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Creation of a Co-Terminal BS/MS Civil Engineering Degree Program

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Topics Related to Civil Engineering Curriculum

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Civil Engineering

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24.336.1 - 24.336.18



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Charles E. Riley Oregon Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Riley teaches across the curriculum and at all levels from the freshman experience, mechanics sequence, structural analysis and design, sustainability, and graduate structures and mechanics. His background is in highway bridge design and rating and structural mechanics. He has been honored with the 2012 ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2013 Beer and Johnston Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the ASEE Mechanics Division.

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Roger V. Lindgren Oregon Institute of Technology


Sean St. Clair Oregon Institute of Technology

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Sean St.Clair is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Civil Engineering Department at Oregon Tech, where he teaches structural engineering courses and conducts research in engineering education. He is also a registered Professional Engineer.

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David K. Thaemert P.E. Oregon Institute of Technology


Matthew Sleep Oregon Institute of Technology

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Dr. Matthew Sleep received his Bachelors degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Mississippi. After working for the USACE and private consulting, Matthew returned to graduate school at Virginia Tech receiving a Masters and PhD in Civil Engineering. His research and consulting focus is in Geotechnical Engineering with and emphasis on dam and levee projects. He is currently an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology.

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Creation of a Co-Terminal BS/MS Civil Engineering Degree ProgramAbstractA civil engineering department at a small teaching-focused polytechnic university recentlyoverhauled its undergraduate program to develop a practice-focused, co-terminal,bachelor’s/master’s degree program. The department, staffed with five faculty members, hasinstructed an average enrollment of 126 students for the past two years. The faculty created aprogram that allows freshmen to enter at college algebra, expands technical elective offerings forboth BS and BS/MS students, allows students to graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degreesin five years, and can be offered with minimal adjunct faculty. The new program supports theuniversity’s hands-on practice-oriented mission and allows for the first degree program of itskind in the region to provide students with a graduate experience that satisfies the M/30 path tolicensure proposed in the ASCE Policy Statement 465 and supported by the NCEES Model Law.The program structure and content was informed by the ASCE Body of Knowledge, ABETrequirements, faculty background and university general education requirements. This paperwill outline the previous and current civil engineering degree programs, describe the process ofcrafting the new program and discuss the benefits and challenges of such a program for a smallfaculty body.

Riley, C. E., & Lindgren, R. V., & St. Clair, S., & Thaemert, D. K., & Sleep, M. (2014, June), Creation of a Co-Terminal BS/MS Civil Engineering Degree Program Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20227

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