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Undergraduate Studies

Northeastern University's Civil Engineering Program provides a broad-based, fundamental engineering curriculum that offers a rigorous yet flexible education. The goal of the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is to provide students with a solid background for careers and graduate education pertaining to engineering planning, design, and construction management.

What to expect as a graduate of Civil Engineering of Northeastern University:

Our curriculum has been designed accordingly to provide our graduates with important knowledge, skills, and experiences.

  • First, you gain an understanding of the natural and cultural world. A foundation in math and basic science is essential to understanding engineering principles, and makes the Northeastern education one that can keep pace with the advances in this dynamic field. Students learn to appreciate the cultural and political context in which engineering takes place and to understand the social and environmental impacts of engineering projects.
  • Second, you become technically prepared for engineering practice. Our students acquire a common base of knowledge in the engineering sciences, including mechanics and environmental science. You will learn to analyze and design building frames and bridges, water and wastewater treatment systems, highways and traffic systems, hydraulic systems, earth dams, building foundations, and construction management techniques. Our program emphasizes sustainable engineering practices that limit environmental impacts and resource consumption, particularly in urban contexts. Our curriculum is designed to give our students:
    • Proficiency in at least four areas of civil engineering,
    • Design experience in at least two areas of civil engineering, and
    • A culminating design project that requires depth in one area of civil engineering.
  • Third, you develop skills in critical thinking, communication, and modern computing tools. These subjects are integrated into courses throughout the program. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of effective writing and public speaking.
  • Fourth, you develop a personal and professional ethic; that is, an understanding of the profession, its ethical codes, history, contemporary issues, the need for lifelong learning, the value of community service, and the value of participation in democratic government. Coursework, cooperative education, and participation in extracurricular activities such as Engineers Without Borders and the department's award-winning student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers help students meet this goal.

Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies