Undergraduate Program

The Department of Civil and Urban Engineering develops engineering graduates capable of contributing to and advancing the practice of civil engineering and its subdisciplines. Through its research programs, the department strives to be at the forefront in selected areas in the development of new knowledge and applications in civil engineering. Through its educational programs, graduates will be well rounded in state-of-the-art techniques and will develop the skills needed to apply them in a complex profession. Among these skills are the abilities to communicate effectively in written and verbal form and understand the context of civil engineering projects in a complex society.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives relate to where the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering expects its graduates to be within three to five years of earning undergraduate degrees. Learn more.

Student Outcomes

Program outcomes are those abilities and skills that graduates are expected to have upon graduation with a BS in Civil Engineering degree. Learn more.

Required Courses

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The BS in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The curriculum for the BS in Civil Engineering is described in the tables that follow. Table 1 summarizes the curriculum and its requirements in subject-area categories. 

Curriculum for the BS in Civil Engineering

Mathematics: (16 Credits)1

Sciences: 18 Credits

 +   Science Elective 2                                                                                                   3 Credits 


General Engineering, Computer Science: 7 Credits

Humanities and Social Science: 24 Credits

 +   Humanities and Social Sciences Electives 3                                                  16 Credits


Civil Engineering: 61 Credits

  +  Construction Management and Engineering Electives                          6 Credits       (See Table 2)                     

  +  Civil Engineering Electives (See Table 2)                                             6 Credits 

  +  Construction Management and Engineering or                                    3 Credits 

      Civil Engineering Elective (See Table 2) 

  +  Transportation Engineering Elective (See Table 2)                             3 Credits 


Free Elective 

  +   Free Elective 4                                                                                       3 Credits 


Total Credits for Degree: 129

Footnotes for Table 1

1 All students, except those who have earned a grade of 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB or BC AP Exam, take a mathematics placement examination. Students may be placed in an alternative course, which may not carry degree credit, based up the results of such placement examination. Students also may be advance-placed based upon AP or college math credit earned in high school. Students may substitute MA-UY 1324, which includes two additional contact hours, for MA-UY 1024.

2 Students may select a basic science elective from one of the following areas: biology, astrophysics and astronomy or geology and earth science.

3 Students must take sixeen credits (four courses) of elective courses in the humanities and social sciences. Consult the Technology, Culture and Society portion of the bulletin for details. At least one humanities and social sciences elective must be a 3xxx/4xxx level course. At least one humanities and social sciences elective must be a writing-intensive course, labeled by “W.”

4 A free elective is any course in any department of the University for which the student has the prerequisites.


Table 2: Approved Construction Management and Engineering and Civil Engineering Electives

Construction Management and Engineering Electives

Civil Engineering Electives


Transportation Engineering Electives


Additional electives for CE undergraduates are available from courses in the Construction Management curriculum. Consult the Construction Management section of the catalog.