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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 the industry as civil engineers, typically specializing in:

  • Construction
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural
  • Transportation

Job Titles

  • Project engineers
  • Project managers
  • Job superintendents
  • Contractors
  • Estimators
  • Schedulers
  • Examiners
  • 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 coursework. Students work in state-of-the-art laboratories.

The program focuses on three key areas of civil engineering:

  • Structural
  • Geotechnical
  • 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.

Professional Accreditation

The B.S. in Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Educational Objectives

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

  1. Enter into and advance in the profession of civil engineering, particularly in the areas of structural, geotechnical, or environmental engineering.
  2. Continue their formal education and obtain advanced degrees in civil engineering or other related fields.
  3. 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 the Industrial Advisory Board.

Student Outcomes

The B.S. in Civil Engineering program has adopted the student outcomes of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET as its own student 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:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. 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.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Cooperative Education Option

Students in the B.S. in Civil Engineering program have the option to undertake a cooperative education experience and earn a total of 6 academic credits toward their technical electives. Note that these credits may not be substituted for any required coursework. The co-op experience provides students a real-world grounding, linking theory and practice, academic and industrial experiences, and college education and lifelong learning. It better prepares students for jobs, gives them a competitive edge in the job market, helps them develop networking skills and professional contacts, and allows them to experience career fields before graduation. Industry benefits from better-prepared graduates with real and relevant work experience – saving time and money by reducing the training period for new employees.

Degree Plan

The program requires the successful completion of 129 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00. The credit distribution is as follows:

  • Mathematics and Science Requirements (32 credits)
  • Liberal Arts Requirements (20 credits)
  • Civil Engineering Core Requirements (77 credits)

Semester 1 (15 credits)

  • ENGR1301 Engineering Practices, Graphics and Design (3 credits)
  • MATH1201 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • PHYS2201 Physics Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • PHYS2203 University Physics I Lecture (3 credits)
  • UNIV1001 Transitioning to University Life (1 credit)
  • WRIT1002 Composition I: Rhetoric and Inquiry (3 credits)

Semester 2 (17 credits)

  • ENGR1223 Introduction to CAD (2 credits)
  • ENGR3000 Modern Technologies: Principles, Applications and Impacts (3 credits)
  • MATH2202 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • PHYS2202 Physics Laboratory II (1 credit)
  • PHYS2204 University Physics II Lecture (3 credits)
  • UNIV1002 Preparing for Professional Life (1 credit)
  • WRIT1003 Composition II: Research and Argument (3 credits)

Semester 3 (16 credits)

  • CENG1205 Surveying I (3 credits)
  • CENG1245 Construction Materials and Systems (3 credits)
  • CHEM1201 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHEM1203 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • ENGR2221 Statics (3 credits)
  • MATH2210 Differential Equations (3 credits)

Semester 4 (18 credits)

  • ENGR1204 Programming Languages in Engineering (3 credits)
  • ENGR2210 Technical Communications (3 credits)
  • ENGR2228 Strength of Materials (3 credits)
  • ENGR3431 Dynamics (3 credits)
  • MATH3220 Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • UNIV2001 Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)

Semester 5 (15 credits)

Semester 6 (18 credits)

  • CENG4242 Foundations (3 credits) 
  • CENG4276 Advanced Concrete Design (3 credits)
  • CENG4320 Transportation Engineering (3 credits)
  • ENGR3351 Applied Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  • ENGR4221 Engineering Statistics and Reliability (3 credits)
  • Science Elective (3 credits)

Semester 7 (15 credits)

  • CENG3256 Steel Structures (3 credits)
  • ENGR4210 Managerial and Engineering Economic Analysis (3 credits)
  • ENGR4263 Project Management in Engineering and Technology (3 credits)
  • UNIV2002 Global Issues (3 credits)
  • Technical Elective (3 credits)

Semester 8 (15 credits)

  • CENG3260 Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  • CENG3270 Environmental and Land Use Planning (3 credits)
  • CENG4272 Advanced Steel Design (3 credits)
  • CENG4385 Senior Design Project (3 credits)
  • Technical Elective (3 credits)

Science Elective (3 credits)

The student must take 3 credits of lab science electives, to be chosen from the following list:

  • BIOL1001, BIOL1011 Principles of Modern Biology (Lecture (3 credits); Laboratory (0))
  • BIOL1105, BIOL1115 The Human Environment (Lecture (3 credits); Laboratory (0))
  • ENVR1001, ENVR1002 Introduction to Environmental Science (Lecture (3 credits); Laboratory (0))
  • ENVR1101, ENVR1102 Physical Geology (Lecture (3 credits); Laboratory (0))

Science electives other than chemistry and physics may be taken with prior approval from a program adviser.

Technical Electives (6 credits)

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

  • CENG1206 Surveying II (3 credits)
  • CENG3261 Estimating I (3 credits)
  • CENG4260 Contracts and Specifications (3 credits)
  • CENG4321 Bridge Design (3 credits)
  • EENG2221 Signals and Systems I (4 credits)
  • ENGR3211 Engineering Materials I (3 credits)
  • ENGR4001, ENGR4002 FE/EIT Exam Preparation I (2 credits) and II (1 credit)
  • MENG4040 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (3 credits)
  • MENG4356 Stress and Vibration Analyses (3 credits)

Other technical electives may be taken with prior approval from a program adviser. In addition, students may undertake a cooperative education experience and earn a total of 6 academic credits toward their technical electives.

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.

Program Enrollment and Degree Data

The official fall term enrollments of the B.S. in Civil Engineering program for the last five academic years and the number of degrees conferred during each of those years.

The official fall term enrollments of the B.S. in Civil Engineering program for the last five academic years and the number of degrees conferred during each of those years.


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EAC Accreditation
Contact Information
Fares Jnaid, Ph.D., P.E., Program Coordinator

Course Descriptions

  • BIOL1001 Basic principles of biology using evolution as the unifying theme of a study of biologically impor- tant chemicals, the structure and functions of cells and organisms and the diverse forms of plants and animals. The interactions of individu- als and populations are examined so as to better understand humanity's impact on the environment. For nonbiology majors.

  • BIOL1011 Lab associated with BIOL 1001 - Principles of Modern Biology

  • BIOL1105 Includes interaction with the biological, chemical and physical topics, population growth, technological change, resource availability and pollution problems.

  • BIOL1115 Experiments illustrating the topics discussed in BIOL 1105 The Human Environment.

  • CENG1205 The first of a two-course sequence in surveying as applied to the construction industry. Such areas as layout and control of buildings and roads,earthwork measurements, horizontal and vertical curves, superelevation on curves, computer applications to surveying and electronic measurements will be studied.

  • CENG1206 The second of a two-course sequence in surveying as applied to the construction industry. Such areas as layout and control of buildings and roads, earthwork measurements, horizontal and vertical curves, superelevation on curves, computer applications to surveying and electronic measurements will be studied.

  • CENG1245 An introduction to the methods,equipment and personnel employed in constructing buildings and subsystems of buildings such as foundations, walls, floors and roofs. The types and physical properties of construction materials

  • CENG3250 Classical analysis methods of determinate and indeterminate structures. Deflection calculation of beams and trusses, work-energy methods,influence line concept for moving loads.

  • CENG3256 The application of the principles of statics and strength of materials in the design and analysis of structural steel beams, columns, trusses and frames, connections and base plates, all in accordance with current AISC specifications.

  • CENG3257 The analysis and design of reinforced concrete beams,girders,slabs and columns, all in accordance with current ACI code and standards.

  • CENG3260 Water and water resources management in natural and urban areas. Design and management of facilities for water supply and wastewater treatment, development of watersheds, hydrographs, flow routing, stormwater quality and quantity control, and other topics related to water resources. Utilization of water resources simulating models and tools, including Arc-GIS, HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS.

  • CENG3261 The development of a procedure (including check and balance) for preparing a quantity survey of materials,labor and equipment for both general and specialty contractors.

  • CENG3270 Environmental laws and pollution, environmental-impact analysis, land-usage laws and economics will be covered.

  • CENG4241 The mechanics of soil and rock masses as applied to construction with emphasis on footing and pile foundations, retaining walls, bulkheads, fills, embarkments and the control of landslides. Identification, classification and testing of the physical properties of soils.

  • CENG4242 Design of concrete and reinforced concrete footings and foundations and retaining walls. Bearing, friction and combined pile, pile caps and sheet piling.

  • CENG4260 A study of codes and specifications required in engineering contracts. General contracts, sub-contracts, constructions management contracts. Contract Law.

  • CENG4272 Design of a complete structural steel frame building including beams, floors, columns and connections; preparing design notes, structural drawings and shop drawings in accordance with codes, industry standards and AISC. LRFD method used.

  • CENG4276 Design of a complete reinforced concrete building including beams, girders, slabs, columns and footings; preparing set of design notes, structural drawings and shop drawings. All in accordance with codes, industry standards and ACI.

  • CENG4320 Highway and urban transportation systems. Organizations and associations. Planning,Driver,vehicle,traffic and road alignment, sight distances. Intersection and interchange design. Drainage details. Earthwork: calculations of volumes. Materials for roads and surfaces, bearing qualities. Computer Applications. Term and laboratory projects assigned.

  • CENG4321 Loads. Maximum moments and shear in simple and continuous spans. Steel Bridges:floor systems, concrete and steel floors. Beam and plate-girder bridges. Truss, concrete and prestressed concrete bridges. Railing design. Railroad bridges. Steel-plate-deck bridges,economic considerations, Box girders. Computer Applications. Term project assigned.

  • CENG4385 Students work on capstone design projects using the knowledge gained through past course work, following professional practice, applying design methodologies and excercising sound engineering judgment.

  • CHEM1201 The fundamental laws, theories and principles of chemistry, with emphasis on atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic classification of the elements, solutions, equilibrium, reaction kinetics and the theory and practice of the qualitative chemistry of the common ions.

  • CHEM1203 Practical applications of the fundamental laws, theories and principles of chemistry through problem solving and laboratory experiments.

  • EENG2221 Circuit elements and laws. D.C. circuits. Analysis methods. Network theorems. Operational amplifiers. Energy storage elements. Step response. Integrated laboratory experience.

  • ENGR1204 Programming languages including C and Matlab applied to engineering problem solving.

  • ENGR1223 Introduction to the practical use of computer hardware and software for drafting applications.

  • ENGR1301 Analytical techniques: equations, graphics, statistics. Introduction to computer-aided analysis software. Engineering applications. Introduction to design. Fundamentals of graphics as applied to sketching and drafting. Professionalism and ethics. Integrated laboratory experience.

  • ENGR2210 Overview of the writing, editing, research, and design principles of technical and professional communication. Students will learn how to gather, organize, and present information effectively. Course includes business and technical documentation, including on-line tools; oral reports and public speaking; teamwork and participation in group meetings; use of visuals to communicate material; professional, ethical, and social responsibilities; and research techniques using the library and the Internet. Prerequiste: ENWR 1101 - Academic Writing

  • ENGR2221 Statics of particles and rigid bodies, equivalent force systems, equilibrium of rigid bodies, centroids and center of gravity, analysis of trusses and frames, forces in beams and machine parts, friction and moments of inertia.

  • ENGR2228 Shear, moments, stresses, bending, torsional shear, moment and shear diagrams, deflections, stress strain, bolted and welded joints, combined loading and column.

  • ENGR3000 This course provides a systematic introduction to modern technologies, their history, evolutionary development, principles, and applications. The influences and impacts of technology on the economy, politics, culture, environment, society and the world are investigated. Attention is given to the relationships and connections of technology to other fields. Students learn the basic principles underlying the technologies, how to apply and manage technologies and assess their impacts. Critically thinking and problem solving skills used in research, design, development, invention, and innovation are emphasized. The laboratory experiences help the students develop the experimental research, creative and design skills.

  • ENGR3211 The first of a two-course sequence covering properties of metals and alloys, semiconductors, ceramics, glasses and polymers. Crystal structure, structural defects, alloying and phase diagrams.

  • ENGR3351 Introduction to the basic concepts of thermodynamics. Zeroth Law, Work and Heat, First Law, Second Law, Carnot theorem and entropy. Applications of gas and steam cycles to open-and closed-loop systems, such as gasoline and diesel engines and steam turbines. Principles of refrigeration and air conditioning.

  • ENGR3431 Kinematics, kinetics, linear, angular, plane motion. Work, energy, power, impulse and momentum.

  • ENGR4001 First part of a two-course sequence that helps prepare students for the FE/EIT (Fundamentals of Engineering, Engineer in Training) Exam. This course serves as a review class and may include new material not previously covered in the first three years of students' curricula.

  • ENGR4002 Second part of a two-course sequence that helps prepare students for the FE/EIT (Fundamentals of Engineering, Engineer in Training) Exam. This course serves as a review class and may include new material not previously covered in the first three years of students' curricula.

  • ENGR4210 Concepts and techniques to evaluate the worth of technical systems, products and services in relation to their cost. Time value of money, cash flow equivalence, economic decision making alternative courses of action, depreciation and taxes, replace- ment and break-even analysis. Prerequisites: Math 2202 Calculus II or permission of instructor

  • ENGR4221 Statistics, regression, probability. Normal distribution. Poisson distributions and reliability as applied to engineering decisions, performance and quality control. Prerequisites: EGTG 2202 Applied Calculus II, MATH 2202 Calculus II, or permission of instructor

  • ENGR4254 Applied Fluid mechanics, applications of hydraulic and pneumatic control amplification and power circuits. Introduction to fluidics.

  • ENGR4263 This course covers the basic concepts, models, and applications for successful management of projects in engineering and technology. This will include rationale for project management, project management process, project selection strategy, organizational concepts, project planning, scheduling and resource allocation, cost estimating, project monitoring, evaluation, and control, project earned value management, and project termination. Emphasis will be on teamwork and student project presentation.

  • ENVR1001 An introduction to aspects of biology, chemistry, geology and physics that impact on the environment. The overall themes are water and its involvement in each of the sciences and natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and hurricanes. A laboratory science elective for nonscience majors.

  • ENVR1002 Laboratory to accompany ENVR 1001

  • ENVR1101 The structure and composition of the earth and the natural procresses on and within it. Fall, Spring

  • ENVR1102 Lab associated with ENVR 1101 - Physical Geology.

  • MATH1201 Slope, equations of lines, slope of a curve, rate of change of a function, derivatives of algebraic and transcendental functions, maxima and minima, the Mean Value Theorem, indeterminate forms,the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, basic techniques of integration.

  • MATH2202 Differentiation and integration of transcendental functions, methods of integration, indeterminate forms, infinite series. Taylor series. Conic sections.

  • MATH2203 Lines and planes in 3-space. Vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, line integrals, vector analysis.

  • MATH2210 First order linear differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, variation of parameters, undetermined coefficients, Laplace transforms, solutions in terms of power series, numerical solutions with predictor- corrector and Runge-Kutta methods.

  • MATH3220 Vector spaces and linear transformations; systems of linear equations, bases, matrix representations of linear transforma- tions, matrix algebra, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, determin- ants, canonical forms, inner product spaces.

  • MENG4040 An introduction to some of the essential knowledge required to enter the field of HVAC&R engineering. Topics include: physical principles, heating loads, hydronic piping systems and terminal units, cooling-load calculations, psychometrics, fluid flow in piping and ducts and air distribution devices, air conditioning systems and equipment, refrigeration systems and equipment.

  • MENG4356 The differential equations of stress and strain, shear flow, virtual flow, energy principles,curved beams, noncircular bars. Computer-oriented problem solving. Analysis of motion arising from lateral and torsional vibration of systems,free and forced vibrations,damping,isolation,balancing.

  • PHYS2201 Applications of PHYS2101 General Physics I. Experiments from mechanics, heat, sound and fluids. Measurement and data analysis.

  • PHYS2202 Applications of PHYS2102 General Physics II. Experiments from electricity, magnetism, circuits, waves, optics, light, modern physics. Measurement and data analysis.

  • PHYS2203 The first half of a two-semester calculus based physics course for science and engineering majors. Topics normally covered include: units and dimensions, forces and motion in one and two dimensions, vectors, momentum and center of mass, work, kinetic energy and the work-energy theorem, potential energy and the conservation of energy, rotation and moment of inertia, torque and angular momentum, gravitation, oscillations, elasticity, fluids, heat, kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics. Co-requisite: Physics Laboratory I and Calculus I. Lecture: 3 credits, 4 hours.

  • PHYS2204 The second half of a two-semester, calculus based physics course. Topics normally covered include: waves and sound, geometrical and physical optics, electrical forces and fields, electric potential, current and resistance, circuits, capacitance, magnetic forces and fields, force on a moving charge, magnetic field of a current, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic oscillations and waves, alternating currents, special relativity, quantization and modern physics. Prerequisite: University Physics I Corequisite: Physics Laboratory II Recommended: Calculus II. Lecture 3 credits, 4 hours.

  • UNIV1001 The first course in the University Core program provides support for the transition to university life. Students are introduced to the global mission of the University as well as to the competencies of information and technological literacy. Students participate in formal and informal learning experiences that facilitate their personal and academic growth, enabling them to become more thoughtful and engaged citizens of the world. Respect for individual and cultural differences is fostered throughout the course, as is the generation of positive attitudes toward life long learning.

  • UNIV1002 The second course in the University Core program helps promote the transition from classroom learning to experiential learning, as well as the transition from academic life to professional life. Students are introduced to methods of self-awareness and engaged learning, and are encouraged to develop an academic plan, with formal and informal components, that supports their ultimate career goals. Respect for individual and cultural differences is fostered throughout the course, as is the importance of an international perspective for professional success.

  • UNIV2001 In the third course in the University Core program, students learn to describe and analyze cultural phenomena in their own lives, to grapple with cultural differences and to understand cultural conflicts. Through a study of samples across a variety of cultures, students examine the fluidity and multiplicity of cultural identities and borders. Ways in which cultures changes, how cultures shape and are shaped by individuals, how misunderstands and conflicts arise within and between cultures, and how those differences evolve are central to the course. Critical thinking skills are a developed and brought to bear on these topics.

  • UNIV2002 In the fourth course in the University Core program, students develop essential aspects of critical thinking and apply those skills in evaluating international systems, environmental issues, and human rights questions. Not only will this course demonstrate the global dimensions of crucial contemporary issues, it will also develop the relational thinking that students will be expected to exercise in other academic contexts and throughout the rest of their personal and professional lives. In other words, this course is as much about how to study and think about global problems and relationships as it is a course about specific global issues.

  • WRIT1002 This course provides students with intensive study and practice in process-oriented writing, critical reading, and rhetorical inquiry. Students engage expository texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and then apply that knowledge to their own compositions. Throughout the course, students give and receive feedback, revise their work, and reflect on their growth as writers.

  • WRIT1003 This course focuses on the study and practice of writing as research-based argument. As a means of arriving at the writing from committed stances, students learn to seek out, engage, and interrogate a variety of sources. Students write in academic, professional, and/or public forms, including academic essays and rhetorical analyses. Particular emphasis is placed on information literacy, source integration, and appropriate documentation.