Civil Engineering Major B.S.

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Civil Engineering Major B.S.

Program Overview

What is a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering?

This program is tailored to students who are interested in the design, construction and maintenance of facilities that help humans lead better lives, while protecting the planet. Civil engineers create water and air treatment systems, highways, tunnels, foundations, buildings and bridges, while also restoring, protecting and improving the environment.

Why study civil engineering at UNH?

This program is rich with interesting students and engaged professors. You’ll begin taking civil engineering courses during your first year, and you’ll have the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to your interests. You’ll have the opportunity participate in a wide array of student organizations and activities. The civil engineering program allows for study abroad, complementary minors and dual majors, a track for graduating in fewer than four years, an accelerated master’s degree program and close ties to industry that result in internship and employment opportunities.

Potential careers

  • Business executive
  • Construction engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Engineer-of-record
  • Field engineer
  • Lawyer
  • Project engineer
  • Teacher
  • Technical sales

Contact

Civil and Environmental Engineering
33 Academic Way
Kingsbury Hall, W183
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1428
Fax: (603) 862-2364
Email: Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • To those whom much is given, much is required. It is the motto that drives John Edward “Ed” Hamel ’61 in his business and philanthropic endeavors and is the foundation of his selection as the 2016 College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. The CEPS...
    To those whom much is given, much is required. It is the motto that drives John Edward “Ed” Hamel ’61 in his business and philanthropic endeavors and is the foundation of his selection as the 2016 College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. The CEPS...

Curriculum & Requirements

Matriculating students should have strong aptitudes in mathematics and science along with imagination, spatial and graphic abilities, communication skills, and creativity. Students then follow a four-year program that conforms to the guidelines of, and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.  ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

The first two years of the program provide the necessary technical knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, and physics, while introducing and developing problem-solving techniques in eight courses tailored to civil engineering students. The junior year provides courses in each of the civil engineering sub-disciplines, providing students with skills in each and allowing students to determine which they wish to pursue further. The senior year is flexible, allowing students to choose where to focus attention by selecting from more than forty elective courses in civil and environmental engineering.

The required curriculum includes seven writing-intensive courses, thereby not only satisfying but exceeding the University's writing requirement. (See University Academic Requirements.)

Additional opportunities exist for study abroad, cognates, minors, and dual majors, a three-year accelerated track, and early admission into two masters of science degree programs.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CEE 400 Introduction to Civil Engineering 4
CEE 520 Environmental Pollution and Protection: A Global Context 4
Elective AutoCAD 3 3
Elective Discovery Program requirement 1 4
 Credits15
Spring
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
Elective Spatial Metrics 3 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
CEE 500 Statics for Civil Engineers 3
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
Elective Technical Writing 3 4
Elective Discovery Program requirement 1 4
 Credits19
Spring
CEE 501 Strength of Materials 3
CEE 502 Project Engineering 3
CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers 4
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
Elective Discovery Program requirment 4
 Credits18
Third Year
Fall
CEE 635 Engineering Materials 4
CEE 650 Fluid Mechanics 4
CEE 680 Classical Structural Analysis 3
Elective Discovery Program requirement 1 4
 Credits15
Spring
CEE 620 Fundamental Aspects of Environmental Engineering 4
CEE 665 Soil Mechanics 4
Elective Statistics 3 4
Elective Discovery Program requirement 1 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
CEE 797 Introduction to Project Planning and Design 1
Elective Project-Based Design Elective 3 4
Elective Area Elective 2 3 3
Elective Civil Engineering 3 3
Elective Discovery Program requirement 1 4
 Credits15
Spring
CEE 798 Project Planning and Design 3
Elective Area Elective 3 3 3
Elective Area Elective 4 3 3
Elective Civil Engineering 3 3
Elective Senior Technical Elective 3 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits129

Explore Program Details

Our curricula exceed the University's writing requirements, meets the University’s Discovery Program requirements, and meets ABET's requirements .  Our two undergraduate degree programs are, and have always been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

 

The mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire is fourfold:

  • Pursue and disseminate knowledge through teaching, scholarship, outreach, and public service.
  • Provide excellent undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Advance the state-of-the-art in science and engineering by conducting research.
  • Enhance the quality of life for people in New Hampshire and beyond.

In accordance with its mission, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering seeks to attain the specific Educational Objectives and Outcomes listed herein.

Objectives & Outcomes 

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