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(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 analysis of civil engineering and surveying projects. Modern approaches to the analysis of highways, structures, hydraulic systems, and site development are emphasized. The major provides an overview of the engineering field. The degree covers subject material that may be part of certification tests administered by organizations such as the Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology (NECPT) and the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET). Students may also choose to continue into a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. 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

Career Opportunities

Engineering technician, construction inspector, materials technician, surveying technician, draftsperson, and quality control technician.

Recommended High School Subjects

Strong preparation in mathematics, such as trigonometry and algebra; sciences, such as chemistry and physics; and communication skills is recommended. Coursework in computer usage, drafting, CAD, and surveying at the high school level is helpful.

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 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 a more in-depth information see Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology Computer Hardware Guidelines.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in English, math, and reading. Math Remediation: Civil Engineering coursework (CET) requires that students begin the first semester with MTH 006 or higher.

Students who begin their first semester below MTH 006 may not begin taking CET coursework, with the exception of CET101. Related coursework (courses other than CET) may be completed. Students placing below MTH 006 will need additional semesters to complete the degree.

English/Reading Remediation: Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies in English or reading as explained in the College Catalog (see www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting). 

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 well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  • design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline.
  • apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-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.
  • function effectively as a member of a technical team.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1.0 .50 1.50 S REQ
CET101 Introduction to Surveying and Civil Engineering Technologies 1.0 .50 1.50 M REQ
CET115 Surveying I 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET150 Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying 3.0 2 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3.0 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3.0 3 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3.0 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET124 Surveying II 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET126 Topographic Surveys and Mapping 3.0 2 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3.0 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3.0 3 S REQ
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.0 3 S REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET230 Statics 3.0 3 M REQ
CET234 Highway Engineering 3.0 3 M REQ
CET238 Origin, Distribution and Behavior of Soils 3.0 Writing Enriched Requirement 2 3 M REQ
PHS115 College Physics I 4.0 3 3 S REQ
MTH161 Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications 3.5 3 1.50 S REQ
MTH240 Calculus I 4.0 4 S REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET243 Strength of Materials 3.0 3 M REQ
CET246 Materials of Construction 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET264 Land Development Design 3.0 2 3 M REQ
CET312 Hydraulics and Hydrology 3.0 2 3 M REQ
PHS125 College Physics II 4.0 3 3 S REQ

Eligible students may substitute MTH 240/242 for MTH 180/182. Students taking the MTH 240/242 option may substitute PHS 201/202 for PHS 115/125. MTH 240/242 is recommended for students desiring to transfer to the BCT major after completing the A.A.S. requirements.


Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org