Civil engineers play a vital role in human progress and well-being worldwide. Conceptualizing, innovating, designing, and building sustainable infrastructure and environments is fundamental in helping society progress. Modern challenges, including engineering a resilient and sustainable urban infrastructure; establishing clean water and a clean environment; and advancing technologies in computing, sensing, and human health, are all part of the development of society.
Civil engineers design and construct buildings, bridges, tunnels, dams, and river systems. They also plan, design, construct, and manage highways, railroads, canals, and airports; regulate rivers and control floods; and design and build systems for water distribution and environmental protection.
With a broad range of applications, our civil engineering students have the opportunity to explore a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary tracks, including environmental and water systems, structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, construction management, civil infrastructure security, environmental health, and sustainable resource engineering.
As a civil engineering student at Northeastern University, students begin their education by acquiring a common base of knowledge in engineering science and then learn to design and analyze related civil and environmental engineering solutions. Students have a range of technical electives either to gain a broad base of courses in civil and environmental engineering or to concentrate in one of five civil engineering technical areas, including construction management, environmental engineering, geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering, structural engineering, and/or transportation engineering. General electives are available to complement their engineering knowledge with valuable courses in the arts, languages, social sciences, public health, business, broader engineering and computer science disciplines, and related fields.
The Civil Engineering curriculum culminates in a major semester-long capstone design project in the senior year. In this project, students are asked to apply their knowledge and experience to a real-world design problem and develop feasible solutions.
Based on your area(s) of interest, you can use the guides below to choose suggested courses that would satisfy the technical, science, and general electives needed to complete your curriculum requirements.
The College of Engineering offers accelerated master’s programs, where the attainment of the master’s degree is achieved by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. With the PlusOne program, students attain their bachelor’s degree followed by a PlusOne year to complete the master’s degree.
For support with academic questions, contact the academic advisor assigned to this program.
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