ABET Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates are successfully employed in an engineering or related field or accepted into a graduate program.
  • Graduates apply the necessary problem-solving, design, and application skills for successful careers in Civil Engineering.
  • Graduates utilize their educational foundation and communication skills to effectively lead, work, and communicate in diverse career paths.
  • Graduates succeed in the complex social, business, and technical environment in which their engineering contributions will be utilized.

ABET Student Outcomes

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Use mathematical methods to make design decisions.
  • Analyze applied loads and material characteristics to design structures meeting code requirements.
  • Use engineering software to help create design solutions.
  • Perform strength and durability tests on construction materials.
  • Write technical documents communicating engineering analysis and design solutions.
  • Design an engineering solution reflecting current engineering industry standard of care for a community problem.


High school students planning to apply to the School of Computing & Engineering are strongly encouraged to take a college preparatory program that emphasizes mathematics, science and communication skills.

First-time college student applicants to the undergraduate program in information technology will be admitted if they obtain:

  1. An ACT mathematics score of at least 25 and
  2. An ACT composite score of at least 24

First-time college student applicants who do not meet the above criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements will have their applications reviewed by a faculty committee for admission. Applicants who are not admitted to SCE but do meet UMKC general admission requirements may be admitted to University College.

Students without the prerequisite preparation must take the needed coursework before enrolling in courses required for the bachelor's degree. Students seeking re-admission must have been in good academic standing when last enrolled. Otherwise, re-admission requires a formal review by the undergraduate program committee.

Transfer applicants must have at least 24 credits of transferable college credit, an overall 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all coursework, which includes repeated coursework, attempted at previous institutions. Transfer applicants without a 2.0 or higher college GPA must submit a petition for admission.

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 geo technical engineering; water and  environmental engineering; construction; 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 (2) applied skills requirements. (Machine Shop Safety class must be completed prior to using any tools in university sponsored activities and facilities.)

Students must also obtain OSHA safety certification prior to degree conferral.

A grade of  "C" or higher must be earned in all major required coursework.

All UMKC students must take HEIghten after completing 90 credit hours and before applying for graduation (http://www.umkc.edu/exitexams/). 

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III (Satisfied in program requirements below)
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. Choosing to take general education coursework outside of what is recommended in the program requirements below will extend credit hour minimum and program length.
Total Credits18

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
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

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
MATH 250Calculus III4
MATH 345Ordinary Differential Equations4
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
E&C-ENGR 216Engineering Computation4
MEC-ENGR 130Engineering Graphics3
Civil Engineering Fundamental Course Requirements
ANCH 311Civil Engineering Capstone Design II3
CIV-ENGR 318GIS for Engineers3
CIV-ENGR 321Structural Analysis4
CIV-ENGR 335Soil Mechanics3
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 497Engineering Hydrology3
Civil Engineering Electives
Take 24 hours of civil engineering electives with 12 hours at the 300/400 level.24
First Year Cornerstone (Strongly Recommended for First Time College Students)
Engineering Hydraulics
Project Management of Integrated Design and Construction
Capital Project Delivery Methods
Matrix Methods of Structural Analysis
Advanced Structural Steel Design
Prestressed Concrete
Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
Design of Structures for Blast and Fire
Fundamentals of Geomaterial Characterization
Advanced Soil Mechanics
Hydraulic Structures
Contracts and Law for Engineers
Environmental Compliance, Auditing and Permitting
Hydraulics of Open Channels
Hydraulics and Variability of Rivers
Urban Hydrology
The Engineer in Society
Construction Planning and Scheduling
Construction Methods and Equipment
Corrosion Engineering
Advanced Portland Cement Concrete
Durability of Civil Engineering Materials
Seismic Design of Structures
Take 2 hours of applied skills electives (see advisor for options).2
Machine Shop Safety
Fundamentals of Surveying
Total Credits105

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 126

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.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.