University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students will be able to use mathematical methods to make design decisions.
  • Students will be able to analyze applied loads and material characteristics to design structures meeting code requirements.
  • Students will be able to use engineering software to help create design solutions.
  • Students will be able to perform strength and durability tests on construction materials.
  • Students will be able to write technical documents communicating engineering analysis and design solutions.
  • Students will be able to design an engineering solution reflecting current engineering industry standard of care for a community problem.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering prepares students with a breadth and depth in the technical knowledge so that they can work immediately in most areas of the profession including geotechnical engineering; environmental engineering; hydraulics; and structural engineering. Engineering programs must demonstrate that their students attain the outcomes listed above.

The civil engineering curriculum requires a minimum of 127 hours of coursework and satisfies the UMKC General Education requirements.

Notes: Civil engineering students must complete three (3) applied skills requirements before the start of their junior year. (Machine Shop Safety class must be completed prior to using any tools in university sponsored activities and facilities.)

All UMKC students must take the ETS-PP or MAPP Assessment Test after completing 90 credit hours and before applying for graduation (  Engineering students take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in lieu of the Major Field Exam ( and

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 150 Recommended) 13
Anchor II (ANCH 203 Recommended) 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied in the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits21

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

Major Requirements

Math and Science Requirements
CHEM 211
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I
MATH 266Accelerated Calculus I 14
MATH 268Accelerated Calculus II3
MEC-ENGR 270Engineering Analysis I3
MEC-ENGR 272Engineering Analysis II3
PHYSICS 240Physics For Scientists and Engineers I (Focus B)5
PHYSICS 250Physics For Scientists and Engineers II (Focus B)5
Engineering Fundamental Course Requirements
CIV-ENGR 275Engineering Statics3
CIV-ENGR 276Strength Of Materials3
CIV-ENGR 319Engineering Computation and Statistics3
CIV-ENGR 351Fluid Mechanics3
MEC-ENGR 130Engineering Graphics3
MEC-ENGR 219Computer Programming for Engineers3
MEC-ENGR 220Electric Circuits3
MEC-ENGR 285Engineering Dynamics3
MEC-ENGR 299Engineering Thermodynamics3
or CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry I
Civil Engineering Fundamental Course Requirements
CIV-ENGR 318GIS for Engineers3
CIV-ENGR 321Structural Analysis4
CIV-ENGR 323Structural Steel Design3
CIV-ENGR 335Soil Mechanics3
CIV-ENGR 342Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes3
CIV-ENGR 357Engineering Hydraulics3
CIV-ENGR 378WICivil Engineering Materials3
CIV-ENGR 411Civil Engineering Systems Design I2
CIV-ENGR 422WIReinforced Concrete Design3
CIV-ENGR 432Foundation Engineering3
CIV-ENGR 467Introduction to Construction Management3
CIV-ENGR 481Highway and Traffic Engineering3
CIV-ENGR 497Engineering Hydrology3
Civil Engineering Electives
Take 9 hours of civil engineering electives at the 300/400 level.9
Take 3 hours of applied skills electives (see advisor for options).3
Total Credits106

Students not meeting the MATH 266 prerequisite requirements will have 3-8 additional hours (MATH 110 and MATH 125, or MATH 120) with a minimum grade of 'B'.

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 130

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.