The field of civil engineering involves a broad range of areas. Our undergraduate programs focus on training engineers with basic knowledge in different professional fields. The focus of courses is on providing students with both basic engineering concepts and knowledge of different applications of professional engineering.
The normal duration for the undergraduate program is 4 years. Students, who have successfully completed and passed 128 credits of courses, shall receive the B.S. Degree conferred by the Department of Civil Engineering, Chung Yuan Christian University. It is important that undergraduate students have an opportunity to verify some of the ideas for themselves. Thus, five laboratories are built for undergraduates in order to provide an experimental foundation for the theoretical concepts introduced in the lectures.
  1. Surveying Laboratory: the laboratory aids in the developments of fundamental laboratory on land surveying to civil engineering students. Instruments for distance measurements and for measuring heights of the objects are available for learning purposes. Students are encouraged to practice land surveying techniques, using variety of surveying equipments ranging from GPS, infrared distance sensors traditional levels etc.
  2. Engineering Material Laboratory: the laboratory aims to introduce basic material testing procedures to students. Our focus is on the materials which are extensively used in the civil engineering discipline, such as cement, aggregate, concrete, steel timber and bricks. The standard established by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Chinese National Standards (CNS) are addressed in the related courses.
  3. Soil Mechanics Laboratory: the laboratory enables students to study the physical properties of soil by preparing the samples and performing several basic soil testing procedures, such as unconfined compression and direct shear tests. This can help students understand more about the limitations of various types of soils under different conditions. ASTM standards are also emphasized.
  4. Structures Laboratory: the main focus of the laboratory is to address some critical issues in structural mechanics and materials. An understanding of the relationship between stress and strain is crucial to the insight to the deformation and failure processes in structures. Also, the laboratory uses experimental, modeling, and computational tools to investigate the vibration of structures, and predict their behavior under different loading conditions.
  5. Hydraulics Lab: the lab aims to help students developing, testing and implementing the experiments of water and the environment. Flumes are provided in the laboratory for analysis of unidirectional flow. Equipments are also available for detailed measurements of flow velocity and turbulence and water surface.
The laboratories are not expecting students to get the "right answer." The purpose is to learn how to gain knowledge by observing the reality as well as to analyze the obtained information.