Effective Fall 2020

This curriculum is designed to equip graduates to face the challenge of modern engineering practice. The major emphasizes applications-based engineering studies involving the planning, analysis, and design of civil engineering/surveying projects. Modern approaches to the planning, analysis, and design of highways, structures, hydraulic systems, and site development are emphasized. Technical instruction with modern instrumentation, hardware, and software is reinforced with foundation courses emphasizing written and oral communication, and physical sciences. All of the instruction is presented with problem solving in mind and with a strong emphasis on applications and critical thinking. The major prepares students for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, which is the first step in registering as a professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Educational objectives, student outcomes, and enrollment/graduation data for this major

Career Opportunities

Graduates can seek employment in a wide range of civil engineering specialties. These include bridge and highway design, construction management, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic systems design, land development, pollution control, and structural design. Employment opportunities will exist with private consulting firms, design/construction businesses, and government agencies, including PennDOT, DEP, USGS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the uniformed services. Local municipality planning and engineering agencies will also offer opportunities for employment. Graduates seeking self-employment opportunities will be aided by education leading to licensure as a professional engineer.

Special Equipment Needs

The College provides computer lab facilities in the instructional buildings used by the program. There are also computer labs in the campus library. A student may choose to purchase a laptop type device for their convenience. However, it is not required to be successful in the program. If purchased, a device should be capable of running Microsoft Office applications, have Wi-Fi connectivity, a minimum of 8GB of RAM, a CPU such as the Intel CORE i5 or greater. A touchscreen with pen support is recommended. However, a Wacom type tablet is an alternative to a touchscreen. In general, a mid-level device should suffice for the applications used in the program. For more in-depth information see Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology Computer Hardware Guidelines.

Remediation Strategies

Math Remediation: Civil Engineering coursework (CET) requires that students begin the first semester enrolled in MTH 008 or higher.

Students who begin their first semester below MTH 008 may not begin taking CET coursework, with the exception of CET101. Related coursework (courses other than CET) may be completed. Students placing below MTH 008 will need additional semesters to complete the degree.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  • design systems, components, or processes, meeting specified needs for broadly defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  • apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.
  • function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.0.50 1.50 SREQ
CET101Introduction to Surveying & Civil Engineering Technologies .5.25 .75 MREQ
CET115Surveying I 3.02 3 MREQ
CET150Computer Applications for Civil Engineering & Surveying 3.02 3 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 3.03 SREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 3.03 SREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3.0 SOEA
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CET124Surveying II 3.02 3 MREQ
CET263Geographic Information Systems & Photogrammetry 3.02 3 MREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 3.03 SREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3.0 SOEA
ECO111Principles of Macroeconomics 3.03 SREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CET230Statics 3.03 MREQ
CET234Highway Engineering 3.03 MREQ
CET238Origin, Distribution & Behavior of Soils 3.0Writing Enriched Requirement2 3 MREQ
PHS115College Physics I 4.03 3 SREQ
PHS201General Physics I 4.03 3 SREQ
MTH240Calculus I 4.04 SREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CET243Strength of Materials 3.03 MREQ
CET246Materials of Construction 3.02 3 MREQ
CET312Hydraulics & Hydrology 3.02 3 MREQ
PHS125College Physics II 4.03 3 SREQ
PHS202General Physics II 4.03 3 SREQ
MTH242Calculus II 4.04 SREQ
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CET242Fluid Mechanics 3.02 3 MREQ
CET311Structural Analysis 3.02 3 MREQ
SPCSpeech Elective 3.0 SSPC
CHM111General Chemistry I 4.03 3 SREQ
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CET320Land Development for Civil Engineers 3.02 3 MREQ
CET321Structural Steel Design 3.02 3 MREQ
CET323Water & Wastewater Systems 3.02 3 MREQ
CET325Dynamics 3.03 MREQ
MET315Engineering Economics 3.03 SREQ
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CET411Geotechnical Engineering Technology 3.02 3 MREQ
CET412Reinforced Concrete Design 3.02 3 MREQ
CET413Civil Engineering Estimating & Scheduling 3.02 3 MREQ
CET495Senior Capstone Design-Planning 2.01 3 MREQ
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3.0 SHIP
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CET496Design for Capstone Project 2.0 6 MREQ
MET321Engineering Ethics & Legal Issues 3.0Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3.0 SARP
MTH161Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications 3.53 1.50 SREQ
CDPCore Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective 3.0 SCDP


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