Mar 01, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Civil/Environmental Engineering: APE (CTE)

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Associate of Pre-Engineering | 75.5 credits minimum

Engineering Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 220
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4780
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor SI 201C, (801) 957-4858

Program Faculty
Professors − Nick Safai
Associate Professors − Francis Afghan, Lee Brinton, Holly Moore, Sara Farida
Assistant Professors − James Smith, Wesley Sanders, Andrew Vogt, Quentin McRae

Program Description
Civil engineering encompasses a wide range of engineering projects dealing with buildings, bridges, dams, highways, transportation systems, water supply systems, fluid flow, water reclamation and geotechnical problems. Civil engineering affects many of our daily activities: the buildings we live in and work in, the transportation facilities we use, the water we drink, and the drainage and sewerage systems that are necessary to our health and well-being. Civil engineers: a) Design and supervise the construction of bridges, tunnels, large buildings, dams, and coastal structures, b) Plan, lay out, construct, and maintain railroads, highways, and airports, c) Devise systems for the control and efficient flow of traffic, e) Plan and build river regulation and flood control projects, f) Provide plants and systems for water supply and sewage and refuse disposal. g) Measure and map the earth’s surface.

Career Opportunities
Civil is a very broad field and it includes at least eight major specialized areas of practice: 1) Structural engineering, 2) Hydraulic and water resources engineering, 3) Environmental engineering, 4) Geotechnical engineering, 5) Construction engineering and management, 6) Geodetic engineering, 7) Transportation engineering, 8) Hydrology and surface water flow. Civil engineers work with institutions of higher education, structural design and construction companies, power companies, manufacturing companies, and with consulting engineering firms. Many opportunities for civil engineering employment also exist in city, county, and state engineering departments and in the various agencies of the federal government.

Transfer/Articulation Information
The associate of pre-engineering degree in Civil Engineering is a transfer degree similar to the associate of science degree, but has reduced General Education requirements. Current Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) standards require upper-division General Education courses. Engineering students who complete this degree may apply for advanced-placement at an engineering school, but must complete General Education requirements at the senior institution.
Admission into an engineering major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Program Entry Requirements
The Civil Engineering program requires as a prerequisite a science-oriented high school curriculum which includes as much mathematics, chemistry, physics and English as possible. Students who do not qualify to enter MATH 1210, CHEM 1210 and ENGL 1010 should take prerequisite courses before entering the first semester of their program. Students who need to take preparatory courses to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. Consult with the academic advisor concerning these courses. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite courses. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.

Estimated Cost for Students
Engineering textbooks can be very expensive and range from $30 to $300 apiece. The cost can be minimized by planning ahead to purchase used books or approved back editions. Plan on $300 to $500 per semester for textbooks and course fees.

Estimated Time to Completion
4 to 6 semesters depending on student preparation.  Students who do not enter the program ready to take MATH 1210 (Calculus I) will require extra time.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy
Be prepared for further study in Civil Engineering or a related discipline at a four-year college or university by completing a course of study comparable to that required in the first 2 years at the University of Utah or Utah State. 1
Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of physical science, in particular inorganic chemistry and physics.
Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering, in particular statics, dynamics, and strength of materials.
Demonstrate competence in both creating and interpreting engineering drawings, using modern computer tools. 2, 7
Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical tools necessary to perform engineering calculations - in particular Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.
Use these mathematical tools and strategies to solve engineering problems.
Solve complex problems in engineering and science using critical thinking skills and an effective problem solving strategy. 4
Demonstrate the laboratory skills necessary to design and perform scientific and engineering experiments. Interpret experimental data. 3, 4
Demonstrate an understanding of the environmental and social impact of engineering activities and the techniques required to mitigate those impacts. 5
Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical impacts of engineering decisions and the requirements for ethical behavior of an engineering professional. 6
Develop engineering computing skills, and use them to solve problems. 7
Demonstrate competence in technical report writing, other written communication and in oral communication of technical concepts. 2

General Education Requirements

General Education requirement in this degree are reduced. Students who earn an Associate of Pre-Engineering degree will need to complete additional General Education requirement for a bachelor’s degree at the receiving institution. Transfer student should obtain advising regarding General Education requirement specific to Engineering majors.

Core Skills:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 4 Credits

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits from one of the Following

Distribution Areas:

Choose an additional six credits from two of the following distribution areas.

Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Social Science (SS)  3

Sample 4 Semester Schedule - Assuming Calculus Ready

Sample 5 Semester Schedule - Assuming Calculus Ready

Sample 6 Semester Schedule - Assuming College Algebra Ready (7 Math Preparation Credits)

Advising Notes:

We recommend FA 1080  - Basic Metal Sculpture as a fine arts distribution course for Engineering majors. 

Well prepared students may substitute MATH 1080  for MATH 1050  / MATH 1060 .

*Students planning an emphasis in Structural Engineering are encouraged to complete the second physics course;
*Students planning for Environmental Engineering are encouraged to complete the second Chemistry course.

Students planning to transfer to Utah State University should consult with an advisor to select alternative courses consistent with USU’s program.


Additional Program Notes:

Students may wish to complete general education requirements at SLCC in order to reduce their course load during the junior and senior year at the receiving transfer institution.  Please consult with the Engineering advisor to plan an appropriate course of study.

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