2020-2021 Official University Academic Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Official University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. David Dittenber, Chair



Engineering represents excellence at LeTourneau, and the inventive and entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, the late R.G. LeTourneau, continues today. The engineering program continues to emphasize the strong technical tradition, built upon Christian values, that has been a hallmark of LeTourneau University since its founding.

The program is basic preparation for registration as a Professional Engineer and provides the educational background for professional employment or for graduate study. A unique blend of mathematics, sciences, and engineering topics, together with communications, humanities, social sciences, and Biblical studies prepares students for professional engineering positions. Graduates from this program hold professional positions in research, development, design, production, applications engineering, and management in many industries.


It is the intent of our faculty that graduates from our program will develop successful and fulfilling careers, will be characterized by their interdisciplinary engineering strengths, will add value to their team and to their company, will complete engineering designs using both theoretical and practical knowledge, will be characterized by a high level of technical leadership skills, will be committed to continuous improvement, will actively promote the value and discipline of engineering at all levels of engagement with society, and will work diligently with a sense of Christian purpose in the workplace.

Program Educational Objectives

Based upon input from our constituents our PEO’s are the following:

  1. LeTourneau graduates will successfully enter the engineering profession or will pursue graduate education in engineering or related fields.
  2. LeTourneau graduates will continue professional development throughout their careers.
  3. LeTourneau graduates will engage the global dimensions of their profession.

Academic Expectations and Requirements

The program is designed to be completed in a four year period by students who have completed four units of high school English, two units of algebra, one unit of geometry, one half unit of trigonometry, and one unit of science (chemistry or physics). Both physics and chemistry are desired. Students who transfer from another college or university should understand that there are sequences of courses in the curriculum, up to six semesters in length, which build on one another.

Communications skills are required and are emphasized in all engineering courses. Written material presented for credit is graded for the correct use of English, form, and content. Oral presentations are expected in laboratories and classes, and they are evaluated on both content and presentation. Reading skills in both technical and non-technical areas, as well as proficiency in listening and evaluating, are also emphasized.

Industrial Advisory Council

LeTourneau University is privileged to have a distinguished group of engineering professionals who serve as consultants to the program. The Engineering and Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Council meets twice a year to review the university’s engineering programs. Council members – practicing engineers from all parts of the country – provide guidance in keeping the programs relevant to the needs of industry and engineering practice in general. The members study facilities and equipment needs, provide valuable input on the curriculum, and interact with faculty members and administrators.


LeTourneau University offers a Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree and an Environmental Engineering (EVGR) degree through the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Concurrent with the first students graduating with these degrees, accreditation by the Engineering Accredidation Commission of ABET will be sought for the B.S. Civil Engineering program.  In the meantime, LeTourneau University continues to maintain the prior degree in Engineering with a Civil Engineering concentration in the Engineering program that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.


For a list of current course sequence sheets, please visit the School of Engineering’s web page here.


    Bachelor of Science

    A Bachelor of Science degree may be granted in the following areas: