Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Civil Engineering Major

General information

Our nation’s success has been built on the foundation of our solid infrastructure. Today, thousands of public works projects in the United States are in desperate need of repair and many more new infrastructure developments are necessary to keep our country competitive in the global community. There has never been a greater need for talented civil and environmental engineers to plan, execute, and lead these important projects.

The College of Engineering’s Civil Engineering major educates students to become leaders in this important and in-demand profession. The Civil Engineering major provides students with a broad and well-integrated background in the concepts, theories, and methodologies needed to plan, design, analyze, develop, organize, and manage civil and environmental engineering projects. Students work with state-of-the-art equipment in our new concrete/structures, transportation, environmental/water resources, and soil mechanics laboratories.

The Civil Engineering major focuses on the latest advances in the design, construction, and maintenance of society’s infrastructure – roads, railroads, buildings, airports, seaports, tunnels, dams, bridges, pipelines, water treatment and supply networks, and environmental systems. Students study major areas of civil engineering: structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, and construction engineering. Students also study alternative/renewable energy, sustainable materials, and green building laws.

Civil Engineering students select one of four concentrations starting their junior year. They can select the Civil Engineering concentration, the Environmental Engineering concentration, the Reservoir Engineering concentration, or the Railway Engineering concentration. The first two years of the curriculum are the same for all Civil Engineering students. The selection of courses for the last two years is moderately different depending on the concentration. Note that any concentration leads to a successful career in civil engineering and selection of concentration should be based on personal preference and in consultation of career goals with an academic advisor.

The Western New England University College of Engineering will request accreditation of the Civil Engineering program upon compliance with the criteria for accreditation set forth by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC). The criteria states that “ABET accreditation can be granted only if at least one student has graduated from the designated program.” It is anticipated that the initial accreditation visit of the Civil Engineering program will be held during the September-December time period of 2017. An action to accredit the Civil Engineering program at that time will result in a retroactive accreditation being granted to those students who graduated during the two academic years prior to the on-site accreditation visit.

Career Opportunities

The Civil Engineering concentration provides a solid foundation in major sub-disciplines of civil engineering that leads to employment in both private and public sectors of industry or military. Examples of career opportunities include city/county/state organizations, federal agencies, and small to large private engineering firms. The career outlook for civil engineers is bright as the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an employment growth rate of 20% over the decade of 2012-
2022.

The Environmental Engineering concentration provides a solid foundation in major sub-disciplines of civil engineering with an emphasis on environmental and water resources engineering. This concentration leads to employment in both private and public sectors of industry or military. Examples of career opportunities include state and federal agencies, water or wastewater treatment plants, environmental laboratories, and small to large private engineering firms. The career outlook for environmental engineers is bright as the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an employment growth rate of 15% over the decade of 2012-2022.

The Reservoir Engineering concentration provides a solid foundation in major sub-disciplines of civil engineering with an emphasis on reservoir engineering. This concentration leads to employments in both private and public sectors of industry. Examples of career opportunities include state and federal agencies, private petroleum companies, and small to large private engineering firms. 

The Railway Engineering concentration provides a solid foundation in major sub-disciplines of civil engineering with an emphases on railway engineering. This concentration leads to employment in both private and public sectors of industry. Examples of career opportunities include state and federal agencies, and small to large private engineering firms. 

Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Electives

Electives supplement the engineering student’s technical program. These electives must be selected in such a way that all General Education “perspective of understanding” requirements are covered. In addition, technical, design, and general electives provide the opportunity for specialization within a chosen field. An assigned departmental faculty advisor must approve selection of electives from engineering, mathematics, science, or business.

Vision

The vision of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to be regionally, nationally and internationally recognized in providing civil engineering education, leading to well-qualified engineers who are innovative, immediate contributors to their profession and successful in advanced studies.

Mission

The mission of the Civil Engineering program is to provide students with a supportive environment that facilitates learning to solve problems in civil and environmental engineering. The faculty and staff of the program use their background in teaching, research, and industry to prepare students to be successful as they move into the workforce or graduate school.

Educational Objectives 

Our graduates will:

a. Demonstrate a strong fundamental scientific and technical knowledge base and critical thinking skills.

b. Actively engage in lifelong learning related to the civil engineering profession.

c. Plan, design, analyze, develop, organize and manage civil and environmental engineering projects.

d. Demonstrate expertise in major sub-disciplines of civil engineering: structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental and water resources engineering.

 

Program Outcomes

The outcomes necessary to achieve our program objectives are that our students will have:

1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;

2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constrains such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;

4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;

5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

7. an ability to communicate effectively;

8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;

9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning;

10. a knowledge of contemporary issues;

11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

 

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

ENGL 132English Composition I

3 cr.

ENGR 102First Year Engineering Seminar

1 cr.

ENGR 103Introduction to Engineering

4 cr.

MATH 133Calculus I

4 cr.

PHYS 133Mechanics

4 cr.

PEHR 151Personal Health and Wellness

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 133English Composition II

3 cr.

ENGR 105Computer Programming for Engineers

2 cr.

ENGR 110Data Acquisition and Processing

3 cr.

MATH 134Calculus II

4 cr.

PHYS 134Electricity and Magnetism

4 cr.

PEHR 153-199Lifetime Activity

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

CEE 251Surveying

3 cr.

CEE 253Surveying Laboratory

1 cr.

ME 202Statics

3 cr.

CHEM 105General Chemistry I

4 cr.

MATH 236Differential Equations

3 cr.

SBP XXXSocial/Behavioral Sciences Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

CEE 230Engineering Geology

3 cr.

CEE 240Strength of Civil Engineering Materials

3 cr.

CEE 242Strength of Civil Engineering Laboratory

1 cr.

ME 203Dynamics

3 cr.

CHEM 106General Chemistry II

4 cr.

MATH 235Calculus III

3 cr.

LBC 2XXLearning Beyond the Classroom

No cr.

Total Credit Hours:17