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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Major

Civil engineers plan, design, and supervise construction of many essential facilities and structures such as bridges, dams, interstate highways and buildings.

The results of your work as a civil engineer will be seen everywhere.

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

Meet Your Major

As a civil engineering major, you’ll gain the hands-on experience you need to become one of tomorrow’s engineering leaders. You will study:

  • Environmental engineering — Solving hazardous waste and pollution problems, providing potable and economical water supply systems, and maintaining a safe environment.
  • Geotechnical engineering — Examining the bearing capacities of soils, settlement of foundations and the design of both deep and shallow foundations.
  • Structural analysis and design — Providing reliable and economical structures such as bridges, buildings, port facilities and intricate lock-and-dam facilities.
  • Transportation engineering — Orchestrating the movement of people and cargo, designing airports and highways, and completing traffic studies to maintain efficient flows.


Hands-on Learning

Gain real-world experience — and earn money — through our intensive four- or five-year co-op program, where you’re employed in a professional setting. You can also participate in many experiential-education opportunities, such as our senior-design project, community-redesign initiatives and annual steel bridge competition.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the civil engineering program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a career in civil engineering or a related professional field. Positions may include:

  • Building control surveyor
  • Civil engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Engineering geologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Structural engineer
  • Sustainability consultant


What You’ll Take

All civil engineering majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the bachelor of science degree requirements.

Required Courses

Mathematics

MTH 1217(Q)

Calculus I

MTH 1218(Q)

Calculus II

MTH 2219

Calculus III

MTH 2220

Differential Equations

MTH 1505(Q)

Applied Statistics
(MTH 2527 may be substituted)

Basic Sciences  

PHY 2211(Q) 

Physics I 

PHY 2212(Q) 

Physics II 

CHM 1110 

General Chemistry 

Science Elective 

Not physics or chemistry

Engineering Communications

CEN 1001

Introduction to Engineering

Engineering Science

GEN 2010

Mechanics I

GEN 2012

Mechanics II

GEN 3040

Fluid Mechanics

PHY 2213

Thermodynamics

Civil Engineering

CEN 2001

Site Engineering

CEN 3010

Structural Analysis

CEN 3020

Geotechnical Engineering

CEN 3030

Transportation Engineering

CEN 3050

Environmental Engineering

CEN 3090

Professionalism and Ethics

CEN 4901(X)

Design Project

Senior Seminar

CEN 4900

Senior Seminar

Elective Courses


Depth Electives
Select a minimum of 14 credit hours of “depth electives” as shown below. Choose at least one course from each of the four lists. (At least two must be asterisked courses.)

Structural Engineering

CEN 5012

Steel Analysis & Design*

CEN 5016

Concrete Analysis & Design*

Geotechnical Engineering

CEN 5020

Foundation Engineering*

CEN 5022

Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures

Environmental Engineering

CEN 5030

Environmental Design*

CEN 5032

Applied Hydrology

Transportation

CEN 5042

Traffic Engineering

CEN 5040

Geometric Design*

CEN 5044

Trans Planning and System Analysis

CEN 5050

Construction Planning and Management

Technical Electives

Select a minimum of four credit hours, at the advanced level, in a technical area that supports your interest in engineering. (Your course must be approved by your adviser.) Examples include:

MTH 4623

Applied Analysis (leads to math minor)

NOTE: Student must register for and take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, administered by the National Council of Engineering Examiners, in order to graduate. Limited course substitutions are permitted students having sound educational plans which, in the judgment of the department, justify the substitutions.

iTEC

You’re automatically part of the Innovation through Engineering and Computing program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Designed to offer you academic support, iTEC features a peer and faculty mentoring program, specialized seminars, study groups and tutoring sessions. It’s everything you need to succeed in college — and in your career.

More Info

Kathleen Makiver
Academic Program Coordinator
978-837-5464
makiverka@merrimack.edu

 

Joel Kuszmaul
Associate Professor and Chair
978-837-5750
kuszmaulj@merrimack.edu