As a Civil Engineering student at Northeastern University, students begin their education by acquiring a common base of knowledge in engineering science and then learn to design and analyze related civil and environmental engineering solutions. Students have a range of technical electives either to gain a broad base of courses in civil and environmental engineering or to concentrate in one of five civil engineering technical areas, including construction management, environmental engineering, geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering, structural engineering, and/or transportation engineering. General electives are available to complement their engineering knowledge with valuable courses in the arts, languages, social sciences, public health, business, broader engineering and computer science disciplines, and related fields.

The Civil Engineering curriculum culminates in a major semester-long capstone design project in the senior year. In this project, students are asked to apply their knowledge and experience to a real-world design problem and develop feasible solutions.

Cooperative education (co-op) forms a fundamental component of the degree program for most Northeastern University students. Typical co-op experiences last six months, and both a five-year three-co-op and four-year two-co-op options are available.

An advising team works with each student each semester to ensure that he or she makes the best decisions for their academic program and future career success.

Do you want to focus on one or more Areas of Interest?

Based on your area(s) of interest, you can use the guides below to choose suggested courses that would satisfy the technical, science, and general electives needed to complete your curriculum requirements.



* Updates to the Civil Engineering BS Curriculum (2015-2016)

  • GE 3300 as substitute for Physics 2
    GE 3300 Introduction to Energy Systems & Sustainability will be accepted as a substitute for Physics 2 (PHY 1155, 1156, and 1157). This is a policy that applies to all BS CivE students; advisor approval is not needed.
  • Technical Elective List Expanded
    The list of courses acceptable as technical electives has been expanded. The updated list can be found in the official catalog. Note that:
    • The expanded list includes all 4-credit courses in SBSY (Sustainable Building Systems)
    • The expanded list includes CIVE 5699 Special Topics in Civil Engineering. This course number is used for multiple sections, including sections in Fall 2015 on Prestressed Concrete, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, and Organic Pollutants in the Environment.
    • The expanded list includes all CIVE 4-credit graduate courses that use classroom format (as opposed to independent study), with the exception of CIVE 5270 Environmental Protection and Management
    • Non-classroom courses (e.g., independent study) may be acceptable with approval from the Undergraduate Program Director, Prof. Peter Furth
    • Courses that are repetitive are never acceptable. Therefore, you cannot get credit for both undergraduate Construction Management and graduate Construction Management.
  • Science Elective List


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The Bachelor of Science Program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,