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Civil Engineering and Technology Department

Michael Kupferman, Chair
Annex South Room 101C
617-989-4175

Faculty

Professors

  • John W. Duggan, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Francis J. Hopcroft, P.E.
  • Michael Kupferman, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professors

  • Lawrence Decker, P.E.
  • Cornelia Demers-Sborov, Ph.D., P.E.*
  • James Lambrechts, P.E.
  • Henderson W. Prritchard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

  • Gautham Das, Ph.D.
  • Michael Davidson, P.E.

*on leave 2012-13 academic year

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    • designing and implementing effective traditional, creative and sustainable engineering solutions
    • demonstrating effective communication, teamwork and leadership skills
    • demonstrating individual, professional and social responsibility through lifelong learning, community service and pursuing professional engineering licensure.
    • An ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
    • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data from living and non-living systems.
    • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
    • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
    • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
    • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
    • An ability to communicate effectively.
    • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
    • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
    • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
    • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
    • Identifying and solving technical problems as members and leaders of the design build team
    • Understanding and incorporating the social, political, and economic aspects of technical problems in their solutions
    • Recognizing and understanding their professional and personal obligations in society
    • Pursuing lifelong learning and professional development
    • an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
    • an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
    • can ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
    • an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
    • an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
    • an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
    • an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
    • an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
    • an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
    • a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
    • commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
    • CIVT555 Foundation Design and Construction
    • CIVT575 Municipal Planning
    • MATH620 Applied Calculus and Differential Equations I
    • CIVT417 Design for the Environment
    • CIVT562 Earthwork and Construction
    • CIVT215 Water Resources Design Management
    • MATH620 Applied Calculus and Differential Equations I
  • Department Vision and Mission Statement

    Civil engineers are entrusted by society to create a sustainable future and enhance the world’s quality of life as planners, designers, constructors, and operators of society’s economic and social engine – the built environment; as stewards of the natural environment and its resources; as innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic sectors; as managers of risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats; and as leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy. The civil engineering curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter this exciting and dynamic profession; pursue advanced studies; and become a licensed professional civil engineer. Civil engineers have many career opportunities in both the private and public sectors of society depending on their interests.

    Degree Programs

    Civil Engineering: Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

    Program Mission

    The mission of the Civil Engineering (BSCE) program is to provide a high quality undergraduate education that prepares graduates with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to successfully begin a career in the civil engineering profession and continue to grow professionally and personally throughout their career.

    Educational Objectives

    Graduates of the civil engineering program will strive to solve problems within a societal context by:

    Educational Outcomes

    Graduates should demonstrate the following outcomes (ABET, Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs, 2012-2013 Accreditation Cycle):

    In addition to the above educational outcomes, the educational experience (classroom, lab, and extra curricula activities) of the students addresses the baccalaureate degree outcomes described by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in their report “Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century: Preparing the Civil Engineer for the Future” (Second Edition, 2008). This report is based on a broad based and continuing dialogue by the civil engineering profession that has been facilitated and lead by ASCE. The dialogue recognizes the need for change in the preparation of civil engineers for professional practice and is decades old. It reached a tipping point for ASCE in 1998 when the ASCE Board of Trustees approved Policy Statement 465: “Academic Prerequisites for Licensure and Professional Practice”. The future of the civil engineering profession is also described in ASCE’s Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025. These documents are available at www.asce.org.

    Freshman Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    CHEM380 Engineering Chemistry 3 2 4
    ENGLISH English Sequence† 4 0 4
    CIVE105 Intro to Civil Engineering 2 2 3
    CIVE110 Trends Shaping the Future 2 2 3
    MATH285 Engineering Calculus I 4 0 4
    Total 15 6 18
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    CIVE170 CAD in Civil Engineering 2 2 3
    CIVE150 Intro to Civil Engineering Design 2 2 3
    PHYS310 Engineering Physics I 3 2 4
    ENGLISH English Sequence† 3 0 3
    MATH295 Engineering Calculus II 4 0 4
    Total 14 6 17

    Sophomore Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    MATH515 Multivariable Calculus 4 0 4
    CIVE207 Statics and Mechanics of Materials I 3 0 3
    CIVE220 Intro to Geomatics 2 2 3
    ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
    PHYS320 Engineering Physics II 3 2 4
    Total 14 6 17
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    MATH625 Differential Equations 4 0 4
    CIVE255 Statics & Mechanics of Materials II 2 2 3
    ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
    CIVE240 Civil Engineering Materials 2 2 3
    ELECTIVE Science Elective - - 3
    Total - - 16
    Summer Semester Course R L C
    COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

    Note: Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed all prerequisite courses above or have received permission from the department to enroll in upper-level courses.

    Junior Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    CIVE340 Fluid Mechanics 3 0 3
    CIVE372 Soil Mechanics 3 0 3
    CIVE380 Structural Analysis 3 0 3
    CIVE410 Environmental Engineering 3 0 3
    ELECTIVE Civil Engineering Elective 3 0 3
    Total 15 0 15
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
    Summer Semester Course R L C
    CIVEXXX Hydraulic Engineering 2 2 3
    MATH505 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4 0 4
    CIVEXXX Highway Engineering 2 2 3
    ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
    ELECTIVE Civil Engineering Elective 2 2 3
    Total 14 6 17

    Senior Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    CIVEXXX Civil Engineering Design Projects 2 2 3
    MGMT510 Engineering Economy 3 0 3
    ELECTIVE Civil Engineering Elective/Graduate CE Elective 2 2 3
    ELECTIVE Civile Engineering Elective 2 2 3
    ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
    Total 13 6 16
    Summer Semester Course R L C
    CIVEXXX Civil Engineering Capstone Design 1 6 4
    COMM400 Technical Communications 3 0 3
    ELECTIVE Civil Engineering Elective/Graduate CE Elective 2 2 3
    ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
    ELECTIVE Management Elective 3 0 3
    Total 13 8 17

    R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

    Please refer to the English sequence requirement.

    *Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

    1Courses selected with the Faculty Advisor as necessary to complement and to broaden the student's background.

    Civil Engineering Technology: Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

    Civil Engineering Technologists use basic engineering theory and its practical application to solving broadly defined problems facing society’s infrastructure. The civil engineering technology curriculum is designed to give students valuable technical skills such as surveying and field tests; and preparing them to become productive members of engineering or construction teams. Graduates pursue a variety of careers, including positions with engineering consulting companies, state or federal government agencies, local municipalities, construction firms, and architecture/surveying companies.

  • Please note that this is the last year the Civil Engineering Technology program will admit new students.

    Program Mission

    The mission of the Civil Engineering Technology (BCET) program is to provide a high quality undergraduate education that prepares graduates with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to begin a successful career in the civil engineering profession and to continue to grow personally throughout their career.

    Educational Objectives

    Graduates of the civil engineering technology program will strive to solve problems within a societal context by:

    Educational Outcomes

    Graduates should demonstrate the following outcomes (ABET, Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology Programs, 2012-2013 Accreditation Cycle):

    Freshman Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    CIVE105 Introduction to Civil Engineering 3 2 4
    CIVE110 Trends Shaping the Future 3 2 4
    CHEM360 Chemistry I 3 2 4
    ENGLISH English Sequence† 4 0 4
    MATH205 College Mathematics I 4 0 4
    Total 17 4 19
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    CONM118 Construction Graphics 1 4 3
    CIVTXXX Fundamentals of Construction - - 3
    ENGLISH English Sequence† 3 0 3
    MATH250 Precalculus 4 0 4
    PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
    Total

    -

    -

    17

    Sophomore Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    CIVT202 Surveying for Civil Engineering Technology 2 4 4
    CIVT210 Structural Mechanics I 3 2 4
    COMM400 Technical Communication 3 0 3
    ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
    MATH280 Calculus I 4 0 4
    Total 15 6 18
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
    CIVT310 Structural Mechanics II 2 2 3
    CIVT360 Materials Testing and Quality Control 2 4 4
    CIVT405 Dynamics 3 0 3
    MATH290 Calculus II 4 0 4
    Total 14 6 17
    Summer Semester Course R L C
    COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

    Junior Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    CIVT472 Structural Analysis 3 2 4
    CIVT480 Soil Mechanics 3 2 4
    CIVT440 Applied Fluid Mechanics 3 2 4
    CIVT350 Env. Topics for Design & Const. 3 0 3
    MATH495 Applied Calculus and Differential Equations OR
    MATH510 Calculus III1 4 0 4
    Total 16 6 19
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    COOP 400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
    Summer Semester Course R L C
    CIVT455 Hydraulic Design 3 2 4
    ELECTIVE Technical Elective II - - 3 or 4
    ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
    CIVT510 Structural Steel Design 2 2 3
    Total - - 14 or 15

    Senior Year

    Fall Semester Course R L C
    COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
    Spring Semester Course R L C
    CIVT460 Highway and Pavement Design 2 4 4
    CIVT585 Reinforced Concrete Design 2 2 3
    CIVT340 Water and Wastewater Treatment 2 2 3
    ELECTIVE Technical Elective I - - 4
    ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
    Total - - 18
    Summer Semester Course R L C
    CIVT660 Senior Design 0 8 4
    ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
    CIVT630 Professional Practice 3 0 3
    ELECTIVE Technical Elective II - - 3 or 4
    Total - - 14/15

    R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

    Please refer to the English sequence requirement.

    *Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

    1 Students who take MATH510 Calculus III must take MATH620 Applied Calculus and Differential Equations as one of their Technical Electives.

    Elective I (Spring):

    Elective II (Summer):

    Electives will only be offered if there is sufficient student interest and enrollment.

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