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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 http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

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 www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits). 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 Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
CET115 Surveying I 3 2 3 M REQ
CET150 Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH240 Calculus I 4 4 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET124 Surveying II 3 2 3 M REQ
CET126 Topographic Surveys and Mapping 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
MTH242 Calculus II 4 4 S REQ
PHS115 College Physics I 4 3 3 S REQ
PHS201 General Physics I 4 3 3 S REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET230 Statics 3 3 M REQ
CET238 Origin, Distribution and Behavior of Soils 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 2 3 M REQ
CET234 Highway Engineering 3 3 M REQ
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 3 S REQ
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
CET243 Strength of Materials 3 3 M REQ
CET312 Hydraulics and Hydrology 3 2 3 M REQ
CET246 Materials of Construction 3 2 3 M REQ
PHS125 College Physics II 4 3 3 S REQ
PHS202 General Physics II 4 3 3 S REQ
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET311 Structural Analysis 3 2 3 M REQ
CET242 Fluid Mechanics 3 2 3 M REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
CHM111 General Chemistry I 4 3 3 S REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET321 Structural Steel Design 3 2 3 M REQ
CET323 Water and Wastewater Systems 3 2 3 M REQ
CET325 Dynamics 3 3 M REQ
MET315 Engineering Economics 3 3 M REQ
CET320 Land Development for Civil Engineers 3 2 3 M REQ
HSC Cultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science 3   S HSC
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET411 Geotechnical Engineering Technology 3 2 3 M REQ
CET412 Reinforced Concrete Design 3 2 3 M REQ
CET413 Civil Engineering Estimating and Scheduling 3 2 3 M REQ
CET495 Senior Capstone Design-Planning 2 1 3 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET496 Design for Capstone Project 2 6 M REQ
MET321 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT


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