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Civil Engineering Curriculum At The University Of Florida And The Mahanakorn Univeristy Of Technology, Thailand

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

International Engineering Education I

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8.296.1 - 8.296.6



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Fazil Najafi

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Session 2160


Kitti Manokhoon1, Dr. Fazil T. Najafi 2

Graduate student, Civil & Coastal Engineering, University of Florida1/ Professor, Civil & Coastal Engineering, University of Florida2


An overview of regular courses of study in undergraduate Civil Engineering at the University of Florida (UF) and the Mahanakorn University of Technology (MUT), Thailand, is compared. The curriculum systems are alike in terms of courses provided and credit hours requirements. These similarities are to provide necessary preparatory courses such as mathematics, chemistry, and physics, which serve as a foundation for the engineering degree. A number of basic engineering courses are taken to complete the core curriculum required of all engineering students. In upper division, students concentrate on their major field of study- civil engineering, which is composed of Structural, Construction Management, Transportation, Geo-technical, Water Resource, and General Civil Engineering. UF-Civil Engineering education mainly concentrates on technical excellence, communication skills, and a well-rounded general and multidisciplinary education. Whereas, the MUT focuses on balanced distribution of fundamental knowledge and practice to reach the society needs. The procedure to obtain license for working as a professional engineer is a major factor that indicates the difference between the two departments. Even though, the curriculum structure may appear dissimilar in minor but the main objectives are indisputably based on the same direction to incorporate many of different civil engineering aspects; in private practice, in academia, in public practice and in combination with other disciplines. Moreover, the action in the ideas of global perspective has been developing in both universities for the future of Civil Engineering.


The University of Florida (UF) is a major public university. The state's oldest university was established in 1853. Subsequently, the civil and coastal engineering department strives to build upon a leading program of exceptional teaching, innovative research and dedicated service by maintaining a strong curriculum, a highly qualified and committed faculty, outstanding facilities and essential funding. The department of civil engineering, which was established in 1905, has been a recognized leader in innovative educational programs and is widely considered to be among the top programs in the United States. The Department merged with the Department of Coastal Engineering in 1999 and currently has 44 faculty members in 10 technology areas. There “Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Najafi, F. (2003, June), Civil Engineering Curriculum At The University Of Florida And The Mahanakorn Univeristy Of Technology, Thailand Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11568

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