B.S. in Civil Engineering


The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) degree program prepares graduates for entrance into the profession of civil engineering or graduate study. Civil engineering graduates work in industry as civil engineers, typically specializing as construction, geotechnical, structural, or transportation engineers. They also hold other job titles, including field supervisors, project managers, job superintendents, contractors, estimators, safety specialists, schedulers, examiners, or surveyors.

As the nation’s infrastructure ages, more civil engineers will be needed to supervise projects that maintain, repair, rebuild, or upgrade highways, bridges, dams, waste treatment plants, and water systems. Civil engineers are also needed to design and build new houses, buildings, highways, and various components of infrastructure as the population continues to grow. Moreover, they will contribute to energy conservation, environmental sustainability, and environmental protection by building and maintaining smart green buildings and cities, as well as managing renewable energy projects, including building structures to support solar arrays and wind turbines in addition to dams and geothermal plants.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections Program, projected the employment number of civil engineers to increase nationwide from 272,900 in 2012 to 326,600 in 2022 for an increase of 20% (53,700), which was significantly higher than 11% for all occupations and 9% for all types of engineers. It also reported the median annual salary for civil engineers with five years of experience and more was $79,340 in May 2012. As provided in the January 2013 Salary Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the average starting salary of 2012 civil engineering graduates was  $57,600, ranked #7 among the top ten earners. The Survey analyzed the actual starting salary data of Class of 2012 graduates from about 90 disciplines as reported by approximately 400,000 employers. Also, U.S. News’s The 100 Best Jobs of 2014 ranked civil engineering profession at #18. Thus, the civil engineering program/profession will be very attractive to prospective students because of its excellent career opportunities, outstanding average starting salary, excellent median long-term salary, good job growth projected from 2012 to 2022, and great career fulfillment.

The B.S.C.E. curriculum provides students with a varied and balanced educational experience through an appropriate combination of theoretical concepts and practical applications. It also provides them with an engineering design experience that expands in breadth and depth as they progress through their studies. A stimulating course of study is maintained by offering students a variety of contemporary courses. The engineering laboratory experience is fully integrated with course work. Students work in state-of-the-art laboratories.

The program focuses on three key areas of civil engineering: structural, geotechnical, and environmental engineering. Students will learn to analyze, test, and use soils and construction materials; design, build, operate, and maintain infrastructure and facilities; estimate construction costs; manage projects; and interpret contracts and specifications. They will also learn to survey lands, plan their usage, protect the environment, and utilize energy saving materials and devices. Students will be able to intern or find employment with construction and engineering companies and government agencies.

The program requires the successful completion of 129 credits:

Mathematics and Science Requirements  32 credits
Liberal Arts Requirements   20 credits
Civil Engineering Core Requirements   77 credits
Total  129 credits

The mathematics and science requirements provide students with the needed foundation in these areas while the liberal arts requirements provide them with a well-rounded education and a strong foundation for thoughtful global citizenship. The civil engineering core requirements provide students with the comprehensive knowledge, skills, and training needed for professional success in the field of civil engineering, bridging the mathematics and basic sciences to engineering sciences, design, and applications. Six credits of elective courses in the Civil Core allow students to further focus on one particular area of civil engineering or to undertake co-operative educational experience to obtain practical work experience.

From the Civil Core, students learn construction materials and systems, computer-aided drafting, statics, strength of materials, dynamics, fluid mechanics, soil mechanics, foundations, and other engineering science courses. They also study surveying, water resource engineering, environmental and land-use planning, project management, economics, and transportation engineering. More importantly, students learn fundamental designs in basic courses, and they advance to analyzing and designing of concrete and steel structures in a series of five structure courses. As a culmination of their design experience, senior students are required to successfully design a component, system or a process in the Senior Design Project course, by utilizing their past course work, following professional practice, and exercising sound engineering judgment.

For more information about the Civil Engineering program, please contact

Dr. Marzi Azar
Phone: 201-692-2353
Email: mazar@fdu.edu