Engineering professor John Greenleaf (center, weth glasses) with students using tolls to perform percolator tests on the Mount Carmel campus Friday, Sept 23, 2016. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipaic University )

BS in Civil Engineering

Whether working with a city’s planning board to build roadways, bridges or waterways, designing a retractable stadium roof that can withstand hurricane winds or working on underground sewage systems and water treatment facilities, civil engineers make an impact on everyday life.

Program Overview

Civil engineering is a broad field. Geo-technical engineers oversee tunneling when a city expands its underground transit systems, and environmental engineers work to reduce harmful industrial emissions while maintaining a region’s economic health. Structural, hydraulic and construction management are three more areas of specialization. 

You’ll learn to analyze and interpret complex data while identifying and solving engineering problems in more than a dozen labs and workshops. The fluids lab, for example, has a wind tunnel and instruments that measure fluid flow and pressure. The environmental workshop contains both bench top and field equipment for the analysis of water and wastewater, and the fabrications lab is where you’ll create prototypes and mockups of your designs so you can test your ideas. 

You’ll have the opportunity to join the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), conduct STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs with area elementary schools; get work experience with an internship; or study abroad. Our civil engineering majors have worked or interned at companies such as the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Gilbane and AECOM.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Civil Engineering Curriculum

The program requires 130 credits as outlined here:

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

Course List
University Curriculum
Foundations of Inquiry:
FYS 101First Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
Quantitative Literacy:
MA 265Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
Disciplinary Inquiry:
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
Fine Arts3
Personal Inquiry:
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
MA 151Calculus I4
MA 152Calculus II4
Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts (3 classes; must be from two different areas)9
Integrative Capstone:
University Capstone3
Foundational Courses for Civil Engineering
MA 251Calculus III4
PHY 121University Physics4
PHY 122University Physics II4
CSC 110
& 110L
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
& 210L
Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design
and Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design Lab
MER 220
& 220L
Mechanics of Materials
and Mechanics of Materials Lab
MER 310Thermal-Fluid Systems I3
CER 210Infrastructure Engineering3
CER 220Civil Engineering Site Design3
CER 310Structural Analysis3
CER 320
& 320L
Design of Reinforced Concrete
and Design of Concrete Structures Lab
CER 330Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering3
CER 340
& 340L
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Design
and Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Design Lab
CER 350
& 350L
Hydrology/Hydraulic Design
and Hydrology/Hydraulic Design Lab
CER 360Construction Management3
CER 445Advanced Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering3
CER 455Advanced Environmental Engineering3
CER 490Engineering Professional Experience1
CER 498Design of Civil Engineering Systems3
Select two Civil Engineering Electives6
Technical Elective 13
Total Credits130

Includes any CER elective or a 200-level or higher MER, IER, SER, MA, BIO or CHE course with department chair approval.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Student Enrollment

  • 2016-17: 59
  • 2015-16: 36
  • 2014-15: 26
  • 2013-14: 13
  • 2012-13: 3

Number of Civil Engineering Program Graduates
2015-16: 1, Inaugural Class