Civil and Environmental Engineering

Minors

A minor allows an undergraduate student to specialize in a secondary discipline. A student may minor in any subject, provided the title of the minor differs from the title of the student’s major or major concentration.

To pursue a minor, you must first be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and file a Curriculum Add/Drop Form with the Registrar's Office to declare the minor. We recommend that you begin your minor studies as early as possible in your academic career.

Minors offered by our department are listed below.


Minor in Municipal Engineering

Municipal Engineering

A minor in municipal engineering prepares students for employment with a city or municipality and especially enhances a degree in civil engineering. Gain a working knowledge of the planning, design, building, and management of a municipality’s vital facilities. Courses in this minor area include:

  • transportation engineering;
  • traffic engineering;
  • water and wastewater treatment;
  • water distribution and wastewater-collection-system design;
  • hydraulic structures; and more.

Minor in Rail Transportation

Rail Transportation

This minor is targeted to Undergraduate and Graduate students with interests in rail transportation. The mix of discipline specific and multi-disciplinary class requirements for this minor provides students with the basic skills and background necessary to rapidly become effective specialists and leaders in the railroad industry. In addition to courses in rail transportation and engineering, students also learn logistics, management, leadership, and/or communications skills to meet the demands of rail industry careers. Railroads are looking for graduates with versatile skills, who can become effective engineers, managers and team leaders in various company positions, and understand the requirements placed by the industry on its professional staff.


Minor in Surveying

Surveying

All land-based engineering projects begin with surveying to locate structure(s) on the ground. Surveying has been, and will continue to be an essential task of a surveyor. All US states and territories license surveyors. Advances in GPS technology have led surveyors to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping. There is a growing need for surveyors who can reconcile traditional surveying information with digital information contained in a GIS database in order to produce more comprehensive maps. Students who complete a minor in surveying may be eligible for licensure depending on various state or territory licensing requirements. This minor is open to all students but may directly enhance job prospects for students in civil engineering, environmental engineering, forestry, geological engineering, and geology.

Courses in this minor include:

  • geospatial concepts, technologies, and data;
  • geospatial information technology with elements of field cartography;
  • photogrammetry;
  • surveying computations and adjustments;
  • surveying field practice.