Curriculum - Civil Engineering

Civil engineering, earliest of the engineering professions, has evolved into a broad spectrum of specialties: structural, geotechnical, hydraulic, environmental, transportation, urban planning, construction, irrigation and drainage, waterways and harbors and infrastructure rehabilitation.

Depending upon personal interests and abilities, the modern civil engineer also may become involved in research, design and development related to projects concerned with hazardous waste management, alternative disposal strategies for municipal and solid waste and biomedical engineering applications. The civil engineer also studies and develops new materials, new structural systems and new systems procedures for optimizing design. Basic research, especially in the areas of applied and experimental mechanics, often arises either as a preliminary or adjunct requisite to these studies.

The civil engineer who wishes to practice creatively in any of these fields must be thoroughly grounded in the basic sciences, mathematics, applied mechanics, structures and structural mechanics, engineering sciences and computer applications.

The members of the civil engineering faculty are actively engaged in research in their specialties, which include modern advances in structural engineering and materials, geotechnical engineering, water pollution control technologies and water resources engineering.

Undergraduate Program Opportunity is available to graduates for careers in civil engineering design as related to structures, geotechnical applications, construction management, environmental engineering and water resources engineering. Accordingly, the curriculum places strong emphasis on laboratory experience acquired through innovative experimental projects that are conceived and conducted by the students under close faculty supervision. To meet this need, the department maintains a separate laboratory in each of four major civil engineering specialties: materials and structures, water resources, environmental and geotechnical.

The bachelor's degree curriculum is shown below. The complete Cooper Union catalog with course descriptions, academic standards, etc, is available online and maintained by the Registrar's office.

Opportunity is available to graduates for careers in civil engineering design as related to structures, geotechnical applications, construction management, environmental engineering, and water resources engineering. Accordingly, the curriculum places strong emphasis on laboratory experience acquired through innovative experimental projects that are conceived and conducted by the students under close faculty supervision. To meet this need, the department maintains a separate laboratory in each of four major civil engineering specialties: environmental, materials and structures, geotechnical, and water resources.

 

Civil Engineering Program

 

Freshman Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC000.1 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 110 Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Ma 111 Calculus I4
Ch 110 General Chemistry3
EID 101 Engineering Design and Problem Solving3
CS 102 Introduction to Computer Science3
HSS 1 Literary Forms and Expressions3
Total credits fall semester18

 

Spring Semester:Credits
ESC000.2 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 113 Calculus II4
Ph 112 Physics I: Mechanics4
Ch 111 General Chemistry Laboratory1.5
Ch 160 Physical Principles of Chemistry3
HSS 2 Texts and Contexts: Old Worlds and New3
Total credits spring semester15.5

 

Sophomore Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC000.3 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 223 Vector Calculus2
Ma 224 Probability2
Ph 213 Physics II: Electromagnetic Phenomena4
Ph 291 Introductory Physics Laboratory1.5
ESC 100 Engineering Mechanics3
ESC 110 Materials Science3
HSS 3 The Making of Modern Society3
Total credits fall semester18.5

 

Spring Semester:Credits
ESC000.4 Professional Development Seminar0
ESC 120 Principles of Electrical Engineering3
Ma 240 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations3
Ph 214 Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics3
ESC 101 Solid Mechanics3
CE 120 Fundamentals of Civil Engineering3
HSS 4 The Modern Context: Figures and Topics3
Total credits spring semester18

 

Junior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
CE 121 Structural Engineering4.5
CE 141 Environmental Systems Engineering4.5
ESC 130 Engineering Thermodynamics3
ESC 140 Fluid Mechanics and Flow Systems3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective3
Total credits fall semester18

 

Spring Semester:Credits
CE 122 Structural Engineering II3
CE 131 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering4.5
CE 142 Water Resources Engineering4.5
CE 341 Design of Steel Structures3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective3
Total credits spring semester18

 

Senior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
CE 342 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures3
CE 351 Urban Transportation Planning3
CE 363 Civil Engineering Design I3
Engineering or Science Electives6
Total credits fall semester15

 

Spring Semester:Credits
CE 361 Civil Engineering Experimental Projects2
CE 364 Civil Engineering Design II3
Engineering or Science Electives9
Total credits spring semester14
Total credits required for degree135

 

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