2018-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Mar 30, 2023  
2018-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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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 in a complex profession. Among these skills are the abilities to communicate effectively and to understand the context of civil engineering projects in a complex society.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s undergraduate program in civil engineering is strongly practice-oriented, heavily emphasizing design. The breadth of the core courses prepares students for entry-level positions in any civil engineering subdiscipline or for graduate study; some graduates eventually may work in other professions. Within three to five years of earning undergraduate degrees, graduates will:

  1. Apply scientific principles, interdisciplinary knowledge, critical thinking skills, cutting-edge technology, and a passion for civil engineering to solve complex engineering and societal problems.

  2. Demonstrate leadership in professional careers, pursue continuous and lifelong learning, and progress towards professional licensure.

  3. Communicate and collaborate effectively with industry professionals, decision-makers, and community stakeholders.

  4. Work in an ethical and professional manner towards sustainable and resilient civil and urban infrastructure systems.

  5. Successfully perform functions of civil engineering practice, including analysis, design, project management, experimentation, interpretation of data, application of new knowledge, and use of sound engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

Student Outcomes

Student 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 seven 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.

  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.


The undergraduate curriculum for the BS in Civil Engineering provides a solid foundation in all major subdisciplines through required courses. It also requires a concentration in one of five areas (structural engineering, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, urban informatics, or construction management). Table 1 summarizes the curriculum and its requirements in subject-area categories. A typical four-year course of study for civil engineering majors is shown on the full-page chart at the end of this section.

Student have progressive design exposure throughout the curriculum. An introduction to design is provided by EG-UY 1003  in the freshman year. Courses CE-UY 2343 , CE-UY 3183 CE-UY 3223 CE-UY 3243 , and CE-UY 3153  have subdiscipline-specific design content. Many civil engineering elective courses also have strong design components. All students must complete two capstone design courses (CE-UY 4802  and CE-UY 48X3) during their senior year.

Undergraduate civil engineering 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 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. 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  and CE-UY 4092  reinforce 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

  1. After a student completes four semesters or 64 credits at NYU (whichever is earlier), the student must have a combined GPA of at least 2.333 in the following six required CE courses, all of which must 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 2.000 in the above six classes, the student may not be allowed to remain in the major.  If a student has a combined GPA of at least 2.000 and below 2.333, the student may 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 six of the courses, the student will be required to enroll in them that semester.
  2. Since the capstone design course, CE-UY 4802 Civil and Urban Engineering Capstone , requires a thorough understanding of all aspects of civil engineering, students registering for the course must have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or better in all civil engineering courses taken thus far, excluding civil engineering electives.
  3. 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). In senior year all students are required to register to take the FE Exam and enroll in CE-UY 4990 Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Registration for CUE . In addition, 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 .


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


Please see below for the BS in Civil Engineering curriculum.

Table 1: Curriculum for the BS in Civil Engineering

Humanities and Social Science: 24 Credits

Free Elective: 12 Credits

  • Free Elective 12 Credits 5

Total Credits for Degree: 129

Footnotes for Table 1

1 Placement in math classes is based on AP credit and/or placement exams administered by the Mathematics Department.

2 Students may select a basic science elective from one of the following courses: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, Astronomy and Astrophysics, or Introduction to Geophysics (Geology)

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 capstone design course associated with an area of concentration (structural engineering, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, urban informatics, or construction management) is required.

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

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

Please see below for the Typical Course of Study.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Fall Semester: 16 Credits

Spring Semester: 15 Credits

Senior Year

Fall Semester: 14 Credits

Spring Semester: 16 Credits

  • CE-UY 48x3 Civil Engineering Concentration Capstone 3 Credits
  • Civil Engineering Elective #3 3 Credits
  • Free Elective #3 3 Credits
  • Free Elective #4 3 Credits
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Elective #4 4 Credits

Total credits required for graduation: 129

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