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 ),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 ), 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 ),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

Civil engineers do much more than build bridges — they bridge our present to a future of safer roads and railways; renewable energy systems; pristine and well-managed water supplies; and sustainable infrastructure reinforced to stand against time and nature for generations.

Program Overview

Improving our world, from the ground up

Students learn how to measure distance and angles using a total station tool with professors Jose Alvarez and John Greenleaf.

A future on level ground

Students learn how to measure distance and angles using a total station tool with professors Jose Alvarez and John Greenleaf.

As a civil engineer, you may one day oversee tunneling for a city’s new underground transit system, manage the construction process of multi-million dollar airports and convention centers, or advise government agencies on contaminated site cleanup. To help you find your place in such a diverse field, our program’s coursework gives you hands-on exposure in the five main sub-fields of Civil Engineering: structural, environmental, geo-technical, water resource and construction management.

Hands-on means active learning defined by design intensive classes and group projects that incorporate the latest software and outside professional collaborators. These are done both out in the field and in state-of-the-art facilities that mirror it, including a fluids lab complete with fully operational wind tunnel, an environmental workshop equipped for water analysis, and a fabrications lab that allows you to bring prototypes and mockups of your designs to life. 

Our program is specifically structured to give students a head-start professionally. They intern and begin their careers at such prestigious engineering firms such as AECOM, Langan, and the Gilbane Development Company, and gain membership with professional societies such as the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers). Additionally, our experiential curriculum is specifically designed to prepare them for the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam, taken during their senior year. The first of the NCEES exams, the FE exam represents the first major step toward Professional Licensure (PE) as a civil engineer.

Our civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, meaning it meets the highest standards of engineering education. Its innovative combination of modern theory, interdisciplinary field projects and powerful internships builds the foundation necessary to launch a rewarding career.

May 11, 2017 School of Engineering Civil Engineering students test fiber-reinforced bowling balls

Strength under pressure

Civil engineering students perform a compression test on bowling balls that they constructed out of fiber-reinforced concrete. Made from a combination of concrete, glass and nylon fibers, the balls are more economical and less labor intensive to create, easier to transport and bowled just as straight as traditional ones. Nylon is also more malleable and easier to work with than conventional steel rebar.

Civil Engineering students Megan Bazata '17, Kevin Bloomquist '17, Matthew Brown '17, Kevin Crupi '17, Justin Mateus '17 and Paige Wilber '17 conducted a stream assessment of the Mill River in Hamden, CT, in partnership with local non-profit Save the Sound. Based on their assessment, the team designed a plan for green infrastructure improvements for the East Shore Park, and presented a feasibility study to the Connecticut Environmental Fund and the City of New Haven. The project was part of a greater senior capstone project that is required for all students.

Preservation meets dedication

Civil Engineering students Megan Bazata '17, Kevin Bloomquist '17, Matthew Brown '17, Kevin Crupi '17, Justin Mateus '17 and Paige Wilber '17 conducted a stream assessment of the Mill River in Hamden, CT, in partnership with local non-profit Save the Sound. Based on their assessment, the team designed a plan for green infrastructure improvements for the East Shore Park, and presented a feasibility study to the Connecticut Environmental Fund and the City of New Haven. The project was part of a greater senior capstone project that is required for all students.

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.

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
4
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
Humanities3
Fine Arts3
Personal Inquiry:
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
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
4
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
4
MER 220
& 220L
Mechanics of Materials
and Mechanics of Materials Lab
4
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
4
CER 330Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering3
CER 340
& 340L
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Design
and Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Design Lab
4
CER 350
& 350L
Hydrology/Hydraulic Design
and Hydrology/Hydraulic Design Lab
4
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 Credits130
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Includes any CER elective or a 200-level or higher MER, IER, SER, MA, BIO or CHE course with department chair approval.

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Enrollment and Graduation Data

Student enrollment


  • 2017-18: 62
  • 2016-17: 59
  • 2015-16: 36
  • 2014-15: 26
  • 2013-14: 13
  • 2012-13: 3

Number of civil engineering program graduates


  • 2016-17: 5
  • 2015-16: 1, Inaugural Class