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 course work 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 127 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 Requirements (47 credits)

Foundations of Inquiry
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar (3 credits)
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing (3 credits)
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research (3 credits)

Quantitative Literacy
MA 265 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4 credits)

Disciplinary Inquiry
CHE 110 General Chemistry (3 credits) & CHE 110L Lab (1 credit)
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
Humanities (choose one course – 3 credits)
Fine Arts (choose one course – 3 credits)

Personal Inquiry
BIO 101 General Biology I (3 credits) & BIO 101L Lab (1 credit)
MA 151 Calculus I (4 credits)
MA 152 Calculus II (4 credits)
Two courses from Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Science (must be from two different areas – 6 credits)

Integrative Capstone
University Capstone course (3 credits)

In addition to the University Curriculum requirements, students majoring in Civil Engineering must take the following:

Foundational Courses for Civil Engineering
MA 251Calculus III4
PHY 121University Physics4
PHY 122University Physics II4
CSC 110
Programming and Problem Solving
and Programming and Problem Solving Lab
Common Engineering Curriculum
ENR 110The World of an Engineer3
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 320
Design of Reinforced Concrete
and Design of Concrete Structures 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 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 Credits80

Learning Objectives

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.