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2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering (BSCE)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Mission

The mission of the Civil Engineering (BSCE) program is to provide a high quality undergraduate education that prepares graduates with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to successfully begin a career in the civil engineering profession and continue to grow professionally and personally throughout their career.

Educational Objectives

After graduation, civil engineering graduates should demonstrate the following abilities:

  1. Lifelong Learning—to pursue professional development by obtaining professional licensure, certifications or by post - graduate study as appropriate to meet and adapt to emerging and evolving technology and infrastructure challenges.
  2. Successful Careers—to have a successful career in the field of civil engineering or a related field.
  3. Professionalism—to contribute to the field of civil engineering or a related field as a professional

Educational Outcomes

Graduates should demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data from living and non - living systems.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

In addition to the above educational outcomes, the educational experience (classroom, lab, and extra curricula activities) of the students addresses the baccalaureate degree outcomes described by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in their report “Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century: Preparing the Civil Engineer for the Future” (Second Edition, 2008). This report is based on a broad based and continuing dialogue by the civil engineering profession that has been facilitated and lead by ASCE. The dialogue recognizes the need for change in the preparation of civil engineers for professional practice and is decades old. It reached a tipping point for ASCE in 1998 when the ASCE Board of Trustees approved Policy Statement 465: “Academic Prerequisites for Licensure and Professional Practice”. The future of the civil engineering profession is also described in ASCE’s Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025. These documents are available at

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 134

This is a four - year program starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Civil Engineering (BSCE)

Freshman Fall – 16 credits

  • MATH1750 Engineering Calculus – 4 credits
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below * - 4 credits
  • PHYS1250 Engineering Physics I – 4 credits
  • FYS1000 First Year Seminar - 0 credits
  • ENGR1000 Intro to Engineering - 3 credits
  • ENGR1600 Fundamentals of CAD & CAM or ENGR1800 Intro to MATLAB - 1 credit

Freshman Spring - 16 credits

  • MATH1850 Engineering Calculus II - 4 credits
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below * - 4 credits
  • PHYS1750 Engineering Physics II - 4 credits
  • ENGR1500 Intro to Engineering Design - 3 credits
  • ENGR1600 Fundamentals of CAD & CAM or ENGR1800 Intro to MATLAB - 1 credits

Sophomore Fall - 18 credits

  • MATH2025 Multivariable Calculus - 4 credits
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * - 4 credits
  • CHEM1100 Engineering Chemistry I - 4 credits
  • CIVE2200 Intro to Geomatics - 3 credits
  • CIVE2000 Statics and Mech Materials I - 3 credits

Sophomore Spring - 18 credits

  • MATH2500 Differential Equations - 4 credits
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * - 4 credits
  • CIVE2400 CE Materials - 3 credits
  • CIVE2500 Statics and Mech II - 4 credits
  • CIVE2300 Civil CAD - 3 credits

Junior Fall - 19 credits

  • CIVE3000 Fluid Mechanics - 4 credits
  • CIVE3200 Structural Analysis - 4 credits
  • CIVE3300 Soil Mechanics - 4 credits
  • CIVE3100 Environmental Engineering - 4 credits
  • Elective Civil Engineering or ENGR EPIC - 3 credits

Junior Spring -

  • COOP 3500

Junior Summer - 15 credits

  • CIVE3900 Hydraulic Engineering - 4 credits
  • CIVE3700 Highway Engineering - 4 credits
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * - 4 credits
  • Elective Civil Engr or ENGR EPIC - 3 credits

Senior Fall

  • COOP4500

Senior Spring - 18 credits

  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * - 4 credits
  • CIVE4000 Design Projects - 4 credits
  • Elective Science - 4 credits
  • MGMT3200 Engineering Economy - 3 credits
  • Elective Civil Engr or ENGR EPIC - 3 credits

Senior Summer - 15 credits

  • CIVE5500 Civil Capstone - 4 credits
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * - 4 credits
  • MATH2100 Prob and Stats for Engr - 4 credits
  • Elective Civil Engr or ENGR EPIC - 3 credits

Civil Engineering Electives:

  • CIVE4400 Municipal Planning
  • CIVE4375 Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • CIVE4100 Water Resources and Hydrology
  • CIVE4300 Foundation Engineering
  • CIVE4350 Reinforced Concrete Design
  • CIVE4250 Structural Steel Design

To meet the 12 CE elective requirements, a student may take a combination of Civil Engineering electives, Wentworth Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering. courses and EPIC courses. With approval from the chair of Civil Engineering and Technology, Civil Engineering electives may be substituted for with a Wentworth engineering course from another program, another engineering course from an engineering program other than Wentworth or other relevant coursework.


Day program students are required to complete at least:

  • One course in Humanities
  • One course in the Social Sciences
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category 

Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement. For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog.

Of the five listed humanities and social science electives, BSCE students must include the following HSS Directed Electives:

  • Principles of Economics, ECON4102
  • Boston Voyages, HUMN4355


The minor in civil engineering encompasses three objectives:

  • Provide a meaningful experience in civil engineering, including advanced undergraduate courses, to students outside of the civil engineering major
  • Allow students in other majors to explore and analyze topics in the built environment that civil engineering encompasses
  • Enhance the learning experience of all students, including civil engineering majors, by having students from multiple majors in civil engineering courses, facilitating the interdisciplinary project work.

To complete the minor students must take five civil engineering courses. Students must complete all pre - requisites (or be registered for any co - requisites) required for the courses. Available courses include but are not limited to:

  • CIVE2200, Intro to Geomatics
  • CIVE2400, Civil Engineering Materials
  • CIVE3000, Fluid Mechanics
  • CIVE4100, Water Resources and Hydrology
  • CIVE3100, Environmental Engineering
  • CIVE4150, Land Use Planning
  • CIVE4200, Geology for Civil Engineers
  • CIVE4350, Reinforced Concrete Design
  • CIVE4400, Municipal Planning
  • ENGR1500, Introduction to Engineering Design

Total credits for minor 15 (minimum)

Other courses from the civil engineering program may be used to complete minor requirements with approval from the civil engineering and technology department.