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.
Students begin their education by acquiring a common base of knowledge in engineering science that includes fundamental sciences and mathematics, structural mechanics, fluid mechanics, and environmental science. In the more advanced courses, students learn to design and analyze structures, building foundations, highways and other transit networks, hydraulic systems, water and wastewater treatment systems, and 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 four civil engineering sub-disciplines, including environmental engineering, geotechnical/geoenvironmental, structural engineering, 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.
The department also offers B.S./M.S. degrees in which Northeastern undergraduate students may achieve an M.S. degree with one additional semester of study.
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.
For more information on the Civil Engineering Curriculum please see our Undergraduate Curriculum Outline as well as the Undergraduate Course Descriptions. For more information on the Undergraduate Program, please see the College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs or contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies. For more information on co-op, please contact the co-op coordinator.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
The Bachelor of Science Program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.