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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Architectural Studies

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Architectural Studies


The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Civil Engineering and Architectural Studies degree at Northeastern combines civil engineering and architecture—two important disciplines that deal with the process of creating the built environment to satisfy societal needs. Both professions have critical functions that are essential in the development of society in terms of planning cities and designing more resilient infrastructure and rely on one-another to accomplish it. The combination of these two professions creates great synergy as architects focus more on the functional and human aspects of development, while civil engineers concentrate on the structural elements of the design, ensuring durable structures that perform under normal and extreme loads.

Innovative Curriculum

Students successfully completing the program receive a rigorous engineering training education, enabling a high level of engineering knowledge as well as exposure to a broad range of architectural topics and design experiences.

Students have the option of selecting from several minors to complement their degree and personalize their path. Students can select from minors in the department, in other engineering departments, or from across the university.

The Accelerated Master’s Degree PlusOne program allows current undergraduate students to accelerate the attainment of the master’s degree by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current students apply to enroll in the PlusOne program. Students attain their bachelor’s degree followed by a PlusOne year to complete the master’s degree.

Students currently earning a BS in Civil Engineering and Architectural Studies can select from the PlusOne pathways available for BS in Civil Engineering students.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the heart of a Northeastern education, combining rigorous coursework with hands-on experience in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field—locally and abroad. With our signature cooperative education (co-op) program, students typically gain six months of work experience integrated as part of the educational program. Both five-year, three-co-op and four-year, two-co-op program options are available.

Program Contacts

Haris Koutsopoulos
Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Urban transportation networks and informatics, public transportation operations, mobility on demand

Academic Advising

For support with academic questions, contact the academic advisor assigned to this program.

Admissions & Aid

Ready to take the next step? Review Degree Requirements to see courses needed to complete this degree. Then, explore ways to pay for your education. Finally, review Admissions Information to see our deadlines and gather the materials you need to Apply.

Student Experiences

Using Co-op as a Stepping Stone Towards a Full-Time Career

Magdalene Sexton Dwyer, E’23, civil engineering and architectural studies, found that her civil engineering ambitions were influenced by her architectural work on co-op and her service-based extracurriculars. By combining her academics with her personal goals, she decided to focus on affordable and sustainable housing.

CEE Co-op Student Wins Fall 2023 Scholarship From DN Tanks 

Amy Xu, E’25, civil engineering and architectural studies, received the DN Tanks Fall 2023 Scholarship, which recognizes students on co-op at the company who excel in their work and make contributions at DN Tanks.

2022 Huntington 100 COE Recipients

The 2022 members of Northeastern University’s “Huntington 100,” a group of students selected for their outstanding achievements locally and globally, included twenty students from the College of Engineering.

Carrie Tam

Tam Receives 2022 Compass Award

Carrie Tam, E’22, civil engineering and architectural studies, won a 2022 Compass Award which recognizes exemplary students from the senior class who, during their time on campus, have demonstrated a true dedication to a core set of values: leadership, volunteerism, academic integrity, and commitment to Northeastern.