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The civil engineering curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter this exciting and dynamic profession; pursue advanced studies and become a licensed professional civil engineer.

Society entrusts civil engineers to create a sustainable future and enhance quality of life as planners, designers, constructors, and operators of one of society’s key economic and social engines—the built environment. 

  • Building the World of the Future

    Wentworth Civil Engineering students work extensively in our state-of-the-art lab spaces to build the skills they'll need to make an impact on society. A hands-on learning experience allows you to envision solutions to real challenges facing the world. Civil Engineers serve as stewards of the natural environment and its resources, as innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across public and private sectors and as leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy. 

    Choose Your Civil Engineering Pathway

    Wentworth's Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program prepares students to enter this dynamic profession, pursue advanced studies, and become a licensed professional. The curriculum allows you to specialize your individual studies in geotechnical, structural, environmental, or infrastructure. 

    This program prepares students for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and the professional licensed engineer (PE) exam. 

    Co-op Experience with Top Employers 

    Through Wentworth’s strong network of employers, including many alumni, Civil Engineering students obtain professional experience during their two required cooperative work semesters. Partners hiring our co-op students include AECOM, Bond Brothers, Boston Water & Sewer Commission, Gilbane Building Co., Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Skanska USA and Weston & Sampson Engineers.

  • The Wentworth Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

    For program objectives, outcomes and enrollment and degree data, please visit the Civil Engineering Accreditation Information page.

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  • The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program offers a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students to enter this dynamic profession, pursue advanced studies, and become a licensed professional civil engineer in any of several sub-disciplines, including structural, environmental, transportation, or civil engineering.

    View the Course Catalog below for information about program requirements. For an overview of the year-by-year experience in the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program, see "What You'll Learn" below.

    Total credits for degree: 128

    Plan of Study Grid
    Freshman Year
    Fall SemesterCredits
    ENGR1100 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE 2
    ENGR1203 ENGINEERING LABORATORY-BSCE 2
    CHEM1100 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4
    MATH1750 ENGINEERING CALCULUS I 4
    English Sequence* 4
     Credits16
    Spring Semester
    ENGR1300 FIRST-YEAR ENGINEERING DESIGN 2
    ENGR1403 APPLIED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS-BSCE 2
    MATH1850 ENGINEERING CALCULUS II 4
    PHYS1250 ENGINEERING PHYSICS I 4
    English Sequence* 4
     Credits16
    Sophomore Year
    Fall Semester
    CIVE2000 STATICS & MECHANICS MATERIALS I 3
    CIVE2205 INTRODUCTION TO GEOMATICS 4
    CHEM1600 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 4
    MATH2025 MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS 4
     Credits15
    Spring Semester
    CIVE2300 CAD IN CIVIL ENGINEERING 3
    CIVE2400 CIVIL ENGINEERING MATERIALS 3
    CIVE2500 STATICS & MECHANICS MATERIALS II 4
    MATH2500 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 4
    MGMT3200 ENGINEERING ECONOMY 3
     Credits17
    Summer Semester
    COOP3000 PRE CO-OP WORK TERM (OPTIONAL) 1
     Credits1
    Junior Year
    Fall Semester
    CIVE3000 FLUID MECHANICS 4
    CIVE3100 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING 4
    CIVE3200 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS 4
    CIVE3300 SOIL MECHANICS 4
    Civil Engineering Elective 3
     Credits19
    Spring Semester
    COOP3500 COOP EDUCATION 1
     Credits0
    Summer Semester
    CIVE3700 HIGHWAY ENGINEERING 4
    CIVE3900 HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING 4
    Civil Engineering Elective 3
    HSS Elective* 4
     Credits15
    Senior Year
    Fall Semester
    COOP4500 COOP EDUCATION 2
     Credits0
    Spring Semester
    CIVE4000 CIVIL ENGINEERING DESIGN PROJECTS 4
    Science (Biology or Geology) Elective 4
    Civil Engineering Elective 3
    HSS Elective* 4
     Credits15
    Summer Semester
    CIVE5500 CIVIL ENGINEERING CAPSTONE DESIGN 4
    MATH2100 PROBABILITY & STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS 4
    Civil Engineering Elective 3
    HSS Elective* 4
     Credits15
     Total Credits129

    ENGL/HSS Note

    Students are required to complete:

    • At least one course in Humanities: CSAS, HSSI, HIST, HUMN, LITR and PHIL
    • At least one course in the Social Sciences: CSAS, HSSI, COMM, ECON, ENVM, POLS, PSYC and SOCL
    • The remaining course from either the Humanities or Social Sciences category. 

    Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.

    A minimum of 20 credits total, including English, humanities, and social science credit, is required to complete the humanities and social sciences graduation requirement.

    Math Placement may alter the course schedule above. 

    Civil Engineering Electives

    Course Title Credits
    CIVE3250GIS APPLICATIONS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING3
    CIVE3350GREEN ENGINEERING3
    CIVE3450LEGAL ASPECTS OF BOUNDARY SURVEYING3
    CIVE4100WATER RESOURCES AND HYDROLOGY3
    CIVE4200GEOLOGY FOR CIVIL ENGINEERS3
    CIVE4225ENVIRONMENTAL UNIT OPERATIONS3
    CIVE4250STRUCTURAL STEEL DESIGN3
    CIVE4300FOUNDATION ENGINEERING3
    CIVE4350REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN3
    CIVE4375WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT3

    To meet the 12 Civil Engineering elective requirements, a student may take a combination of Civil Engineering electives,  Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering courses with School approval.  Civil Engineering electives may be substituted with an  engineering course from another program, an approved engineering course transferred from an accredited engineering program or other relevant coursework with School approval.

What You'll Learn

  • Year 1

    You’ll establish a foundation for your Civil Engineering program by taking introductory courses in physics and calculus, along with Introduction to Engineering, which will instill core engineering concepts that you’ll use throughout the program. You’ll also dive into engineering courses that utilize essential tools like CAD.

  • Year 2

    Second-year students begin to tackle civil engineering concepts with courses that study materials and surveying. You’ll also establish a firm understanding of chemistry and math.

  • Year 3

    In the fall and summer semesters of your third year, you’ll continue to bolster your civil engineering knowledge with courses that focus on Structural Analysis, Fluid Mechanics, Soil Mechanics, and Highway Engineering. You’ll also be able to supplement your core program courses with electives in your desired area of study.

    In the spring, you’ll begin the first of two required co-ops.

  • Year 4

    In the fall, you’ll go on your second required co-op to gain more hands-on industry experience.

    The remainder of your program allows for some flexibility in your area of study via electives, as well as your senior capstone project.

High-Value and Rewarding Degree

Civil Engineer Salary
$87K

Civil engineer's 2019 median pay in U.S. (source: U.S. Bureau of Labor)

Civil Engineering Labs
5

Aggregate, Concrete, Geotechnical, Hydraulics, Wastewater

Civil Engineering - Best Engineering Job
#1

As ranked in 2022 by U.S. New & World Reports for best engineering jobs.

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