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 Admission to the Civil Engineering Program

Admission to the Civil Engineering Program is granted by the department, and is necessary before enrolling in 300- and 400-level courses. Near the end of the sophomore year, students submit an application for admission to the civil engineering program. Applications to the program may be obtained from the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering or downloaded here.

Before being admitted to upper-division civil engineering courses, a student must complete a minimum of 43 credits, for grade, including the following core courses, applicable to the degree: calculus-based physics (mechanics), 4 credits; calculus and differential equations, 16 credits; introduction to problem solving and civil engineering design, 2 credits; engineering analysis (numerical methods and statistics), 3 credits; engineering mechanics (statics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials), 9 credits; chemistry with lab, 5 credits; and English composition, 4 credits.

To be admitted to the civil engineering program, a student must earn a grade of C (2.00) or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the courses listed above. All core course grades (including those for repeated courses) will be considered in the computation of the GPA for admission to the program. Provisional admission to the program for one semester may be granted in limited cases.

All admitted students are required to take a department-administered diagnostic test early in their junior year.

Transfer Students

The department makes a special effort to accommodate transfer students. Transfer students are encouraged to contact the department as soon as possible to facilitate a smooth transition. Generally, no transfer credits are allowed for upper division civil engineering courses. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 credits at Minnesota State Mankato prior to being considered for admission to the program.

Satisfactory Progress

Once admitted to the civil engineering program, a student must demonstrate satisfactory progress by maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.30 in all upper-division engineering courses.

P/N Grading

P/N credit is not allowed for any course used to meet civil engineering degree requirements.


An admitted student who does not maintain satisfactory progress as defined above will be placed on program probationary status for a maximum of one semester. During the probationary period, the student must complete at least 8 credits, approved by the department, of upper division engineering courses for grade from the prescribed Civil Engineering curriculum. Students may not receive a degree without first conforming to the satisfactory progress criteria. A student who fails to meet satisfactory progress for a second semester (consecutive or non-consecutive) will not be allowed to continue in the program.


A student may appeal any departmental decision in writing.