Civil Engineering Technology (BCT)

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(Effective Fall 2016)

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. This 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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Strong preparation in mathematics, sciences, and communication skills. Course work in computer usage, drafting and surveying at the high school level would be helpful but not necessary.

Remediation Strategies

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas. 

Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see

Transfer Procedures

Students with associate degrees in Surveying or Civil Engineering Technology can enter the BCT curriculum. This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (see Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools to broadly defined civil engineering technology activities.
  • select and apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to civil engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  • conduct standard tests and measurements; conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and apply experimental results to improve processes.
  • design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined civil engineering technology problems.
  • function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  • identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined civil engineering technology problems.
  • develop an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments, as well as an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • understand the need for and engage in self-directed, continuing professional development.
  • demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  • understand the impact of civil engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  • exhibit a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
CET115 Surveying I 3  
CET150 Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH240 Calculus I 4  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Second Semester Credits
CET124 Surveying II 3  
CET126 Topographic Surveys and Mapping 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
MTH242 Calculus II 4  
PHS115 College Physics I 4  
PHS201 General Physics I 4  
Third Semester Credits
CET230 Statics 3  
CET238 Origin, Distribution and Behavior of Soils 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
CET234 Highway Engineering 3  
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
OEA Open Elective 3  
CET243 Strength of Materials 3  
CET312 Hydraulics and Hydrology 3  
CET246 Materials of Construction 3  
PHS125 College Physics II 4  
PHS202 General Physics II 4  
Fifth Semester Credits
CET311 Structural Analysis 3  
CET242 Fluid Mechanics 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
CHM111 General Chemistry I 4  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
CET321 Structural Steel Design 3  
CET323 Water and Wastewater Systems 3  
CET325 Dynamics 3  
MET315 Engineering Economics 3  
CET320 Land Development for Civil Engineers 3  
HSC Cultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science 3  
Seventh Semester Credits
CET411 Geotechnical Engineering Technology 3  
CET412 Reinforced Concrete Design 3  
CET413 Civil Engineering Estimating and Scheduling 3  
CET495 Senior Capstone Design-Planning 2  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
Eighth Semester Credits
CET496 Design for Capstone Project 2  
MET321 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
ART Art Elective 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  


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