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Civil Engineering

College of Engineering


Are you interested in the foundations and structures that help the world function? Our Civil Engineering major focuses on the latest developments in the design, efficiency, construction, and maintenance of society’s infrastructure. You will learn about how the world around you is constructed through classroom, laboratory, and internship experiences (including study abroad in China and international collaborative projects, such as Solar Decathlon competitions). With a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, interdisciplinary learning, and green engineering, you’ll have the education to play a role in building tomorrow's framework from the ground up.

Why Choose Civil Engineering?

Our nation’s success has been built on the foundation of our solid infrastructure—much of it constructed decades ago. Today, thousands of public works projects in the United States are in desperate need of repair and many more new infrastructure developments are necessary to keep our country competitive. According to the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking, civil engineering is ranked #5 and environmental engineering is ranked #4 in Best Engineering Jobs. There has never been a greater need for civil and environmental engineers to plan, execute, and lead these important projects.

What Will You Study?

You’ll learn about latest advances in the design, construction, and maintenance of society’s infrastructure, from roads to buildings, and dams to bridges to water treatment plants. You will gain expertise in the major areas of civil engineering through courses in Transportation Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Construction Engineering, and Geotechnical Engineering. You’ll also learn about responsible and sustainable engineering practices through alternative and renewable energy, and sustainable materials. Starting in your junior year, you have the option to choose a concentration in Environmental, Reservoir, or our new Railway Engineering offering available in fall 2016.

Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives

Our graduates will:

  • Demonstrate a strong fundamental scientific and technical knowledge base and critical thinking skills.
  • Actively engage in lifelong learning related to the civil engineering profession.
  • Plan, design, analyze, develop, organize, and manage civil and environmental engineering projects.
  • Demonstrate expertise in major sub-disciplines of civil engineering: structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental, and water resources engineering.

Student Outcomes

The outcomes necessary to achieve our program objectives are that our students will have:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constrains such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. An ability to communicate effectively;
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning;
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues;
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Enrollment and Degree Statistics

Enrollment and Degree Statistics

Enrollment
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Full-time
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15
31
50
67
73
Part-time
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-
-
-
1
1
2
2

Bachelor's Degrees Awarded
Academic Year
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
Degrees
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-
-
-
-
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12
Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Civil engineers work in both private and public sectors of the industry as well as the military. Private sector employers range from small consulting firms and large international engineering companies. Public sector jobs include working in state and local governments, as well as the federal government. Civil engineers also work in the military as commissioned officers or civilian engineers. Furthermore, students graduating from our Civil Engineering program have options to work in or pursue graduate degrees in environmental-related fields, as well as petroleum-related or railway-related fields.

Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

Civil Engineering students may have interests in: the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Many of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.

Clubs and Organizations
Faculty

Faculty

Our full-time faculty hold Ph.D. degrees from top engineering schools such as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, Cornell University, and the University of California at Irvine. They will become your mentors, co-learners, career advisors, and project managers. Not only will they facilitate your learning in and out of the classroom, but they will also collaborate on research projects with you.

Faculty
Accreditation Process

Accreditation Process

Program leading to BS in Civil Engineering is following the application process for accreditation as outlined by ABET.

Unique Learning Opportunities

  • First Year Program

    Design, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking from day one is the cornerstone of engineering education at Western New England University. Our first year engineering program teams students up to design, code, and prototype a robot to compete in the Bot Battle at the end of the first semester. In the second semester, data acquisition and processing, ethical standards, communication, and business skills are developed. Student teams design a product to improve lives through the application of smart technology. The prototypes are presented at the Emerging Engineers Expo at the end of the year.

  • Senior Design Project

    Take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it to solve a real industry problem in a Senior Design Project that caps off your engineering education. You'll research, design, and create a project that advances industry knowledge. Regional companies may sponsor and guide you through the completion of you project, which will allow you to leverage the opportunity into a full-time job.