Civil Engineering
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About Us



  Dr. Jerry Lee Anderson, Interim-Director

Academic Services Building, Room 1.202

1201 W. University Drive

Edinburg, Texas  78539-2999

Telephone: 956/665-3038

Fax: 956/665-3527



Full-Time Faculty

Azarbayejani, Mohammad, Assistant Professor

Ho, Jungseok, Assistant Professor

Mahmoud, Enad, Assistant Professor

Vu, Thuy, Assistant Professor

Abdel-Raheem, Mohamed, Assistant Professor

Vidal, Jorge, Lecturer



Civil Engineers plan, design and supervise construction of facilities and systems used by our society. The wellness and convenience of our modern world is due largely to the infrastructure provided by civil engineers: water treatment plants and distribution systems, sanitary sewer collection and treatment systems, the distribution of electric power, transportation networks, high rise buildings, stadiums, dams, tunnels and bridges are all examples of civil engineering work that supports our civilization. The UTPA Civil Engineering program was implemented on September 1, 2010 with an emphasis in four areas of study: water resources, structures, geotechnical and management engineering. The program awards a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,




The Civil Engineering Program prepares graduates for local, regional or world-wide employment in the engineering profession or placement in a graduate school.  The program affords students opportunities to meet and interact with practicing engineers, businesses and government agencies; to participate in professional engineering organizations and in research.  The faculty endeavor to be accessible, maintain state of the art instruction and facilities, and to provide liberal access to laboratories and academic support.


Program Educational Objectives


Program Education Objectives are statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates during the first several years following graduation from the Civil Engineering program at the University of Texas – Pan American.

The University of Texas – Pan American Civil Engineering’s undergraduate program offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering, and our faculty is committed to teaching, inspiring, and mentoring students who will meet the following objectives:

  1. Our graduates will meet or exceed the expectations of employers of civil engineers
  2. Our graduates will pursue advanced study, if that is consistent with their career plans
  3. Our graduates will engage in lifelong learning to maintain professional competency


Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students will attain:

a)      an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;

b)      an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

c)       an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;

d)      an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;

e)      an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

f)       an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

g)      an ability to communicate effectively;

h)      the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;

i)        a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;

j)        a knowledge of contemporary issues;

k)      an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.



Degree Requirements

Civil Engineering education is founded upon physical science and mathematics.  Lower division  coursework is focused upon gaining knowledge in these areas and then extending it into the realm of engineering science.  Upper division coursework applies the knowledge gained in math and science to analysis and design in specific areas of Civil Engineering.  The course requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering are as follows:


University Requirements**                                      

    Core Curriculum                                          43 hours



          ENG     1301   Composition

          ENG     1302   Rhetoric


        Natural Science

          PHYS    2401 Physics for Sci & Eng I

          PHYS    2402 Physics for Sci & Eng II



          MATH 1460   Calculus I



          ENG     23xx   English literature

                        x3xx   Visual /Performing Arts

          PHIL     2393   Engineering Ethics


        Social Sciences

          HIST     2313   American Heritage I

          HIST     2314   American Heritage II

          POLS    2313   US & Texas Gov't and Politics

          POLS    2314   US & Texas Gov't and Politics

                        x3xx   "Other" Soc. Sci. course


        Computer Literacy

          MECE  1221   Engineering Graphics


Engineering Requirements                        84 hours

    Other Science and Mathematics  (21 hours)

          CHEM  1307   Chemistry for Engineers

          CHEM  1107 Laboratory Chemistry for Eng

          MATH 1460   Calculus I (1 cr hr over core)

          MATH 1470   Calculus II

          MECE  2450   Numerical Meth & Statistics

          MECE  3449   Mechanical Eng Analysis I

          MECE  3450   Mechanical Eng Analysis II


    Engineering Science and Design (63 hours)

          ENGR  1101   Introduction to Engineering

          MANE 3337   Engineering Economics

          MECE  2405   Engineering Mechanics

          MECE  2335   Thermodynamics

          MECE  2340   Engineering Materials

          MECE  2140 Engineering Materials Lab

          MECE  3315   Fluid Mechanics

          MECE  3115   Fluid Mechanics Lab

          MECE  3321   Mechanics of Solids

          CIVE     2120   Civil Eng. Measurements

          CIVE     2140   Materials of Construction

          CIVE     3331   Environmental Engineering


        Water Resources

          CIVE     3333   Water-Wastewater Treatment

          CIVE     4315   Applied Hydrology

          CIVE     4335   Water Resources Engineering



          CIVE     3324   Structural Analysis

          CIVE     3341   Structural Steel Design

          CIVE     4346   Reinforced Concrete Design



          CIVE     3375   Geotechnical Engineering

          CIVE     4347   Foundation Design

          CIVE     4348   Highway Engineering



          CIVE     3352   Civil Eng Systems Analysis

          CIVE     4349   Const Planning & Mngmnt

          CIVE     4390   CE Senior Design Project


TOTAL                                                               127 hours


** University requirements may also include:

        UNIV     1301   Learning Frameworks

                        x6xx   Non-English Language