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    UndergraduateStudentHandbookfor

    CivilEngineeringStudentsfollowing

    Catalog129

    preparedbyStudentServicesOffice

    DepartmentofCivilEngineeringTexasA&MUniversity

    May2006

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    May 2006

    Dear Incoming Civil Engineering Student:

    Welcome to the Civil Engineering Program at Texas A&M University. I believe thatyour decision to study civil engineering at Texas A&M University will prove to be a sounddecision. We are exceptionally proud of the successes of our former students, and we expectnothing less from the future graduates from Texas A&M. This handbook has been prepared toprovide you with some of the important information you will need in order to get the most out ofthe educational experience offered at Texas A&M. I hope that you will retain it and refer to it,and that it may prove helpful in answering some of the questions that arise throughout yourundergraduate career at A&M. Some other contact points which may be of interest to you are(all area codes are 979):

    Office Phone FAXCivil Engineering Dept. 845-7435 845-6156CE Student Services Office 845-7436 845-3410Dean of Engineering 845-7200 847-8654Housing Office 845-4744 (no fax)Parking, Transit, and Traffic 845-9700University Scholarship Office 845-0686 847-9061Student Employment 845-0686 847-9061

    CE Graduate Office 845-2498Student Financial Aid 845-3236 847-9061Student Locator 845-4741Transfer Admissions 845-1098 845-0727

    To allow more effective communications with our office, please take a moment to

    1) subscribe to the listserver by pointing your browser to http://cenotes.tamu.edu, selecting theCEnotes List Server option and subscribing to at least the CE-Info list.2) claim your TAMU e-mail account on the NEO computer (http://neo.tamu.edu/). We will besending you some important messages through one or both of these two mechanisms, so it isimportant that you do this.

    Sincerely,

    Terry L. Kohutek, P.E., Ph.D.Senior LecturerDirector of Student Services

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    May 2006 Undergraduate Student Handbook Page 1

    Table of Contents

    PERSONAL INFORMATION SHEET 2

    GUIDELINES FOR A SUCCESSFUL ACADEMIC CAREER 3

    CIVIL ENGINEERING ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM 4

    ABOUT THE CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 5

    CIVIL ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 7

    CIVIL ENGINEERING COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM 7

    STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES 7

    SUMMARY OF DEPARTMENTAL ACADEMIC POLICIES 8

    THE UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING PROGRAM IN CIVIL ENGINEERING 9

    CURRICULUM AND TECHNICAL ELECTIVE PLANS 10

    CATALOG 129 CURRICULUM FOR BS, CIVIL ENGINEERING 11

    CATALOG 129 CURRICULUM FLOW CHART 12

    DIRECTED ELECTIVES 13

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 18

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    May 2006 Undergraduate Student Handbook Page 2

    PERSONAL INFORMATION SHEET

    Name ____________________________

    Campus Address ____________________________

    Phone Number ____________________________

    E-mail Address ____________________________

    Date Entering Civil Engineering ____________________________

    Governing Catalog Number ____________________________(ie., Cat.129 for 2006-2007 academic year)

    Assigned Advisor's Name ____________________________

    Advisor's Office Address ____________________________

    Advisor's Phone Number ____________________________

    Advisors E-mail Address ____________________________

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    May 2006 Undergraduate Student Handbook Page 3

    GUIDELINES FOR A SUCCESSFUL ACADEMIC CAREER

    Selecting and enrolling in classes:

    1. Refer to your catalog (Catalog 129 for students entering Texas A&M beginning Summer

    2006 through Spring 2007) for information about curricula and prerequisites.

    2. Attend informational briefings held by the Student Services Office each semester prior topre-registration.

    3. See your departmental advisor at least once each semester prior to registering, to discussappropriate course load, specific courses and instructors, and to discuss any academicproblems you may experience.

    4. Keep the Student Services Office (140 CE Bldg) advised of your current local addressand phone number, and set up your NEO account (so we can keep you informed of curri-

    cula issues).

    Academic performance:

    5. Attend every class meeting, pay close attention, and participate in discussions. Completeassigned problems and read/study assigned material before class anddont get behind.

    6. Organize and participate in peer study groups.

    7. See your advisor early if academic problems arise.

    Professionalism:

    8. Exhibit, and expect from other students, the highest standards of academic integrity.

    9. Join and participate in student chapters of professional organizations.

    Personal:

    10. Plan your study time so you get enough sleep; try to get physical exercise regularly, andeat healthy meals.

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    May 2006 Undergraduate Student Handbook Page 4

    CIVIL ENGINEERING ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM

    The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) publishes a Code of Ethics for Engineers, aportion of which is included below:

    Preamble: Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of thisprofession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

    Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the

    services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness and equity, and must

    be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Engineers must

    perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest

    principles of ethical conduct.

    Fundamental Canons: Engineers, in the fulfillment of their professional duties, shall:

    1. Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public.

    2. Perform services only in areas of their competence.

    3. Issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.

    4. Act for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees.

    5. Avoid deceptive acts.

    6. Conduct themselves honorably, responsibly, ethically, and lawfully so as to enhance the

    honor, reputation, and usefulness of the profession.

    The NSPE has also adopted an Engineers Creed

    As a Professional Engineer, I dedicate my professional knowledge and skill to the

    advancement and betterment of human welfare. I pledge:

    To give the utmost of performance;

    To participate in none but honest enterprise;To live and work according to the laws of man and the highest standards of professional

    conduct;

    To place service before profit, the honor and standing of the profession before personal

    advantage, and the public welfare above all other considerations.

    In humility and with need for Divine Guidance, I make this pledge.

    David M Schnurbusch, President, Texas Section, American Society of Civil Engineers, said:

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, energetic civil engineers can

    change the world; indeed we are the one group that others count on to do that very thing .(adapted from Margaret Mead)

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    May 2006 Undergraduate Student Handbook Page 5

    ABOUT THE CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

    Administration. Dr. David V. Rosowsky serves as Department Head, Drs. Roger E. Smith and JoseRoesset serve as Associate Department Heads, and Dr. Robin Autenrieth serves as AssistantDepartment Head. More than sixty individuals make up the faculty of the Department. Each faculty

    member is housed in one of the Departments four Divisions. The Division Heads, Drs. Ralph

    Wurbs, Billy Edge, Joe Bracci, and Gene Hawkins are responsible for the day-to-day academic andresearch operations of their respective divisions. The faculty and administration are assisted by theBusiness Services Office, the Student Services Office, and the Graduate Studies Office. In additionto the Civil Engineering Program, the Ocean Engineering Program (OCEN), a degree-grantingprogram headed by Dr. Billy Edge, is part of the Civil Engineering Department and is housed withinthe Coastal and Ocean Engineering Division. The Civil Engineering Department maintains a

    webpage at http://www.civil.tamu.edu/.

    Student Services. The Student Services Office, under the direction of Dr. Terry Kohutek, is housedin CE 140. Advisors Dr. Lee Lowery and Mr. Richard Bartoskewitz, supported by Ms. DAnne

    Crain and Ms. Nancy May, assist with the various tasks accomplished by the Student ServicesOffice. More information about the undergraduate program is available on the webpage maintainedby the Student Services Office at http://www.civil.tamu.edu. Some of the duties of the office are:

    Coordinate the undergraduate advising program Monitor the academic progress of approximately 900-1000 undergraduate students Review applications for incoming transfer students Review applications to change major into the Civil Engineering program

    Maintain a webpage summarizing information about the undergraduate program Enforce academic policies

    Support the scheduling of classes and classrooms Assist with collecting and evaluating scholarship applicants Maintain records of the undergraduate students and statistical data about the program

    Graduate Studies. Dr. Tony Cahill serves as departmental graduate student advisor, directing theGraduate Studies Office. This office, housed in CE 106, administers the graduate program, approv