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Civil Engineering

Tomorrow’s infrastructure starts with today’s imagination.

Majoring in Civil Engineering is a first step in a rewarding career with countless opportunities. Civil engineering jobs can involve design, construction, managerial responsibilities, operations, maintenance, and much more — throughout both the public and private sectors. This meaningful work has an impact on the everyday lives of people across the globe. Roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and even water and sanitation systems rely on the expertise of civil engineers to function properly. 

At York College, our bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering offers a broad-based education to prepare you for work in any aspect of civil or environmental engineering. Coursework emphasizes sustainable engineering and design practices, ensuring that graduates are ready to contribute to in-demand roles now and in the future. 

Along with personalized instruction, you’ll participate in hands-on projects and three semesters of full-time work experience through York College’s Engineering Co-Op Program. As you build your resume, you’ll also have support from a group of passionate faculty who are committed to undergraduate research and education.

Get to know Scott Hamilton, associate professor of Civil Engineering. Download a transcript of this video.
Students in a civil engineering classroom work together to build a model bridge out of plastic pieces

Your future in Civil engineering

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, students "who gain experience by participating in a co-op program while in college will have the best opportunities" as this industry adds an expected 5,500 jobs from 2019-2029. As a York College Civil Engineering major, you'll be trained for possible careers such as:
  • Structural engineering – focusing on the design of various structures including roads, bridges, buildings, tunnels, canals, and dams.
  • Environmental engineering – concerned with prevention, control, and remediation of various contaminants and wastes and with the design of green buildings and sustainable systems.
  • Construction engineering – involved with planning, managing and scheduling construction projects to ensure they are built safely in accordance with plans and specifications.
  • Water resources engineering – dealing with the storage, distribution, and management of water within the natural and urban infrastructure, including the design of water and wastewater conveyance systems, storm water controls, and erosion and sedimentation plans.
  • ...as well as transportation engineering – focusing on the design, planning and construction of transportation systems, or geotechnical engineering – working with the earth, rock and soil that supports all structures

York College offers you the opportunity to design your own programthrough civil electives

  • Sample Course Schedule
     FALL TERMSPRING TERMSUMMER TERM
    1st Year

    Calculus I (4)

    General Chemistry I (3)

    General Chemistry I Lab (1)

    First Year Seminar (3)

    EPADS I (2)

    Gen NEXT Course * (3)

    Calculus II (4)

    Engr Physics – Mechanics (5)

    Rhetorical Communication (3)

    Computational Methods in Engineering (2)

    Site Civil with Lab (4)
    Summer Break
    2nd Year

    Differential Equations (4)

    Statics (3)

    Sustainable Engineering (3)

    Physics/Chem Elective** (4/5)

    Gen NEXT Course * (3)

    Probability & Statistics (3)

    Strengths of Materials (3)

    Materials & Solids Lab (1)

    Environmental Engineering (3) Environmental Engineering Lab (1)

    2 x Gen NEXT Course * (6)

    Engr Career Seminar (1)
    CO-OP 1 (2)
    3rd Year

    Fluid Mechanics (3)

    Fluid Mechanics Lab (1)

    Structural Analysis (4)

    Construction Engineering (3)

    Science Elective (3)

    Gen NEXT*/ Constellation† (3)
    CO-OP II (2)

    Hydraulics & Hydrology (3)

    Hydraulics & Hydrology Lab (1)

    Intro to Geotechnical Engr (3)

    Intro to Geotechnical Engr  Lab (1)

    Transportation Engineering (3)

    Gen NEXT*/ Constellation† (3)

    4th Year  CO-OP III (2)

    Capstone Design I (3)

    Prof. Development Seminar (1)

    Engineering Elective‡ (3)

    Engineering Elective‡ (3/4)

    Infrastructure Engineering (3)

    Gen NEXT*/ Constellation† (3)

    Capstone Design II (3)

    Engineering Elective‡ (3)

    Engineering Elective‡ (3)

    Gen NEXT*/ Constellation† (3)

    Gen NEXT*/ Constellation† (3)

    ‡ Engineering electives (4) are chosen from the following:

    • CVE 410 Engineering Economics
    • CVE 440 Advanced Structural Analysis
    • CVE 442 Design of Steel Structures
    • CVE444/445 Design of Concrete Structures
    • CVE 450 Advanced Water Chemistry
    • CVE 454 Pollution and Waste
    • CVE 458 Water Treatment Process Design
    • CVE 462 Advanced Water Resources Engineering
    • CVE 480 Construction Cost Estimating
    • CVE 482 Advanced Construction Methods
    • CVE 498 Independent Study I
    • CVE 499 Independent Study II
    • CVE 495/496/497 Special Topics in Civil Engineering
    • ME 260/261 Materials Science and Lab
    • ME 450 Finite Element Analysis
    • PS 327 Environmental Law**
    • WRT 321 Document Design**
    • WRT 352 Rhetoric of Science**

    **Student may only count up to one non-Engineering course as an engineering elective

  • Required Courses for the B.S. in Civil Engineering

    * Gen NEXT Requirements (33 credit hours)

    • FYS 100: First Year Seminar (3)
    • FCO 105: Rhetorical Communication (3)
    • Foundations – American Citizenship (3)
    • Foundations – Global Citizenship (3) [OR] two semesters of the same foreign language
    • Disciplinary Perspectives – Arts (3)
    • Disciplinary Perspectives – Humanities (3)
    • Disciplinary Perspectives – Social / Behavioral Sciences (3)
    • † Four Constellation Courses (12)
      • Choose four from one topic

     

    ** Science and Mathematics Components (31/32 credit hours)

    • CHM 134: General Chemistry I (3)
    • CHM 135: General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • PHY 160: Engineering Physics – Mechanics (5)
    • Elective | PHY 260: Engineering Physics – E&M (5) [OR] CHM 136: Chemistry II (4)
    • Elective | BIO 204: Exploring Biology (3) [OR] BIO 212: Environmental Biology (3) [OR] BIO218: Plants and People (3) [OR] ESS 254: Local Perspectives on Geologic World (3)
    • MAT 171: Calculus I (4)
    • MAT 172: Calculus II (4)
    • MAT 272: Differential Equations (4)
    • MAT 350: Probability & Statistics (3)                                        

     

    Engineering Components (73/74 credit hours)

    • EGR 100: Engineering Practice and Design Studio (EPADS) (2)
    • EGR 150: Computational Methods in Engineering (2)
    • EGR 250: Statics (3)
    • EGR 264/265: Strengths of Materials (3) and Materials & Solids Lab (1)
    • EGR 290: Engineering Career Training Preparation (1)
    • EGR 360: Fluid Mechanics (3)
    • CVE 491: Co-op I (2)
    • CVE 492: Co-op II (2)
    • CVE 493: Co-op III (2)
    • CVE 210: Sustainable Engineering (3)
    • CVE 280/281: Site Civil (3) and Site Civil Lab (1) 
    • CVE 300: Infrastructure Engineering (3)
    • CVE 320: Transportation Engineering (3)
    • CVE 330/331: Geotechnical Engineering (3) and Geotechnical Engineering Lab (1)
    • CVE 340: Structural Engineering (4)
    • CVE 350/351: Environmental Engineering (3) and Environmental Engineering Lab (1)
    • CVE 361: Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics Lab (1)
    • CVE 362/363: Hydraulics & Hydrology (3) and Hydrology Lab (1)
    • CVE 380: Construction Engineering (3)
    • CVE 400: Design of Civil Systems I (3)
    • CVE 402: Design of Civil Systems II (3)
    • CVE 405: Professional Development Seminar (1)

      Four electives (12/13) from list

     

Civil Engineering Center ribbon cutting ceremony
Civil Engineering Center
The Civil Engineering Center opened in 2018. The Center provides engineering students with state-of-the-art classroom and lab spaces to gain hands-on, practical experience.
Computer Science Lab
Computer Science Labs
Use our visualization lab and the 3-D projection system for your senior design projects. Take advantage of the high-performance Linux cluster in the Software Engineering Lab and its 24 PCs.
York College engineering professors use hands-on learning with professional equipment.
Engineering Labs
We offer seven specialized lab settings: Automation and Robotics; Electronic Instrumentation; Embedded Systems; Signal Processing and Communication; Power Systems and Energy Conversion; Thermodynamics, Fluids and Heat Transfer; and Materials Science and Engineering.
The Kinsley Engineering Center has a full machine technology lab with metal and woodworking equipment
Harry E.Zumbrun Machining Technology Lab
We’ve dedicated 5,500-square feet for industry-standard machines and power tools of all sizes. You’ll get to start using them freshman year, learning shop safety and basic operation. You’ll have access to our weld shop and wood shop, too.

Enrollment by Program (Fall 2020) — This is the total enrollment (all class years, full time and part time) from the fall 2019 official student "snapshot."

  • Civil Engineering: 97

Number of Degrees Conferred  This is the number of degrees conferred for Civil Engineering program in August 2020. 

  • Civil Engineering: 13

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Contact Us
Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department
Stephen Kuchnicki, Ph.D.
Chair, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department
Kinsley Engineering Center, Room 102
Phone: 717.815.1547
skuchnic@ycp.edu