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The Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil engineering (B.S.C.E.) degree program that 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

They also hold other job titles, including

  • project engineers,
  • project managers,
  • job superintendents,
  • contractors,
  • estimators,
  • 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 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.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the B.S.C.E. program define the career and professional accomplishments that the graduates are being prepared to achieve three to four years after graduation. The B.S.C.E. program will produce graduates who:

  • Enter into and advance in the profession of civil engineering, particularly in the areas of structural, geotechnical, or environmental engineering.
  • Continue their formal education and obtain advanced degrees in civil engineering or other related fields.
  • Become responsible professionals and global citizens who are aware of ethical issues and societal needs and problems.

These objectives are consistent with the mission of Fairleigh Dickinson University to educate and prepare students as world citizens through global education. They also fulfill the needs of the program constituencies, which include students, alumni, employers, faculty, and Industrial Advisory Board.

Student Outcomes

The B.S.C.E. program has adopted the Student Outcomes of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET as its own learning outcomes, which define the attributes, skills, and knowledge that the graduates are expected to possess upon or before graduation. Each civil engineering graduate will demonstrate the following attributes and achievements as required by the EAC of ABET upon or before graduation:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an 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
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an 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
  • an 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
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The B.S.C.E. program plans to apply for an accreditation review from the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET upon the degree completion of its first graduating class.

Degree Plan

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

Semester 1 (15 credits)

Semester 2 (17 credits)

Semester 3 (16 credits)

Semester 4 (18 credits)

Semester 5 (15 credits)

Semester 6 (18 credits)

Semester 7 (15 credits)

  • CENG3256 Steel Structures
  • ENGR4210 Managerial & Engineering Economic Analysis
  • ENGR4263 Project Management in Engineering and Technology
  • Technical Elective
  • UNIV2002 Global Issues

Semester 8 (15 credits)

  • CENG3260 Environmental Engineering
  • CENG3270 Environmental & Land Use Planning
  • CENG4272 Advanced Steel Design
  • CENG4385 Senior Design Project
  • Technical Elective

Technical Electives: The student must take 6 credits of technical electives, to be chosen from the following list:

Other technical electives may be taken with prior approval from a program advisor.

Special Information

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.


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