Degree Requirements

Degree requirements include 120 credits distributed in courses in three main areas: mathematics and basic science, humanities and social sciences, and civil engineering analysis and design.  Students must complete all math, science, and engineering courses presented as part of the required 120 credits for the degree with a grade of C or better in order to complete their degree, as well as satisfy requirements for prerequisites.

The sample schedule below provides a listing of major and general education course requirements. The prerequisite structure for these courses is extensive; contact the department to request a list of prerequisites based on catalog year.

Students arriving with a 2-year engineering Associate of Engineering Degree or Associate of Science Degree from a community college will find they are well along in their progress toward the B.S.-CIE degree, however they should be aware that completion of all B.S.-CIE requirements may require more than 2 years of further study.  Transfer students are advised to consult the course articulation table to learn which courses are creditable toward a B.S. in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering.

Writing-Intensive Requirement: The university’s writing-intensive requirement for civil and infrastructure engineering majors is satisfied by the successful completion of CEIE 301.

Typical Schedule

The following table presents a sample 8-semester schedule that a full-time undergraduate CEIE major would pursue in order to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. 

Sample Schedule for students entering Fall 2018 Semester

First Semester (Fall)
ENGR 107 Introduction to Engineering (2)
CHEM 211 & 213 (lab) General Chemistry or CHEM 271 & 272 (lab) General Chemistry for Engineers (4)
ENGH 101 Composition (3)
ECON 103 Contemporary
Microeconomic Principles (3)
MATH 113 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I (4)
Total (16 Credits)
Second Semester (Spring)
CDS 130 Computing for Scientists (3)
MATH 114 Analytical Geometry & Calculus II (4)
PHYS 160 University Physics I (3)
PHYS 161 University Physics I Laboratory (1)
BIOL 107  Intro Biology II or BIOL 177 Ecological Applications (3)
Total (14 Credits)
Third Semester (Fall) 
CEIE 203 Geomatics and Engineering Graphics (3)
MATH 213 Analytical Geometry & Calculus III (3)
PHYS 260 University Physics II (3)
PHYS 261 University Physics II Laboratory (1)
COMM 100 Public Speaking or COMM 101 Interpersonal & Group (3)
**** Approved Literature-Mason Core Course (3) 
Total (16 Credits)
Fourth Semester (Spring) 
CEIE 210 Statics (3)
CEIE 240 Hydraulics (3)
MATH 214 Elementary Differential Equations (3)
ENGH 302 Advanced Composition-Natural Sciences or Multi-Disciplinary section (3)
STAT 344 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I (3)
Total (15 Credits)
Fifth Semester (Fall) 
CEIE 301 Engineering and Economic Models in Civil Engineering (3)
CEIE 304 Junior Engineering Competency Exam (0)
CEIE 310 Mechanics of Materials (3)
CEIE 331 Soil Mechanics (3)
CEIE 340 Water Resources Engineering (3)
PHYS 266 Introduction to Thermodynamics (1)
**** Approved Mason Core Course (3) 
Total (16 Credits)
Sixth Semester (Spring) 
CEIE 311 Structural Analysis (3)
CEIE 355 Environmental Engineering and Science (3)
CEIE 360 Introduction to Transportation Engineering (3)
CEIE 370 Construction Systems (3)
****Approved Mason Core Course (3)
Total (15 Credits)
Seventh Semester(Fall) 
CEIE 404 Senior Engineering Competency Exam (0)
CEIE 409 Professional Practice & Mgmt in Engr (1)
CEIE 4xx CEIE Technical Core Elective (3)
CEIE 4xx CEIE Technical Core Elective (3)
CEIE 4xx CEIE Technical Core Elective (3)
CEIE 4xx CEIE Technical Elective (3)
CEIE 4xx CEIE Technical Elective (3) 
Total (16 Credits)
Eighth Semester (Spring) 
CEIE 490 Senior Design Project (3)
CEIE 4xx CEIE Technical Core Elective (3)
CEIE 4xx CEIE Technical Elective (3)
CEIE 4xx CEIE Technical Elective (3)
Total (12 Credits)


1) CHEM 211 (3) and CHEM 213 (1) or CHEM 271 (3) &  CHEM 272 (1) will satisfy the chemistry requirement.

2) Each student must satisfy Mason Core requirements in two of three areas:  Arts, Global Understanding, and Western Civilization/World History.  In addition, students must also satisfy a Mason Core requirement in Literature.

3) Four 4xx level CEIE core technical electives must be taken from four different Civil Engineering specialty areas.  The specialty areas are: construction (CEIE 471 or CEIE 472), environmental (CEIE 450 or CEIE 453), geotechnical (CEIE 432 or CEIE 435), structures (CEIE 412 or CEIE 413 or CEIE 414), transportation (CEIE 461 or CEIE 462), and water resources (CEIE 440 or CEIE 442).  Of the four additional required CEIE 4xx electives, one course may be taken from a related advanced science or engineering discipline as approved by CEIE advisor.

4)  The pre-requisites for senior design: Senior standing with a grade C or better in CEIE 301, CEIE 310, CEIE 311, CEIE 331, CEIE 340, CEIE 355, CEIE 360, CEIE 370, and three 4xx level technical electives. Grade of S (Satisfactory) in CEIE 304 & CEIE 404.


Change of Major Criteria for VSE Engineering Programs: Freshman and transfer students who have been admitted to any VSE engineering program may change their major to any other engineering program before the final drop deadline of their first semester at Mason. Change of major requests made after this deadline are bound to the change of major criteria outlined below and require the completion of at least one semester at Mason.

Students who have completed at least one semester at Mason and who are considering changing their major to any VSE engineering program should consult with the VSE Engineering Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising, 2500 Nguyen Engineering Building. These students must have successfully completed MATH 114, PHYS 160 and PHYS 161 (with a grade of at least C) and should have a minimum Mason GPA of 2.75* in all technical coursework. This includes any math, physics, engineering, statistics and computer science courses completed thus far at Mason and that are applicable to the intended engineering major. At least 6 credits of these technical courses should have been completed successfully at Mason.

*Students considering changing their major to Bioengineering with a concentration in pre-health (BMPH) need to meet the above requirements with a minimum Mason GPA of 3.00 in all technical coursework, as well as obtain a Mason cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Students considering changing their major to ACS, CS, IT or Statistics need to meet the criteria for that program as defined in the change of major section for that program in the catalog. Minimum GPA requirements stated for those programs are based on courses taken at Mason.

Exceptions to the policy may only be granted at the discretion of the Chair or Associate Chair of the department.

Course Repeat and Termination from the Major Policy:  The following policy with respect to repeating courses and termination from the major has been adopted by the Volgenau School of Engineering and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering and is effective for all catalogue years.

Course Repeat Policy:  Students must complete all math, science and Volgenau School of Engineering courses presented as part of the required 120 credits for the degree with a grade of C or better.  Students may attempt an undergraduate course taught by the Volgenau School of Engineering twice. A third attempt requires approval of the department offering the course.

Termination from the Major Policy: No math, science, or Volgenau School of Engineering course that is required for the major may be attempted more than three times.  Those students who do not successfully complete such a course within three attempts will be terminated from the major.  For more information, see the “Termination from the Major” section under Academic Standing in the GMU Course Catalogue.