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Dr. Reginald Souleyrette

Dr. Reginald (Reg) Souleyrette

Department Chair

Transportation Engineering Professor

College of Engineering

161 Raymond Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0281

Program website

(859) 257-4856

  • BS

Civil engineering emphasizes infrastructure—geotechnical, water resources, environmental, transportation, construction and structural engineering, as well as other related fields. Our program allows students to discover which area (or combination of areas) of civil engineering is right for them. We emphasize more than classroom learning. For example, the Kentucky Transportation Center, Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute and Environmental Research and Training Laboratories are housed within the Department of Civil Engineering, which also offers one of the nation’s few railroad engineering programs. Our graduates are properly equipped to meet the infrastructure challenges of today and tomorrow.

Civil engineers design, construct, supervise, operate, and maintain large construction projects and systems, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Students interested in the broad field of civil engineering must have a solid foundation in physics, chemistry and mathematics as well as excellent communication skills. They must be effective members of teams and implement interdisciplinary solutions to technical and socioeconomic problems of an increasingly complex world. All of our students have both a professional and a faculty advisor to help them plan their academic program and career.


Civil Engineering graduate Rory Pope '16 working on the newly renovated and expanded Gatton College of Business & Economics building.

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Civil Engineering (BS) 131 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester

    Engineering Exploration I introduces students to the engineering and computer science professions, College of Engineering degree programs, and opportunities for career path exploration. Topics and assignments include study skills, team development, ethics, problem solving and basic engineering tools for modeling, analysis and visualization. Open to students enrolled in the College of Engineering. Students who received credit for EGR 112 are not eligible for EGR 101.


    Fundamentals of Engineering Computing introduces students to the practice and principles of computer programming and computational problem solving. Students will engage in hands-on project-based problem solving using modern computer software and hardware, with a particular emphasis on problems and techniques commonly appearing in various domains of engineering. Open to students enrolled in the College of Engineering.

  • Choose CHE 105 or PHY 2314

    A laboratory course offering experiments in mechanics and heat, framed in a small group environment that requires coordination and team work in the development of a well-written lab report.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • MA 113 - CALCULUS I4

    A course is one-variable calculus, including topics from analytic geometry. Derivatives and integrals of elementary functions (including the trigonometric functions) with applications. Lecture, three hours; recitation, two hours per week. Students may not receive credit for MA 113 and MA 137. Prereq: Math ACT of 27 or above, or Math SAT of 620 or above, or a grade of C or better in MA 109 and in MA 112, or a grade of C or better in MA 110, or appropriate score on math placement test, or consent of the department. Students who enroll in MA 113 based on their test scores should have completed a year of pre-calculus study in high school that includes the study of trigonometric functions. Note: Math placement test recommended.

    • Total15
Spring Semester

    Engineering Exploration II focuses on a semester long engineering design project with students working in teams to apply the skills and tools introduced in EGR 101 or EGR 112 for transfer students and EGR 102. Topics and assignments include more in depth exploration of engineering tools for modeling, analysis, visualization, programming, hardware interfacing, team development, documentation and communication. Students gain experience in project management, identifying constraints, iteration and technical report writing.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • MA 114 - CALCULUS II4

    A second course in Calculus. Applications of the integral, techniques of integration, convergence of sequence and series, Taylor series, polar coordinates. Lecture, three hours; recitation, two hours per week. Prereq: A grade of C or better in MA 113, MA 137, or MA 132.

  • Choose CHE 105 or PHY 2314
  • UK Core - Humanities3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • CE 211 - SURVEYING4

    A comprehensive course in the art and science of surveying as applied to civil engineering, including the use and care of surveying instruments; measurement of horizontal and vertical distances, angles and directions; collection of ground and underground data for the design and layout of roads, buildings, various mineral workings and other structures; and some aspects of the precise determination of position and direction for survey control. Lecture, three hours, laboratory, three hours per week.


    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to elements and compounds.

  • EM 221 - STATICS3

    Study of forces on bodies at rest. Vector algebra; study of force systems; equivalent force systems; distributed forces; internal forces; principles of equilibrium; application to trusses, frames and beams; friction.

  • MA 213 - CALCULUS III4

    A course in multi-variable calculus. Topics include vectors and geometry of space, three-dimensional vector calculus, partial derivatives, double and triple integrals, integration on surfaces, Green’s theorem. Optional topics include Stokes’ theorem and the Gauss’ divergence theorem. Lecture, three hours; recitation, two hours per week. Prereq: MA 114 or MA 138 or equivalent.


    Introduction to visualization, orthographic projection, and computer- aided drawing. Graphical solution of spatial problems. Integrated use of computer graphics to create civil engineering drawings. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, three hours per week. Prereq or coreq: MA 113 or consent of instructor.

    • Total17
Spring Semester

    A study of stress and strain in deformable solids with application primarily to linear elastic materials: stress and strain transformations; simple tension and compression of axial members; torsion of shafts; bending of beams; combined loading of members; buckling of columns.


    Experimental studies of the mechanical properties of materials and structural elements. Laboratory, four hours per week for three-fourths of the semester.

  • MA 214 - CALCULUS IV3

    MA 214 is a course in ordinary differential equations. Emphasis is on first and second order equations and applications. The course includes series solutions of second order equations and Laplace transform methods.


    A general course covering electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves and physical optics. Lecture, three hours; recitation, one hour per week.


    A laboratory course offering experiments in electricity, magnetism, and light, framed in a small group environment that requires coordination and team work in the development of a well written lab report.


    Data collection, description, and factor “association” versus causal relationship; “Confidence”—statistical versus practical; and Hypothesis testing—All of these covered in a conceptual approach while relying heavily on the mathematical language of probability (e.g., population and sample distributions; sampling; regression on one variable) and use of simulated and real data.

    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours32

Junior Year

Fall Semester

    Instruction and experience in writing for science and technology. Emphasis on clarity, conciseness, and effectiveness in preparing letters, memos, and reports for specific audiences. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.


    How the Earth Works: an integrated course in physical geology, covering the physical, chemical and biological processes that combine to produce geological processes. Attention is focused on plate tectonics, earth surface processes, and properties and formation of earth materials. Lab exercises emphasize identification and interpretation of geologic materials and maps. Lecture/Discussion, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week.


    The study of the planning, administration, management, and cost of construction projects and an introduction to the methodology utilized in executing specific designs. Emphasis is placed on the organization of construction firms, development of construction documents, interpretation and analysis of engineering plans and specifications, theory of engineering economics, estimating and quantity take-off, contractural and management systems, scheduling, project administration, and inspection of construction operations.


    Fundamental principles of thermodynamics and fluid flow. Includes fluids at rest, fluids in motion. Continuity, momentum and energy relations, ideal and viscous fluids. Emphasis on incompressible fluids. Description of pumps and open channels.


    A study of the microscopic and macroscopic structures and properties of materials used in civil engineering construction with emphasis on the relationships of their physical and mechanical properties to engineering design and application. Written reports and oral presentation of results will be required. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, three hours per week.

    • Total17
Spring Semester

    An introduction to transportation engineering. Development of transportation systems in the United States. Route geometrics and design. Traffic flow characteristics and control. Planning financing and economic analysis of transport facilities.


    Overview of environmental chemistry and microbiology, water quality, water and wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous wastes management, hazardous waste remediation, and air pollution control. Emphasis on the basic science and engineering principles required to understand both natural and engineered systems, as well as the engineering approach to understanding the natural environment and specific treatment and mitigation methods.


    Statically determinate analysis of two-dimensional structures: trusses, beams and frames. Influence lines for truss and beam structures. Displacement calculations using virtual work principles. Statically indeterminate analysis includes approximate, force method and plastic analysis.

  • Engineering Science Elective3
  • Math Elective or Science Elective3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total18
    • Total Junior Hours35

Senior Year

Fall Semester

    A hydrological study of the laws governing the occurrence, distribution, and movement of water in watershed systems. Meteorological considerations, precipitation, evaporation, infiltration, streamflow, hydrograph analysis, flood routing, open channel hydraulics, culvert design, pump systems, groundwater flow, and frequency analysis. Principals of mathematical models that describe the flow process in a natural watershed and hydraulic structures.


    A study of the strength, deformation and hydraulic properties of soils and their relationship to settlement, stress distribution, earth pressure, bearing capacity and slope stability. Design of footing foundations and retaining walls. Written and oral presentations of student projects will be required. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours per week.

  • CE 48X - Structures Elective3
  • CE Design Elective3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • CE 401 - SEMINAR1

    A discussion of the ethical and professional aspects of civil engineering practice. Concepts of loss prevention and conflict resolution. Structured small group discussion, oral presentations, and role playing. Lecture, two hours per week.


    The course is designed to provide the graduating civil engineer with an integration of professional practice issues with planning, design, and construction. Topics to be covered will include: development of teaming, problem solving, and decision-making skills; development of written and oral technical communication skills; procurement of professional services; integration of planning, design, and construction activities; integration of environmental, legal, political, and social issues and concerns into the project process. All activities will be conducted in teams. Lecture, two hours; laboratory three hours per week.

  • CE Design Elective3
  • Technical Elective3
  • Supportive Elective3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
    • Total16
    • Total Senior Hours33

Admission Requirements

Students may directly enroll as pre-engineering students; however, there are minimum admission requirements. Minimum freshman entry requirements are an ACT math score of 23 or higher or a SAT Math score of 540 or higher. Additionally, students must also meet the minimum Kentucky statewide academic readiness requirements for reading and writing. If you do not meet the initial admission requirements, please refer to the University of Kentucky Bulletin for alternative routes to admission to the College of Engineering.

First-Year Engineering Program

The smartest, most talented engineers around the world are devoting themselves to tackling immense global challenges. As a First-Year Engineering (FYE) student, you get to join them!

In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering identified 14 “Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century”—opportunities to greatly increase humanity’s sustainability, health, security and joy of living. Themes include making solar energy economical, enhancing virtual reality, reverse-engineering the brain, securing cyberspace, providing access to clean water and more.

These ambitious goals demand engineers roll up their sleeves and get to work, which is why we put them front and center during your first year as an engineering student. We have designed the FYE program to inspire you. We want you to discover your passion. We want you to explore where you might make your unique contribution. We want you to get your hands dirty and make stuff that might, one day, lead to a breakthrough.

Why wait until you’re taking upper-level classes to figure out what interests you? Through real engineering classes taught by top faculty and exposure to engineering’s greatest challenges, the FYE program gets you into the game from day one.

Degree Requirements

In addition to fulfilling UK Core and College of Engineering requirements, students must complete the Civil Engineering curriculum. The following curriculum meets the requirements for the B.S. degree.

Student Involvement

Student organizations are an outgrowth of student interest and serve the needs of a variety of students. Many provide programs that supplement the classroom experience and extend into areas of service for the community. All provide learning and leadership training for participating students. Student organizations that are typically of interest to civil engineering students include: RailCats, American Society of Civil Engineers, Chi Epsilon, Institute for Transportation Engineers, the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and Tau Beta Pi.

Scholarship Opportunities

Students in the Department of Civil Engineering may apply and compete each year for over one hundred scholarship awards. These annual scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $5,000, currently totaling around $125,000 per year. Applications are due in mid-semester of the spring semester for the following academic year.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offers approximately 45 Transportation Scholarships each year to UK students who are also Kentucky residents. These provide each recipient with stipends of $9,600 for the academic year for freshman and sophomore students and $10,400 for the academic year for junior and senior students. These scholarships require the recipient to accept employment with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet after graduation for one year for each year the scholarship was accepted.

Career Prospects in Civil Engineering

From the water in your faucets, to the roads and bridges that you use for transportation, to electric distribution systems that power your home, civil engineers help make modern life possible. What’s more, thanks to the development of technologies like clean water treatment plants, civil engineers help improve the quality of life around the world. Civil engineers are employed by the construction industry, engineering or architectural firms, utility companies, energy companies, telecommunications businesses, manufacturing companies, consulting firms, railroads and state and federal governmental agencies.

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Dr. Reginald Souleyrette

Dr. Reginald (Reg) Souleyrette

Department Chair

Transportation Engineering Professor

College of Engineering

161 Raymond Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0281

(859) 257-4856

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