) 3 Technical Electives3 11

    CVEN 345 Theory of Structures (3-0) 3 Directed Electives1 3

    CVEN 422 Civil Engineering Systems II (3-0) 3Approved Math/Science Elective4 3

    15 17


    Technical Electives3 12 ENGR 482 Ethics and Engineering5 (2-2) 3

    Directed Electives1 3 Technical Electives3 12

    15 15


    1. Of the 18 hours shown as directed electives, 3 must be from the visual and performing arts, 3 from social and behavioral

    sciences, and 12 from citizenship as described in Directed Electives in Engineering. Note that each student must also

    complete two courses from the International & Cultural Diversity group (see list in catalog). It is best if you choose the V/PA

    and S/BS electives to also satisfy this requirement.

    2. This elective is to be selected from ENGL 210 or ENGL 301.

    3. A total of 35 hours of technical electives is required. Technical electives are divided into two categories: breadth courses, and

    focus courses. The choice of courses to be taken in each of the two categories depends on the specialty area chosen and must

    be made in consultation with the students advisor and/or the Civil Engineering Student Services Office.

    4. Math/Science electives to be selected from an approved list and with approval of advisor.

    5. All students must take at least one course in their major that is designated as writing intensive (W). ENGR 482 taken at A&M

    satisfies this requirement. Other CVEN courses may be approved as W-courses at a later date.

    6. Civil engineering students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all basic science, mathematics and engineering courses

    taken to satisfy degree requirements.

    7. Civil engineering students should note that this curriculum specifies the minimum number of credits required for graduation.

    Additional hours may be taken.

    The Systems Safety Engineering Specialty is an option for students pursuing this degree. See catalog for detailed information.

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    Catalog 129 requires 12 hr of citizenship (POLS 206 and 207 and 6 hr American history), 3 hr

    humanities, (ENGR/PHIL 482), 3 hr visual and performing arts (V&PA), and 3 hr social andbehavioral sciences (S&BS), to be chosen from lists in the catalog. In addition, every student is

    required to take at least two courses categorized as International and Cultural Diversity (I&CD)

    courses. It is best to select two of the courses from the Directed Electives (citizenship, humanities,social and behavioral sciences) that satisfy this I&CD requirement, otherwise you may be requiredto take more courses than the minimum required to satisfy the Directed Electives requirements. Tofacilitate this choice of Directed Electives that will also satisfy the I&CD requirements, the listsfollowing this section have been prepared.

    For example, if ARTS 150 is taken to satisfy the V&PA requirement, it will also satisfy part of theI&CD requirement. And, if ANTH 210 is taken to satisfy the S&BS requirement, then the

    requirement for two I&CD courses is satisfied along with the Directed Electives requirement.

    ENGR 482--Engineering Ethics, required of all engineering students, satisfies the Universitys 3-hrhumanities and writing intensive course requirements. Engineering students must take anadditional 3 hr visual and performing arts which may be any course from the V&PA list in theCatalog 129, but remember to take at least two of your directed electives from the I&CD list.

    ENGL 210 should be taken as the communication skills elective. Students with 60 or more hoursare required to take ENGL 301 in place of ENGL 210. Neither of these satisfy the I&CDrequirement.

    The table below can be helpful in keeping track of your progress with respect to these DirectedElective and other required non-technical courses. When you choose a course, make a note in thetable below that the course does or does not satisfy the I&CD requirement.

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    Student Name_________________ UIN ______________________

    Requirement Course No. Credit Hr. Also satisfiesI&CD



    American history HIST 105 or ___________ 3

    American or Texas history HIST 106 or ___________ 3

    Political science POLS 206 (required) 3 No

    Political science POLS 207 (required) 3 No

    HumanitiesVisual and

    Performing Arts (see list in



    Humanities ENGR 482 (required) 3 No

    Social and behavioral sciences

    (see list in Catalog)


    Communications skills ENGL 210 or 301 3 No

    (*)If the above courses are not

    chosen so that two also satisfy

    the I&CD requirement, then

    additionalcourses must be

    taken until two I&CD courses

    are completed. (See list of

    I&CD courses in catalog.)

    Note: I&CD requirement canalso be satisfied by Study


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    1) Select 3 to 6 hours from:

    Course Course Title Satisfies Prerequisites, Notes

    HIST 258 American Indian Histo ry HIST and ICDHIST 301 Blacks in the United States Since 1877 HIST and ICD

    HIST 305 Mexican-American Histo ry, 1848-Present HIST and ICD

    HIST 307 Latino Communit ies of the U.S. HIST and ICD

    HIST 319 U.S. Immig ration and Ethni city HIST and ICD

    HIST 451 The New South , 1876 to the Present HIST and ICD

    HIST 455 History of the American City HIST and ICD

    HIST 460 Ameri can Society and Culture Since 1877 HIST and ICD

    HIST 461 Histo ry Of Ameri can Women HIST and ICD Cross -listed with WMST 461

    HIST 473 Histo ry of Modern Ameri can Women HIST and ICD Cross -listed with WMST 473

    HIST 105 History of U.S. to Reconstruction HIST only

    HIST 106 History of U.S. after Reconstruction HIST only

    HIST 230 American Military History HIST only

    HIST 232 History of American Seapower HIST only

    HIST 300 Blacks in the United States 1607-1877 HIST only

    HIST 343 Inter-American Relations HIST only Jr Class. or approval of Instructor

    HIST 359 American Environmental History HIST only

    HIST 363 History of Science in America HIST only

    HIST 364 History of Technology and Engineering in America HIST only

    HIST 365 History of Religion in America to 1860 HIST only Cross-listed with RELS 365

    HIST 367 Colonization of North America HIST only

    HIST 368 The Birth of the Republic HIST only

    HIST 369 The United States, 1820-1860 HIST only

    HIST 370 Civil War and Reconstruction HIST only

    HIST 371 America in the Gilded Age, 1877-1901 HIST only

    HIST 372 Reform, War and Normalcy, U.S. 1901-1929 HIST only

    HIST 373 The Great Depression and WW II HIST only

    HIST 374 The U.S. After WW II HIST only

    HIST 443 American Military History to 1901 HIST only

    HIST 444 American Military History Since 1901 HIST only

    HIST 447 Constitutional History of US to 1901 HIST only

    HIST 450 The Old South HIST only

    HIST 456 American Agricultural History HIST only

    HIST 457 American Economic History HIST only

    HIST 459 American Society and Culture To 1877 HIST only

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    HIST 462 American Foreign Relations to 1913 HIST only

    HIST 463 American Foreign Relations Since 1914 HIST only

    HIST 470 American Business History HIST only

    2) Up to 3 hours of Texas History may be used to satisfy the history requirement. Select no more than one from:

    HIST 226 History of Texas HIST only

    HIST 325 Texas Cultural History HIST only HIST 226

    HIST 416 Texas Since 1845 HIST only

    3) Completion of 4 semesters of Upper-Level ROTC may be substituted

    For 3 hours of the above courses. Select from :

    AERS 403, 404; MLSC 421, 422; NVSC 401, 402

    Note that the courses above marked HIST & ICD can be used to satisfy both the US history and ICD requirements.

    You should choose 3xx-4xx history classes only after meeting with the instructor to discuss your interest and aptitude.

    The courses below satisfy both the Visual and Performing Arts (V&PA) requirements and the International and

    Cultural Diversity (I&CD) requirements

    Course Course Title Satisfies Prerequisites, Notes

    ARCH 448 The Architecture & Art of 20th Century Mexico VPA and ICD Jr. Classification

    ARTS 150 Art History Survey II VPA and ICD

    ENDS 101 Design Process VPA and ICD

    ENDS 150 Survey of Architectural History II VPA and ICD

    ENGL 251 The Language of Film VPA and ICD ENGL 104

    LAND 240 History of Landscape Architecture VPA and ICD Soph. Classification

    MODL 341 Russian Novel in Translation VPA and ICD

    MODL 352 Hispanic Literature and Film VPA and ICD

    MUSC 319 Music in the United States VPA and ICD Jr. Classification

    SCOM 430 American Voices: Race, Gender, Ethnicity VPA and ICD

    THAR 281 History of the Theatre II VPA and ICD

    THAR 380 World Theatre VPA and ICD

    Other Visual and Performing Arts courses which can be used to satisfy the VPS requirements are listed

    in Catalog 129, but only the above courses satisfy both V&PA and I&CD requirements.

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    The courses below satisfy both the Social and Behavioral Science (S&BS) requirements and the requirements for

    International and Cultural Diversity (I&CD)

    Course Course Title Satisfies Prerequisites, Notes

    ANTH 210 Social & Culture Anthropolgy SBS and ICD

    ANTH 300 Cultural Change & Development SBS and ICD

    ANTH 311 Cultural Ecology SBS and ICD

    ANTH 314 Agrarian Peasant Societies SBS and ICD

    ANTH 403 Primitive Religion SBS and ICD

    ANTH 404 Women and Culture SBS and ICD

    GEOG 306 Introduction to Urban Geography SBS and ICD

    GEOG 311 Cultural Geography SBS and ICD

    HLTH 236 Minority Health SBS and ICD Jr. Classification

    HORT 335 Sociohorticulture SBS and ICD Jr. Classification

    INST 322 Foundations of Edu. in a Multicultural Society SBS and ICD POLS 206

    POLS 317 Women in Politics SBS and ICD POLS 206

    POLS 322 Western European Government & Politics SBS and ICD POLS 206

    POLS 323 Political Systems of Latin America SBS and ICD POLS 206

    POLS 324 Third World Politics SBS and ICD POLS 206

    POLS 329 Introduction to Comparative Politics SBS and ICD POLS 206

    POLS 331 Introduction to World Politics SBS and ICD POLS 206

    POLS 338 Gov. & Politics of the Former Soviet Union SBS and ICD POLS 206

    POLS 365 Asian Governments and Politics SBS and ICD POLS 206

    POLS 462 Women and the Law SBS and ICD PSYC 107

    SCOM 335 Intercultural Communication SBS and ICD

    SOCI 316 Sociology of Gender SBS and ICD

    SOCI 317 Minority Groups SBS and ICD

    SOCI 321 Urban Sociology SBS and ICD

    SOCI 324 Social Change SBS and ICDSOCI 325 International Business Behavior SBS and ICD

    SOCI 329 Pacific Rim Business Behavior SBS and ICD

    SOCI 330 Sociology of Nutrition SBS and ICD Jr. Classification

    SOCI 340 Post-Soviet Societies SBS and ICD

    SOCI 350 Sociology of Islamic Societies SBS and ICD

    SOCI 403 Sociology of Mexican Americans SBS and ICD

    SOCI 424 Women and Work in Society SBS and ICD Frsh or Soph Classification

    VTPB 221 Great Diseases of the World SBS and ICD

    WMST 316 Sociology of Gender SBS and ICD POLS 206

    WMST 317 Women in Politics SBS and ICD

    WMST 404 Women and Culture SBS and ICDWMST 424 Woman and Work in Society SBS and ICD POLS 206

    WMST 462 Women and the Law SBS and ICD

    Other Social and Behavioral Science courses are listed in Catalog 129, but only the above courses satisfy both S&BS

    and I&CD requirements. (Note: Review prerequisite requirements for all advanced courses)

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    Is the Civil Engineering Program a 4-year degree plan?

    The degree plan is shown as a 4-year plan in the catalog; although, some students take longer tocomplete it. You should take a load that is challenging, but that still allows you to meet the

    demanding standards of performance required. To graduate in four years, you need to average 16

    credit hours per semester.

    Is it necessary to attend summer classes to keep from falling behind, or can I work during the


    There is no set schedule. We consider summer work experience to be a valuable part of your

    education, especially if you can get summer employment with an engineering agency. Sometimes

    evening classes or correspondence classes can be taken during the summers while you are working.

    You should carefully consider the costs and benefits of all the alternatives before making this

    decision. Sometimes full-time enrollment in summer classes is a factor in subsequent "burn-out".

    What is the Co-op program?

    The Co-op program is a program that formally integrates your college studies with a period of work

    experiences with engineering firms. You must have completed 65 hrs toward the Civil Engineering

    degree, and have a 2.250 GPR. See or see Dr. Lee Lowery in CE 140.

    Can I use classes taken in StudyAbroad programs in my degree plan?Some classes taken in Study Abroad programs may count toward your degree plan. If the class is

    not on the degree plan, and you wish to substitute it, you must get approval in writing in advance.

    Contact the Student Services Office, CE 140, for more information .

    How is my Grade Point Ratio (GPR) calculated?

    Your cumulative GPR is the ratio of the number of grade points earned to the number of hoursattempted and includes all courses you have taken at Texas A&M. Transfer grades are not included.

    If I repeat a course and make a better grade, what happens to the lower grade?

    The lower grade is not replaced--both grades are included in the cumulative GPR calculations. For

    calculation of the common body of knowledge (CBK) GPR used to determine admission to the upper

    division, however, only the higher grade is used.

    Can I take a course without completing a required prerequisite?

    No. If you do not have the prerequisite, you may be dropped from the course during the first part of

    the semester. It is possible to pass some courses without the prerequisites, however it is not possible

    to do your best without proper preparation.

    Can I take courses simultaneously at Texas A&M and another university?

    This situation is called concurrent enrollment, and may be done by notifying the Student Services

    Office in the department. Taking correspondence courses while enrolled at A&M is also concurrent

    enrollment and should be done only after notifying the Student Services Office.

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    Can I drop a course after the semester has begun?

    Yes. Before the official (twelfth) class day, you can drop a course and receive a refund. For days 1-

    4, you may drop with no penalty and receive a full refund. During days 5-12 you may still drop and

    receive a partial refund, but you must Q-drop the course. See the catalog for the policies about


    What is a Q-drop?Students may drop a course during the first 50 days of the semester, with no grade penalty (and no

    refund). This is called a Q-drop. Students at A&M are allowed a maximum of three Q-drops in

    aggregate, exclusive of some one-hour classes. To drop a course you should see your advisor, and

    you must complete some paperwork at the Student Services Office.

    I have been injured in an automobile accident, and my physician suggests that I should drop out of

    school. What will happen to my GPR?

    Under certain circumstances a student can withdraw (W) from some or all classes. A student who

    withdraws will get a grade of W in a course. A W grade does not affect the GPR. To withdraw you

    must get the approval of the Dean of Engineering, 204 Zachry. Do NOT simply leave campus

    without investigating the possibility of a withdrawal! Students who withdraw after the official class

    day do not need to apply for readmission for the next long semester. Any student who leaves beforethe official class day or misses a long semester must apply for readmission.

    If I am blocked by the Department, can I change my major and continue at A&M?

    Yes, if you are blocked you may not continue in the civil engineering program without being

    reinstated by the department. If you wish to change your major, and an advisor in another program

    accepts you, you may continue in the new program. This is considered a permanent change of

    curriculum, however, and you will probably not be allowed to return to a civil engineering degree


    Can I transfer required math or science courses to A&M?

    Yes, many required courses can be taken at other institutions and transferred. Our experience

    indicates, however, that students who transfer required math courses frequently do not do well in

    subsequent math courses at A&M. We recommend that you consider any math courses you may take

    at community or junior colleges to be preparation, rather than a substitute, for A&M's math