Civil Engineering, B.S. (Capital)

Program Code: CECA_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, students must satisfy the following requirements by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

  • Completed 29-55 cumulative credits (credits completed at Penn State for which a quality letter grade was earned)
  • Completed with a C or better the following courses: EDSGN 100, CHEM 110, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211
  • Attained at least a 2.6 cumulative grade point average

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, a minimum of 127 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 109

27 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
GEOSC 1Physical Geology3
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2
STAT 401Experimental Methods3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CE 310Surveying3
CE 321Highway Engineering3
CE 332Professionalism, Economics & Construction Project Delivery3
CE 335Engineering Mechanics of Soils3
CE 336Materials Science for Civil Engineers3
CE 340Structural Analysis3
CE 360Fluid Mechanics3
CE 370Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
EDSGN 100Cornerstone Engineering Design3
EMCH 211Statics3
EMCH 212Dynamics3
EMCH 213Strength of Materials3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
CE 337Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory 11
or CE 475 Water Quality Chemistry
CHE 220Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 23
or ME 201 Introduction to Thermal Science
CMPSC 200Programming for Engineers with MATLAB Keystone/General Education Course3
or CMPSC 201 Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:1
Topics and Contemporary Issues in Civil and Environmental Engineering: First-Year Seminar
1 credit of First-Year Seminar or Elective
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6 credits of the following: 36
Design of Concrete Structures
Design of Steel Structures
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Structural Design of Foundations
Structural Analysis by Matrix Methods
Water-resource Engineering
Open Channel Hydraulics
Water Quality Chemistry
Solid and Hazardous Wastes
Environmental Microbiology for Engineers
Select 3 credits of CE 400 level "W" courses3
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 100AEffective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
or CAS 100B Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 30H Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits of technical elective from CE 300-level courses, CE 400-level courses, or department list12

Integrated B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering

Available at the following campuses: Harrisburg

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Program Educational Objectives

The objective of the Civil Engineering program is to prepare students for a wide range of career paths that use civil engineering principles and methodologies. A curriculum is provided that prepares our recent graduates to:

  • begin and sustain a career in consulting, industry, or state and federal government agencies, such as the departments of transportation and departments of environmental protection;
  • lead and work in interdisciplinary teams needed to design sustainable and resilient infrastructure through knowledge and application of environmental, geotechnical, materials, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering;
  • engage in life-long learning opportunities, including graduate school; and
  • obtain and maintain professional licensure

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes)

The undergraduate program will provide students with:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
  10. knowledge of contemporary issues in civil engineering;
  11. an ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills, and tools necessary for engineering practice.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.



Seroj Mackertich, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Olmsted Building, W236
Middletown, PA 17057

University Park

Brenton Hockenberry
Undergraduate Programs Assistant
218 Sackett Building
University Park, PA 16802

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Civil Engineering, B.S. at Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
ENGL 15 or 30H3General Education Course3
EDSGN 100 or 100S3ECON 102 or 1043
CHEM 110*#†3CAS 1003
CHEM 1111MATH 141*#†4
MATH 140*#†4PHYS 211*#†4
CE 100S1 
 15 17
Second Year
General Education Course3General Education Course3
GEOSC 13CMPSC 121, 200, or 2013
EMCH 211*3EMCH 212*3
PHYS 212*4EMCH 213*3
MATH 251*4MATH 2202
 ENGL 202C3
 17 17
Third Year
CE 310*3(C)(S)(G)(T) CE 3413
CE 336*3CE 321*3
(C)(S)(G)(T)(E) CE 3371CE 360*3
CE 340*3CE 370*3
STAT 4013CE 335*3
CE 332*3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 17.5 16.5
Fourth Year
General Education Course3General Education Course3
CE 3XX/CE 4XX - CE Elective3ME 2013
ENVE 4173CE 4XXW Capstone Design3
CE 3XX/CE 4XX - CE Elective3Technical Elective3
Technical Elective3 
 15 12
Total Credits 127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

  • Students may select a concentration in one of the following areas: Construction (C), Structural (S), Environmental (E), Transportation (T), or General (G).
  • Entrance to Major Requirements:
    • CHEM 110, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 (with a grade of "C" or better)
    • Completed minimum of 29.1 credits
    • Minimum GPA: 2.00
  • Graduation in this major requires a minimum of 127 total credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

Concentration List

Technical elective and elective courses can be selected from the following lists or from any other 300/400 Civil Engineering courses. Other 400-level engineering courses may be accepted with permission of the program coordinator. Students must carefully plan their program of study including course prerequisites and semester offerings. Students should check their degree audit and seek advice from their academic adviser. 

  • CE 341 - Design of Concrete Structures
  • CE 342 - Design of Steel Structures
  • CE 422 - Transportation Planning
  • CE 423 - Traffic Operations
  • CE 424 - Project Information Modeling
  • CE 435 - Foundation Engineering
  • CE 436 - Construction Engineering Materials
  • CE 441 - Structural Design of Foundations
  • CE 445 - Advanced Structural Analysis
  • CE 447 - Structural Analysis by Matrix Methods
  • CE 449 - Advanced Structural Design
  • CE 462 - Open Channel Hydraulics
  • CE 475 - Water Quality Chemistry
  • CE 497 - Special Topics
  • EMCH 400 - Advanced Strength of Materials and Design
  • EMCH 461 - Finite Elements in Engineering
  • ENVE 411 - Water Supply and Pollution Control
  • ENVE 415 - Hydrology
  • ENVE 430 - Sustainable Engineering
  • ENVE 470 - Air Quality

Career Paths

Our graduates work in a variety of fields to develop solutions for challenges in design, construction, research, and education. Civil engineering graduates work in the public sector for government agencies or in the private sector at consulting or construction firms. Some civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, while others pursue careers in design, construction, or education.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Our graduate degree programs give students a stronger foundation in civil or environmental engineering that helps prepare them to apply their skills across a broad range of disciplines in both academia and industry. If you wish to develop and expand your expertise, you will have ample opportunity to do so here. Our first-rate faculty collectively possess a deep and broad range of knowledge that provides an ideal environment for interdisciplinary work. Whether your passion calls you to start your own business, pursue the next ground-breaking innovation, or help solve a humanitarian crisis, our graduate degree programs can take you closer to your goals.

Professional Resources


The baccalaureate program in Civil Engineering at Harrisburg is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.,

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.



Olmsted Building, W236
Middletown, PA 17057

University Park

218 Sackett Building
University Park, PA 16802