Feb 07, 2023  
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Civil Engineering, BS

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Civil engineers use imagination, creativity, and technical expertise to design, construct, and maintain the physical and operational infrastructure systems that keep society functioning.  Buildings, bridges,  railroads, airports,  highways,  mass transit systems, dams, waste disposal facilities, environmental  protection systems, water supplies, harbors and beaches are some of the results of civil engineering work. This wide range of projects makes civil engineering graduates well positioned for productive careers.

Widener’s civil engineering program provides a broad-based  education  in a supportive  environment  that encourages  inquisitive, analytical, and creative thinking, while exposing students to real-world practical aspects of the civil engineering profession. Faculty  members  have  an earned  doctorate, or a professional engineering  license - most have both. And all advise and mentor students and actively encourage questions in and out of class. The civil engineering  curriculum  can easily be combined with a minor in environmental  engineering or  mechanical  engineering. Minors in business or liberal arts are also available.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of Widener’s civil engineering program are expected to:

  • Perform successfully in Civil Engineering practice by utilizing technical, organizational, and business skills to meet the needs of their employers, clients, and communities
  • Demonstrate commitment to professionalism in engineering practice by pursuing appropriate professional licensure and certifications
  • Communicate and interact effectively with diverse groups of co-workers, other professionals, and the public
  • Expand professional competency by engaging in continuous learning through pursuits such as graduate studies or continuing professional development
  • Contribute to the advancement of the profession and the community through involvement with appropriate organizations and activities.

Student Outcomes

Over the course of their studies, graduates of the program shall have demonstrated:

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

Curriculum Sequence


Fall (16.5 Credits)

Spring (16.5 Credits)




Fall (17 Credits)

Spring (15 Credits)

Total Credits: 130

*Students may substitute ENGR 112 - Computer Programming and Engineering Problem Solving  or ENGR 114 - Engineering Graphics and Computer-Aided Design  or ENGR 115 Introduction to Computer Programming Using MATLAB .

**Students may substitute BIOL 219 - Microbiology  , ENVR 171 - Principles of Environmental Science  , ENVR 201 - Environmental Geology  , ENVR 261 - Geographic Information Systems  (for students who have completed ENVR 172  ), or other approved science course with permission of the department chair.

†Students may substitute PHIL 352 - Business Ethics  (W).

††One CE elective must be either CE 330 - Water and Wastewater Treatment  or CE 345 - Structural Analysis II . Choose remaining CE electives from CE 330 Water and Wastewater Treatment CE 345 - Structural Analysis II CE 401 Land Development CE 448 - Municipal and Industrial Waste Engineering , CE 449 - Construction Engineering and Management , CE 453 - Advanced Soil and Rock Engineering , CE 457 - Environmental Impact Analysis , CE 462 - Additional Topics in Structural Design ,and ME 474  /ENGR 474 - Introduction to Finite Element Analysis   . Students in the accelerated BS/MEng program should select two graduate-level courses as their CE electives. 

††A student who wishes to take a graduate course must have a cumulative GPA and a cumulative Tech GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must get the approval of their academic advisor.

Note: Co-op students may take CE 347 Environmental Engineering ENGR 320 - Fluid Mechanics  and ENVR 300 - Geology for Engineers  in different semesters as appropriate.

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at http://Catalog.widener.edu.

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