2018-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Jan 20, 2020  
2018-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda)

Civil Engineering, B.S. (effective for students entering Tandon in Fall 2018 or later)

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Civil and Urban Engineering develops engineering graduates capable of contributing to and advancing the practice of civil engineering and its subdisciplines. Through its research programs, the department strives to be at the forefront in selected areas in the development of new knowledge and applications in civil engineering. Through its educational programs, graduates will be well rounded in state-of-the-art techniques and will develop the skills needed to apply them in a complex profession. Among these skills are the abilities to communicate effectively in written and verbal form and understand the context of civil engineering projects in a complex society.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives relate to where the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering expects its graduates to be within three to five years of earning undergraduate degrees. NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s undergraduate program in civil engineering is strongly practice-oriented, heavily emphasizing design, to prepare students for entry-level positions in any civil engineering subdiscipline or for graduate study. While some graduates eventually may work in other professions, the specific educational objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. For graduates to be working in a responsible position in civil engineering or a closely-related profession (not including those who are engaged in full-time graduate study).
  2. For graduates to have advanced in their careers to a position of higher responsibility.
  3. For graduates to be engaged in some form of continuing education, including, but not limited to, graduate education, professional development programs, relevant short courses and seminars, in-house training programs or similar activities.

Student Outcomes

Program outcomes are those abilities and skills that graduates are expected to have upon graduation with a BS in Civil Engineering degree. For these, the Department has adopted the 7 fundamental outcomes specified by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. They cover the full breadth and depth of the abilities and skills needed by modern engineering professionals. They are listed below with brief discussions of how each relates to the civil engineering profession.

  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.

Required Courses

The undergraduate curriculum provides a solid foundation in all major subdisciplines through required courses.

Four courses provide the engineering science and professional underpinnings for all subdisciplines: CE-UY 2133 Engineering Mechanics , CE-UY 2123 Mechanics of Materials , CE-UY 2213 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics  and CE-UY 1002 Introduction to Civil Engineering . Structural engineering is covered in CE-UY 3122 Structural Dynamics , CE-UY 3133 Structural Analysis , CE-UY 3173 Structural Design , CE-UY 3163 Materials for the Built Environment  and CE-UY 4153 Structural Design Project  . The required environmental and water resources sequence includes CE-UY 3223 Introduction to Environmental Engineering  and CE 3243 Water Resources Engineering . Soils engineering is covered in CE-UY 3153 Geotechnical Engineering . Transportation Engineering is introduced in CE-UY 2343 Transportation Engineering . Because the department also has a full undergraduate program in Construction Management, civil engineering students must select two construction engineering courses from an approved list. All students take the capstone course, given over two semesters as CE-UY 4802 Civil and Urban Engineering Capstone  and CE-UY 4813 Civil Engineering Design II .

Design is covered in many of these courses, exposing students to design in various subdisciplines. An introduction to design is provided by EG-UY 1003  in the freshman year. Courses CE-UY 3173 , CE-UY 3223 , CE-UY 3243 , CE-UY 3153 , and CE-UY 4153  all have significant design content. Most elective courses also have strong design components. All students must complete two 2-credit senior design projects (CE-UY 4802  & CE-UY 4813 ) during their senior year.

Thus, students have progressive design exposure in each program year.

Undergraduate elective courses are provided in structural, geotechnical, environmental, water resources and transportation engineering, and construction management and engineering. These allow students to gain significant depth in these areas. Selected students with sufficient gradepoint averages may take beginning graduate courses in these areas. Special topics courses are provided in each major subdiscipline and are offered as needed.

Communication skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum. The humanities and social sciences portions of the curriculum focus strongly on developing writing and oral skills. The freshman engineering program also includes substantial emphasis on oral presentations and written report assignments. CE-UY 1002 Introduction to Civil Engineering  includes numerous written assignments and encourages discussion. All courses with associated laboratories require written laboratory or project reports; many design courses require formal submission of design reports, some with oral presentations. The senior design-project experience includes many oral and written progress reports and is formally presented and defended as part of final submission.

Humanities and social sciences courses also help students to understand the societal context of their profession. CE-UY 1002 Introduction to Civil Engineering  reinforces this understanding with specific civil engineering references and provides a focused treatment of professional ethics. These aspects are also highlighted in other civil-engineering curriculum courses.

Other Requirements

The BS in Civil Engineering program has four additional requirements:

  1. To promote interest in professional registration, students must register for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, which is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). CE-UY 4092  includes a zero-credit recitation that provides preparation for the exam. Students who are not legally eligible to hold a professional engineer’s (PE) license are exempt from this requirement, but must still take CE-UY 4092;
  2. Since the capstone design courses, CE-UY 4802 Civil and Urban Engineering Capstone  & CE-UY 48X3 Civil Engineering Concentration/Minor Capstone, require a thorough understanding of all aspects of civil engineering, students must have a cumulative average of 2.0 or better in all civil engineering courses. The cumulative average of 2.0 or better applies to all civil engineering courses excluding the civil elective courses; and
  3. Junior-level status minimum GPA in civil engineering courses:  After a student completes four semesters or 64 credits at NYU (whichever is earlier), the students must have at least a combined GPA of at least 2.333 (C+) in the following five required CE courses, all of which should be completed by this point: CE-UY 1002 Introduction to Civil Engineering , CE-UY 2133 Engineering Mechanics , CE-UY 2143 Analysis of Determinate Structures  , CE-UY 2213 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics CE-UY 2343 Transportation Engineering , and CE-UY 2533 Construction Project Management . If a student has a combined GPA below 2.0 in the above five classes, that student will not be allowed to remain in the major.  If a student has a GPA of at least 2.0 and below 2.333, the student will be required to re-take at least one of the courses to raise the GPA to 2.333 before being allowed to enroll in some junior-level required CE courses.  If the student has not yet completed all five of the courses, the student will be required to enroll in them that semester.


The BS in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The curriculum for the BS in Civil Engineering is described in the tables that follow. Table 1 summarizes the curriculum and its requirements in subject-area categories. Table 2 summarizes elective courses in construction management, engineering and civil engineering. A typical four-year course of study for civil engineering majors is shown on the full-page chart at the end of this section.


Table 1: Curriculum for the BS in Civil Engineering

Humanities and Social Science: 24 Credits

Free Elective

  • Free Elective 3 Credits 4

Total Credits for Degree: 129

Footnotes for Table 1

1 All students, except those who have earned a grade of 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB or BC AP Exam, take a mathematics placement examination. Students may be placed in an alternative course, which may not carry degree credit, based up the results of such placement examination. Students also may be advance-placed based upon AP or college math credit earned in high school. Students may substitute MA-UY 1324 , which includes two additional contact hours, for MA-UY 1024 .

2 Students may select a basic science elective from one of the following areas: biology, astrophysics and astronomy or geology and earth science.

3 Students must take sixteen credits (four courses) of elective courses in the humanities and social sciences. Consult the Technology, Culture and Society portion of the bulletin for details. At least one humanities and social sciences elective must be a 3xxx/4xxx level course. At least one humanities and social sciences elective must be a writing-intensive course, labeled by “W.”

4 A free elective is any course in any department of the University for which the student has the prerequisites.

Table 2: Approved Construction Management and Engineering and Civil Engineering Electives


Additional electives for CE undergraduates are available from courses in the Construction Management curriculum. Consult the Construction Management section of the catalog.

Typical Course of Study for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Fall Semester: 16 Credits

Spring Semester: 15 Credits

Senior Year

Fall Semester: 14 Credits

Spring Semester: 16 Credits

Total credits required for graduation: 129