Civil Engineering, BS/MS

Note: This curriculum reflects only course work to be taken as an undergraduate student. For additional course work to be taken as a graduate student, see the graduate program in the Northeastern University Graduate Catalog.

Undergraduate students apply to the dual-degree bachelor’s/master’s program through their academic advisor and the graduate school, selecting a concentration for the MS in Civil Engineering from among the five listed in the graduate catalog: construction management, environmental and water systems, geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering, structural engineering, or transportation engineering.

Once admitted, students must complete the requirements for the BS in Civil Engineering as well as 32 graduate credits that meet the requirements for the MS in Civil Engineering program, following the selected concentration. Students may count a maximum of 16 semester hours of graduate credit toward the undergraduate degree. Consult the academic advisor for information on this program.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in CIVE courses
Minimum 3.000 GPA required in graduate courses

Mathematics/Science Requirement

Complete 33 semester hours in mathematics and science as indicated below.

Required Mathematics/Science
Complete one of the following:4
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and Recitation for CHEM 1214
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
and Recitation for PHYS 1161
Science Elective
Complete one of the following:
Environmental Science
Global Climate Change
Weather and Climate
Oceans and Coasts
Dynamic Earth
History of Earth and Life
Earth Materials
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
Introduction to Remote Sensing
and Lab for ENVR 3302
Field Geology
Geophysics
Wetlands
Sustainable Development
Geology and Land-Use Planning
ENVR 5280
ENVR 5282
Engineering Geology
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
General Biology 1 for Engineers
and Lab for BIOL 1115
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1117
Basic Microbiology
and Lab for BIOL 1121
Microbes and Society
Biology and Society
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
and Recitation for CHEM 2311
Analytical Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 2321
Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Astronomy
Modern Physics
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Classical Dynamics
Medical Physics
Astrophysics and Cosmology
Supplemental Credit
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the mathematics/science requirement:3
CIVE 3464Probability and Engineering Economy for Civil Engineering4
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the mathematics/science requirement:1
GE 1501Cornerstone of Engineering 14

Engineering

Complete 56 semester hours in engineering as indicated below.

Required Engineering
CIVE 2221
and CIVE 2222
Statics and Strength of Materials
and Recitation for CIVE 2221
4
CIVE 2260
and CIVE 2261
Civil Engineering Materials
and Materials and Measurements Lab
5
CIVE 2320
and CIVE 2321
Structural Analysis 1
and Recitation for CIVE 2320
4
CIVE 2324Reinforced Concrete Design4
or CIVE 3425 Steel Design
CIVE 2334Environmental Engineering 14
CIVE 2331Fluid Mechanics4
CIVE 2340
and CIVE 2341
Soil Mechanics
and Lab for CIVE 2340
5
GE 3300Energy Systems: Science, Technology, and Sustainability4
Civil Engineering Project Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Hydrologic Engineering
Foundation Engineering
Highway Engineering
Civil Engineering Technical Electives
Complete 11 semester hours from the following:11
Steel Design
Structural Analysis 2
Environmental Engineering 2
and Lab for CIVE 4534
Resource Recovery and Waste Treatment Technologies Abroad
Hydrologic Engineering
Foundation Engineering
Highway Engineering
Design for Sustainable Transportation: Netherlands
Construction Management
Climate Hazards and Resilient Cities Abroad
Elective
Construction Project Control and Organization
Alternative Project Delivery Systems in Construction
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure
Geoenvironmental Engineering
Transportation Planning and Engineering
Traffic Engineering
Reinforced Concrete Design
Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Sustainable Design and Technologies in Construction
Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings
Information Systems for Integrated Project Delivery
Senior Design Project
Complete one of the following: 5
Senior Design Project—Environmental
Senior Design Project—Structural
Senior Design Project—Transportation
Supplemental Credit
2 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:2
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 2
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the engineering requirement:1
CIVE 3464Probability and Engineering Economy for Civil Engineering4

Professional Development

Professional Development
GE 1000Introduction to the Study of Engineering1
CIVE 2000Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education1
CIVE 3000Professional Issues in Engineering1
Additional Required Courses
The remaining credit from each of the following courses will apply to the professional development area:2
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Additional NUpath Courses

Writing
A grade of C or higher is required:
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
Major-Specific Requirements
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
or ECON 1116 Principles of Microeconomics
NUpath Requirements through General Electives
NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC) and Differences and Diversity (DD) are not explicitly satisfied by required engineering courses. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements with general electives.

Required General Electives

Complete five academic, nonremedial, nonrepetitive courses, equivalent to 4 semester hours.20

Graduate Courses Taken As an Undergraduate Student

Complete eight courses that will count toward the Master of Science in Civil Engineering in consultation with your advisor. 32

Course Work That Does Not Count Toward the Engineering Degree

Students in engineering are allowed to count a maximum of two pass/fail courses toward their degree program. Only general electives outside the College of Engineering may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. A maximum of one pass/fail course is allowed per semester.

Program Requirement

151 total semester hours required

Five Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4VacationVacation
CHEM 11514PHYS 1151 (ND)3  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
GE 10001PHYS 11531  
GE 15014GE 1502 (ER)4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4General elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 2321 (FQ)4MATH 23414VacationCo-op
ECON 1115 or 1116 (AD, SI)4CIVE 20001  
CIVE 22214CIVE 22604  
CIVE 22220CIVE 22611  
CIVE 23344CIVE 23204  
 CIVE 23210  
 GE 33004  
 16 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCIVE 23314CIVE 23244Co-op
 CIVE 23404General elective 4 
 CIVE 23411  
 Undergraduate civil technical/project elective4  
 Science elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCIVE 30001General elective 4Vacation
 CIVE 34644ENGW 3302 (WD)4 
 Graduate civil technical elective4  
 Graduate civil technical elective4  
 Graduate course4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Graduate course4CIVE 476x5  
Graduate course4Graduate course4  
Graduate course4Graduate course4  
General elective4General elective4  
 16 17  
Total Hours: 151

Five Years, 2 Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4VacationVacation
CHEM 11514PHYS 1151 (ND)3  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
GE 10001PHYS 11531  
GE 15014GE 1502 (ER)4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4General elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 2321 (FQ)4Co-opCo-opVacation
CIVE 20001   
CIVE 22214   
CIVE 22220   
CIVE 22604   
CIVE 22611   
CIVE 23344   
 18 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CIVE 23204Co-opCo-opMATH 23414
CIVE 23210  CIVE 23404
CIVE 23314  CIVE 23411
ECON 1115 or 1116 (AD, SI)4   
GE 33004   
 16 0 0 9
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CIVE 23244Graduate course4VacationGeneral elective 4
CIVE 30001Science elective4 General elective4
ENGW 3302 (WD)4Grad civil technical elective 4  
Graduate civil technical elective4Graduate course4  
Undergrad civil technical elective4   
 17 16 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
CIVE 34644CIVE 476x5  
Graduate course 4Graduate course4  
Graduate course4Graduate course 4  
General elective4General elective4  
 16 17  
Total Hours: 151