Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Program Contact: John Greenleaf  203-582-5018

The BS in Civil Engineering has a broad-based curriculum that provides exposure to technical issues and design in a number of civil engineering sub-disciplines including: structural, environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic/water resources and construction management. Civil engineering projects are often multidisciplinary in nature and can involve large public works. Specifically, civil engineers design, build and maintain a variety of projects including: roads, buildings, tunnels, retaining walls, dams, bridges, airports, water supplies and sewerage systems.

Through exposure to the University Curriculum, foundational coursework in science and mathematics, major field courses and extracurricular activities, students graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering achieve intellectual proficiencies in critical thinking and reasoning, scientific literacy, quantitative reasoning, information fluency, creative thinking and visual literacy. They also achieve interpersonal proficiencies in written and oral communication, responsible citizenship, diversity awareness and sensitivity, and social intelligence.

BS in Civil Engineering Curriculum

The program requires 126 credits as outlined here:

A minimum grade of C- is required to satisfy the prerequisites of all civil engineering courses having the CER designation.

University Curriculum
Foundations of Inquiry:
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
MA 265Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
Disciplinary Inquiry:
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
Fine Arts3
Personal Inquiry:
Choose one of the following:
BIO 101
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
ENR 110The World of an Engineer3
MA 151Calculus I4
PHY 121University Physics4
Two courses from Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts (must be from two different areas)6
Integrative Capstone:
University Capstone3
Intercultural Understanding
3 credits within the breadth component of the university curriculum (everything other than foundations of inquiry) must be from classes marked as "I" (intercultural understanding).
In additional to the University Curriculum requirements, students majoring in Civil Engineering must take the following:
Foundational Courses for Civil Engineering
MA 153Calculus II: Part A2
MA 154Calculus II: Part B2
MA 251Calculus III4
CSC 106Introduction to Programming for Engineers3
Science Technical Elective (Take one of the following sets):
One of these two sets: CHE 111 & 111L, General Chemistry II and lab; or PHY 122 & 122L, University Physics and Lab.4
University Physics II
and University Physics II Lab
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Common Engineering Curriculum
ENR 210Engineering Economics and Project Management3
ENR 395Professional Development Seminar1
Civil Engineering Courses
MER 210
Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design
and Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design Lab
MER 220
Mechanics of Materials
and Mechanics of Materials Lab
MER 310Fluid Mechanics3
CER 210Infrastructure Engineering3
CER 220Civil Engineering Site Design3
CER 310Structural Analysis3
CER 325
Concrete Materials
and Concrete Materials Lab
CER 330Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering3
CER 340
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Design
and Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Design Lab
CER 350
Hydrology/Hydraulic Design
and Hydrology/Hydraulic Design Lab
CER 360Construction Management3
CER 420Design of Concrete Structures3
CER 445Advanced Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Design3
CER 455Advanced Environmental Engineering3
CER 490Engineering Professional Experience1
CER 498Design of Civil Engineering Systems3
Select two Civil Engineering Electives6
Technical Elective 13
Total Credits126

Student Learning Outcomes:

Attainment of the following competencies prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering:

  1. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  2. Ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  5. Ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  6. Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Educational Objectives:

Within four to seven years following graduation, graduates of the civil engineering program shall become successful professionals recognized for their:

  1. Resourcefulness in the application of new knowledge, tools and technology to changing problems and circumstances in the natural and built environment.
  2. Communication of complex ideas and problems to a professional audience.
  3. Ethical behavior and capacity for finding engineering solutions that consider both the technical and social consequences of their work.
  4. Leadership, mentorship and contributions to their profession and community.
  5. Pursuit of intellectual, personal and professional development.

Admission Requirements: School of Engineering

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Engineering programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.