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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Department of Civil Engineering

John W. Duggan, Ph.D., P.E., Department Chair
Annex South, Room 101C

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

Department Vision and Mission Statement

Civil engineers are entrusted by society to create a sustainable future and enhance the world’s quality of life as planners, designers, constructors, and operators of society’s economic and social engine—the built environment; as stewards of the natural environment and its resources; as innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic sectors; as managers of risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats; and as leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy. 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. Civil engineers have many career opportunities in both the private and public sectors of society depending on their interests.

Degree Programs

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: 136

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)
Courses by semester Credits per Course 
Freshman Fall 16
MATH1750 Engineering Calculus  4
ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below * 4
PHYS1250 Engineering Physics I 4
FYS1000 First Year Seminar 0
ENGR1000 Intro to Engineering 3
ENGR1600 Fundamentals of CAD & CAM or ENGR1800 Intro to MATLAB 1
Spring  16
MATH1850 Engineering Calculus II 4
ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below * 4
PHYS1750 Engineering Physics II 4
ENGR1500 Intro to Engineering Design 3
ENGR1600 Fundamentals of CAD & CAM or ENGR1800 Intro to MATLAB 1
Fall 19
MATH2025 Multivariable Calculus 4
HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * 4
CHEM1100 Engineering Chemistry I 4
CIVE2205 Intro to Geomatics 4
CIVE2000 Statics and Mech Materials I 3
Spring 18
MATH2500 Differential Equations 4
HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * 4
CIVE2400 CE Materials 3
CIVE2500 Statics and Mech II 4
CIVE2300 Civil CAD 3
Fall 19
CIVE3000 Fluid Mechanics 4
CIVE3200 Structural Analysis 4
CIVE3300 Soil Mechanics 4
CIVE3100 Environmental Engineering 4
Elective Civil Engineering or ENGR EPIC 3
COOP 3500  
Summer 15
CIVE3900 Hydraulic Engineering 4
CIVE3700 Highway Engineering 4
HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * 4
Elective Civil Engr or ENGR EPIC 3
Spring 18
HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * 4
CIVE4000 Design Projects 4
Elective Science (Biology or Geology) 4
MGMT3200 Engineering Economy 3
Elective Civil Engr or ENGR EPIC 3
Summer 15
CIVE5500 Civil Capstone 4
HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * 4
MATH2100 Prob and Stats for Engr 4
Elective Civil Engr or ENGR EPIC 3
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 
  • At least 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. 

Of the five 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:

  • CIVE2205, 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.

Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering (MEng in CE)

The MEng in CE program is a part-time/evening program designed for working professionals. The program has two specialty tracks: Construction and Infrastructure/Transportation. The program is administered in Wentworth's College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE).