Curriculum - Civil Engineering, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering curriculum provides a solid foundation in all major sub-disciplines through required courses. Humanities and social sciences courses will help you to understand the societal context of your profession, and help you develop your writing and oral communication skills.

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. Table 2 summarizes elective courses in construction management, engineering, and civil engineering.

See what a typical four-year course of study for civil engineering majors looks like, and review additional degree requirements.

Required Courses – 128 Credits (Table 1)

Mathematics (16 Credits)

MA 1024 Calculus I, Credits: 4.00
MA 1124 Calculus II, Credits: 4.00
MA 1012 Calculus 1a, Credits: 2.00
MA 2132 Ordinary Differential Equations, Credits: 2.00
MA 2212 Data Analysis I, Credits: 2.00
MA 2222 Data Analysis II, Credits: 2.00

Sciences (17 Credits)

CM 1004 General Chemistry For Engineers, Credits: 4.00
PH 1013 Mechanics, Credits: 3.00
PH 2021 Introductory Physics Laboratory I, Credits: .50
PH 2023 Electricity, Magnetism, & Fluids, Credits: 3.00
PH 2031 Introductory Physics Laboratory II, Credits: .50
PH 2033 Waves, Optics, & Thermodynamics, Credits: 3.00
Basic Science Elective (choose from one of the following areas: biology, astrophysics and astronomy or geology and earth science)

General Engineering, Computer Science (7 Credits)

EG 1001 Engineering and Technology Forum, Credits: 1.00
EG 1003 Introduction to Engineering and Design, Credits: 3.00
CS 1133 Engineering Problem Solving and Programming, Credits: 3.00

Humanities and Social Science (24 Credits)

EN 1013W College Writing Workshop, Credits: 3.00
HuSS 1023W First-Year Writing Seminar, Credits: 3.00
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives (6 courses, 3 credits each; at least 1 must be a 3xxx/4xxx level course, and another must be a writing-intensive course, indicated by a “W”)

Civil Engineering (61 Credits)

CE 1002 Introduction to Civil Engineering, Credits: 2.00
CE 2113 Statics, Credits: 3.00
CE 2123 Mechanics of Materials, Credits: 3.00
CE 2213 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics, Credits: 3.00
CE 2323 Traffic Engineering I, Credits: 3.00
CE 3122 Structural Dynamics, Credits: 2.00
CE 3133 Structural Analysis, Credits: 3.00
CE 3143 Steel Design, Credits: 3.00
CE 3153 Geotechnical Engineering, Credits: 3.00
CE 3163 Materials Engineering, Credits: 3.00
CE 3223 Environmental Engineering I, Credits: 3.00
CE 3243 Water Resource Engineering, Credits: 3.00
CE 3343 Design of Traffic Facilities, Credits: 3.00
CE 4092 Leadership, Business Principles, Policy and Ethics in Civil Engineering, Credits: 2.00
CE 4183 Reinforced Concrete Design, Credits: 3.00
CE 4814 Civil Engineering Design, Credits: 4.00
CE XXXX Construction Management and Engineering Electives (6 credits; see table 2 below)
CEE XXXX Civil Engineering Electives (6 credits; see table 2 below)
CE XXXX Construction Management and Engineering or Civil Engineering Elective (3 credits; see table 2 below)

Free Elective (3 Credits)

Free Elective (choose any course in any the School of Engineering department for which you have the prerequisites)

Approved Construction Management, Engineering, and Civil Engineering Electives (Table 2)

Construction Management and Engineering Electives

CE 1502 Leadership & Foundations of Const Mgmt, Credits: 2.00
CE 2503 Construction of Modeling and Data Structures, I
CE 2513 Construction Materials & Methods, Credits: 3.00
CE 2523 Contracts & Construction Documents, Credits: 3.00
CE 3503 Cost Estimating, Credits: 3.00
CE 3513 Construction Scheduling, Credits: 3.00
CE 3532 Construction Site Layout, Credits: 2.00
CE 3541 Surveying, Credits: 1.00
CE 3553 Non-Structural Building Systems, Credits: 3.00
CE 3563 Construction Modeling and Data Structures II, Credits: 3.00
CE 4503 Construction Engineering, Credits: 3.00
CE 4513 Construction Project Administration, Credits: 3.00
CE 4533 Construction Law, Credits: 3.00

Civil Engineering Electives

CE 3313 Introduction to Transportation Systems, Credits: 3.00
CE 3353 History of New York City Transit System, Credits: 3.00
CE 4033 Introduction to Urban Infrastructure Systems Management, Credits: 3.00
CE 4043 Sustainable Cities, Credits: 3.00
CE 4053 Biosoma – Environmental Design of the City of the Future, Credits: 3.00
CE 4173 Foundation Engineering, Credits: 3.00
CE 4193 Timber and Masonry Structures, Credits: 3.00
CE 4333 Traffic Engineering II, Credits: 3.00
CE 4253 Water Resource Engineering II, Credits: 4.00
CE 4273 Environmental Engineering II, Credits: 3.00

Additional electives for CE undergraduates are available from courses in the Construction Management curriculum.

Additional Requirements

The BS in Civil Engineering program has 3 additional requirements:

  • Because a sound foundation in statics is essential to progress in civil engineering, you must achieve a grade of C or better in CE 2113 Statics, Credits: 3.00 to register for subsequent courses in the structures sequence:
    • CE 2123 Mechanics of Materials, Credits: 3.00
    • CE 3133 Structural Analysis, Credits: 3.00
    • CE 3143 Steel Design, Credits: 3.00, and
    • CE 3183 Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Since the capstone design course, CE 4814 Civil Engineering Design, requires a thorough understanding of all aspects of civil engineering, you must have a cumulative average of 2.0 or better in all civil engineering courses in order to enroll in it; and
  • To promote interest in professional registration, you must sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, which is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). CE 4092 includes a 0-credit recitation that provides preparation for the exam. Students who are not legally eligible to hold a professional engineer’s (PE) license are exempt from this requirement, but should still take CE 4092.

Previous Curricula

It is a generally accepted rule that students are subject to the requirements of the catalog in effect when they enrolled initially at the School of Engineering. In many cases, however, it will be easier to complete the current curriculum. Academic advisers work with you to make sure that you fulfill the proper requirements.