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Undergraduate: Civil Engineering

  • Program Overview

    Civil Engineering (CIV)

    The Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering is designed to give students a solid foundation in civil engineering and sciences. It will provide students with a breadth and depth of technical knowledge in the field, preparing them to work immediately in most areas of the profession, including geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, hydraulics, structural engineering, construction management, and transportation/traffic engineering. Students take courses in chemistry, physics, and math, in addition to a core set of engineering courses common to most engineering disciplines. Students are also introduced to computer software which expedites the design process, and they are taught how to balance engineering designs with economic constraints. The Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program at Stony Brook University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

    Program Educational Objectives

    The educational objectives of the civil engineering program are to prepare our graduates to:

    1. Establish a successful career in Civil Engineering or related field and pursue professional licensure. 
    2. Pursue advanced study if they so desire.
    3. Assume leadership roles in their communities and/or professions.

    Student Outcomes

    The students will demonstrate the following:

    1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
    2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
    3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
    4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
    5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
    6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
    7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Civil Engineering (CIV)

    Requirements for Acceptance to the Major in Civil Engineering

    Qualified freshman and transfer students who have indicated their interest in the major on their applications may be admitted directly as a degree major or as a pre-major. Pre-majors are placed into the Area of Interest (AOI) program and to be eligible for the degree, they must be admitted to and declare the major. The requirements and application process for matriculation are detailed below. Students admitted to other programs within the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) follow the same admissions process as students in the AOI program. Students in programs outside of CEAS (non-CEAS students) and double major applicants may apply for admission to the degree program following a separate process, outlined below.

    Area of Interest and Other CEAS Students (excluding double major applicants)
    Applications for major admission from AOI and other CEAS students are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who submit their application on time will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:

        • Completion of at least 10 credits of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering courses (excluding EST 392, ESE 301, and CME 233) required for the major,
        • Earned a G.P.A. of 3.2 in all mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering courses (excluding EST 392, ESE 301, and CME 233) applicable to major requirements with no more than one grade less than B-,
        • No courses required for the major have been repeated, and
        • Completion of course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major.

    Students must complete these requirements no later than one year after they enroll in the first course that applies towards major entry. Students must apply for admission by the application deadline immediately following completion of the above requirements, but no later than the one year limit. Admission of AOI students and other CEAS students who apply late will follow the process of Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants below.

    Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants
    Applications for major admission from non-CEAS students and double major applicants are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who do not meet the requirements for AOI admission above will not be considered. Fulfilling the requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Admission is competitive and contingent upon program capacity.

    Requirements for the major in Civil Engineering (CIV)

    The major in Civil Engineering leads to the Bachelor of Engineering degree.

    Completion of the major requires approximately 112 credits.

    1. Mathematics

    a. AMS 151, AMS 161 Applied Calculus I, II
    b. AMS 261 Applied Calculus III or MAT 203 Calculus III with Applications or MAT 307 Multivariable Calculus with Linear Algebra
    c. AMS 361 Applied Calculus IV: Differential Equations or MAT 303 Calculus IV with Applications
    Note: The following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted for AMS 151, AMS 161 in major requirements or prerequisites: MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or MAT 131, MAT 132 or MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171.
    d. AMS 310 Survey of Probability and Statistics

    2. Natural Sciences

    a. PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II and Laboratories
    b. CHE 131/CHE 133, CHE 132/CHE 134 General Chemistry I, II and Laboratories or CHE 152/154 
    Note: The following alternate physics course sequences may be substituted for PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134: PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127, PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics A, B, C and Laboratories or PHY 141, PHY 142, PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II: Honors
    c. A basic science elective to be selected from the following list of courses: GEO 102, The Earth; MAR 104, Oceanography; BIO 201, Fundamentals of Biology: From Organisms to Ecosystems; ATM 201, Introduction to Climate and Climate Change

    3. Laboratories

    • CIV 340 Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory
    • CIV 341 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
    • CIV 342 Civil Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory

    4. Civil Engineering

    • CIV 101 Introduction to Civil Engineering
    • CIV 203 Autocad Basics
    • CIV 210 Land Surveying
    • CIV 305 Transportation Systems Analysis I
    • CIV 310 Structural Engineering
    • CIV 320 Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment Design
    • CIV 330 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
    • CIV 364 Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineers
    • CIV 393 Construction Management
    • CIV 410 Principles of Foundation Engineering
    • CIV 420 Hydraulics

    5. Mechanical Engineering

    • MEC 102 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving II
    • MEC 260 Engineering Statics
    • MEC 262 Engineering Dynamics
    • MEC 363 Mechanics of Solids

    6. Engineering Design

    • CIV 312 Steel and Reinforced Concrete Design
    • CIV 440 Senior Design I
    • CIV 441 Senior Design II

    7. Writing and Oral Communication Requirement 

    • CIV 300 Technical Communication

    8. Engineering Economics

    • EST 392 Engineering Economics 

    9. Engineering Ethics

    • ESE 301 Engineering Ethics and Societal Impact or CME 233 Ethics and Business Practices for Engineers

    10. Civil Engineering Specializations

    The area of specialization, composed of four electives, must be declared in writing by the end of the junior year. The area of specialization is selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.   

    The four areas of specialization are transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources and environmental engineering, and structural engineering.

    Areas of Specialization

    Each area of specialization requires a minimum of two electives from this list. An additional two electives may be taken from any of the specializations. 

    Three credits of CIV 476 Instructional Laboratory Curriculum Practicum, CIV 488 Civil Engineering Internship, or CIV 499 Undergraduate Research may count toward one of the two electives that can be taken outside the area of specialization. Credits for CIV 491 Topics in Civil Engineering may count toward the six credits that can be taken outside the area of specialization; a petition to the Undergraduate Program Director is required to have CIV 491 credits count for the chosen area of specialization.  

    Transportation Engineering

    • CIV 306 Transportation Systems Analysis II 
    • CIV 407 Transportation Economics (required for the Transportation Engineering Specialization)
    • GSS 313 GIS Design and Application I and GSS 314: GIS Laboratory  [co-requisites] – only counts as one
    • GSS 325 GIS Design & Applications II

    Geotechnical Engineering

    • GEO 318 Engineering Geology and Coastal Processes
    • GEO 347 Remote Sensing 

    • MEC 320 Numerical Methods in Engineering Design and Analysis
    • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis

    Water Resources and Environmental Engineering  

    • CIV 423 Coastal Engineering Planning and Design
    • CIV 424 Stormwater Management and Design
    • CIV 426 Introduction to Environmental Biotechnology
    • ENV 310 Sustainability and Renewable Energy - Costa Rica
    • GEO 315 Groundwater Hydrology
    • MEC 393 Engineering Fluid Mechanics

    Structural Engineering 

    • CIV 411 Matrix Structural Analysis
    • CIV 414 Advanced Construction Materials
    • CIV 432 Vibration Mechanics
    • CIV 436 Prestressed Concrete Design
    • ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials
    • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis


    All courses taken to satisfy requirements 1 through 10 above must be taken for a letter grade. The grade point average for the courses MEC 260, 262, 363, CIV 101, 210, 305, 310, 312, 320, 330, 364, 393, 410, 420, 440, 441, and all specialization and technical electives must be at least 2.00. A minimum grade of “C” in PHY 131 or PHY 125AMS 151 or MAT 131 or MAT 125 or MAT 141, MEC 260MEC 262 and CIV 440 is required for the BE degree. When a course is repeated, the higher grade will be used in calculating this average.






  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Civil Engineering

    A course planning guide for this major may be found hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.  


    FALL Credits
     First Year Seminar 101 1
     WRT 102 (WRT) 3
     AMS 151 (QPS) 3
     PHY 131/133 (SNW) 4
     CIV 101 3
     Basic Science Elective 3
    Total 17
    SPRING Credits
     First Year Seminar 102 1
     AMS 161 3
    PHY 132/134 4
     MEC 102
     CHE 131
     SBC course
     Total 17

    FALL Credits
     AMS 261 4
     CHE 132/133 5
     MEC 260 3
     EST 392 (SBS) 3
     CIV 203
     Total  16
    SPRING Credits
    AMS 361  4
    MEC 262  3
    MEC 363
    AMS 310 3
    CHE 134 1
    SBC course 3
     Total 17

    FALL Credits
    CIV 364  3
    CIV 210
    CIV 305  3
    CIV 310 (TECH) 3
    CIV 340 2
    ESE 301 (STAS) 3
     Total 15
    SPRING Credits
    CIV 300 1
    CIV 312 3
    CIV 320 3
    CIV 330  3
    CIV 341
    CIV 393 3
     Total  15

    FALL Credits
    CIV 440*  3
    CIV 410
    CIV 420  3
    CIV 342 1
    Specialization course  3
    Specialization course 3
     Total 16
    SPRING Credits
    CIV 441*  3 
    SBC course 3
    SBC course  3 
    Specialization course  3
    Specialization course  3
      Total  15



     * Note: This course partially satisfies the following: ESI, CER, SPK, WRTD, SBS+, STEM+, EXP+. For more information contact the CEAS Undergraduate Student Office.

  • Contact

    Civil Engineering (CIV)

    Major in Civil Engineering

    Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Chair: Rigoberto Burgueño

    Assistant to the Chairperson: Erin Giuliano

    Office: Computer Science 2434

    Phone: (631) 632-8777 



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