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Civil Engineering Technology BS degree

Maureen Valentine, Interim Department Chair
585-475-7398, msvite@rit.edu

Gretchen Wainwright, Undergraduate Coordinator
585-475-4175, glwite@rit.edu

Program overview

The civil engineering technology major prepares students for employment in the fields of civil engineering, construction management, and other closely related professions. Students learn civil engineering technology fundamentals from faculty members who have years of practical, professional, on-the-job experience. The major is focused on applied engineering, where students work in various laboratory settings to learn about theory, how design parameters are determined, and how to best utilize state-of-the-art equipment and engineering software. In addition, students are prepared to pursue advanced education, certification, or professional licensure. Course work and co-curricular activities are designed to broaden students' involvement in organizations within and outside their profession. These objectives are achieved through a broad-based curriculum that offers students a choice of numerous elective paths in the discipline that meets specific career interests.

Plan of study

The major includes two technical electives and two free electives that can be used to gain additional depth or breadth in civil engineering or construction management. In addition, students may choose to utilize electives to pursue a minor outside of the civil engineering technology major or a professional option within the major.

Professional options

While choosing an option is not required, to gain a deep understanding in one particular focus area, students may choose to pursue one of three professional options in construction management, structural design, or water resources. Professional options consist of three courses chosen by the student.

Construction management

The construction management option is ideal for students who have an interest in courses related to the business, management, and technical aspects related to construction.

Structural design

The structural design option provides a focus in structural design and the use of different types of structures and materials. It also introduces related design codes.

Water resources

The water resources option is for students who have an interest in courses related to water treatment, wastewater treatment, hydrology, and the environment.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education, or co-op, is an increasingly valuable integrated, co-curricular experience required by many programs in the college. Students gain real-world experience and make life-long professional connections while earning a salary, which may help offset college costs. Engineering technology students are required to complete four co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer terms, alternating periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in their career field. In some circumstances other forms of experiential education, such as study abroad, research, or military service, may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op adviser to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.

Accreditation

The civil engineering technology major is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Curriculum

Civil engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CVET-140 Materials of Construction 2
CVET-141 Materials of Construction Lab 1
MATH-111 LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Pre-Calculus 3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): Physics I with Lab 4
CVET-180 Civil Engineering Graphics 2
CVET-181 Civil Engineering Graphics Lab 1
CVET-210 Statics 3
CVET-150 Computer Aided Design and Drafting 2
PHYS-112 Physics II 4
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Calculus A 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
  First Year Writing  3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CVET-160 Surveying 3
CVET-161 Surveying Lab 1
CVET-220 Strength of Materials 4
MATH-172 Calculus B 3
CVET-170 Elements of Building Construction 3
CVET-230 Elementary Structures 3
CVET-240 Elementary Soil Mechanics 3
CVET-241 Elementary Soil Mechanics Lab 1
MATH-211 Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
Third Year
CVET-250 Hydraulics  3
CVET-251 Hydraulics Lab 1
CVET-300 Land Development Computer Applications 2
CVET-332 Structural Analysis with STAAD 4
COMM-142 Introduction to Technical Communication (WI) 3
ENGT-299 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
CVET-499 Cooperative Education (spring, summer) Co-op
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
Fourth Year
CVET-440 Foundation Engineering 3
Choose one of the following course sequences: 6
   CVET-431    Structural Design–Steel  
   CVET-432    Structural Design–Reinforced Concrete  
   or    
     Technical Electives  
CHMG-142 General And Analytical Chemistry II 3
CVET-450 Principles of Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
CVET-400 Transportation Engineering  2
CVET-401 Transportation Engineering Lab 1
CVET-437 Principles of Dynamics in Civil Engineering Technology 2
CVET-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
  LAS Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
Fifth Year
CVET-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
CVET-500 Civil Engineering Technology Capstone (WI) 3
  Technical Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
  LAS Math or Science Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 128

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Professional options

Construction management
Choose three of the following:
   CVET-424    Building Information Modeling with Revit
   CVET-461    Construction Cost Estimating I
   CVET-462    Construction Project Management
   CVET-464    Construction Planning, Scheduling, and Control
   CVET-465    Contracts and Specifications
   CVET-505    Sustainable Building Design and Construction
   ESHS-225    Construction Safety
Structural design
Required courses
CVET-431 Structural Design–Steel
CVET-432 Structural Design–Reinforced Concrete
Choose two of the following:
   CVET-433    Structural Timber Design
   CVET-434    Design of Highway Bridges
   CVET-435    Pre-stressed Concrete
   CVET-436    Masonry Structures
Water resources
Choose three of the following:
   CVET-423    Geospatial Information Systems for CETEMS
   CVET-451    Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment
   CVET-452    Groundwater Hydraulics
   CVET-453    Stormwater Management

Admission requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
  • Chemistry or physics required; biology recommended
  • Technology electives desirable

SAT (EBRW+M)
1190 -1350

ACT Composite
25-31

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Civil, construction, environmental, architectural, transportation, or surveying technology; engineering science

Additional information

Graduates

Our graduates can be found working in consulting engineering firms; construction and construction management companies; and government agencies at the local, regional, and national level. Initial job titles may include junior engineer, project manager, project engineer, estimator, junior structural engineer, construction inspector, project coordinator, or superintendent. Many graduates pursue advanced degrees, and a large number have gained registration in several states as professional engineers. Some manage their own consulting firms.

Industrial Advisory Board

The Industrial Advisory Board is comprised of local and regional industry leaders from consulting, construction, and the municipal market. These advisory board members share their professional and technical expertise to enhance the engineering technology program and strengthen its development.




Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

Using the language of codes, working drawings, and specifications, students in the civil engineering technology program learn how to translate the innovative concepts of the engineer into functioning systems and structures. The program prepares students for employment in the fields of civil engineering technology, construction management, or any of the many closely related fields. In addition, the program teaches the skills necessary for graduates to pursue additional education, certification, or professional licensure. The program also encourages students to grow in responsibility and leadership through course work and extracurricular activities designed to broaden their involvement in organizations within and outside their profession. These objectives are achieved through a broad-based curriculum that offers students a choice of five elective paths that meet specific career interests.

Accreditation

The civil engineering technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, and is operated as a cooperative education program.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Civil engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0608-051 Introduction to Civil Engineering Technology 1
1016-230 Precalculus 4
0608-211 Engineering Graphics with CAD 4
0608-330 Materials of Construction 4
1016-231 Calculus for Engineering Technology I 4
1017-211, 212, 271, 272 College Physics I, II, and Labs 8
0608-225 Problem Solving and Communication with Computers 2
0610-302 Introduction to Statics 4
0608-220 Civil Engineering Graphics 4
  Liberal Arts* 16
  Wellness Education† 1
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
Second Year
1017-213, 273 College Physics III and Lab 4
0608-320 Plane Surveying 4
0535-403 Effective Technical Communication 4
0610-303 Strength of Materials 4
0608-360 Elementary Soil Mechanics 4
0608-422 Elements of Building Construction 4
1016-232 Calculus for Engineering Technology II 4
0608-340 Route Surveying 4
0608-380 Elementary Structures 4
1016-304 Differential Equations for Engineering Technology 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
0608-199 Introduction to Civil Engineering Technology, Transfer 1
0608-420, 421 Hydraulics, Lab (or Technical Elective) 4
0608-304 Structural Loads and Systems 2
0608-303 Land Development Computer Applications 2
  Math Elective 4
0608-305 Structural Computer Applications 2
0608-404 Applied Mechanics of Materials 4
  Technical Elective 2
1011-271 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
1011-205 Chemistry I Lab 1
  Liberal Arts* 8
0606-099 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0608-432 Water and Wastewater Transport Systems 2
0608-490 Structural Analysis 4
1011-272, 276 Chemistry of Water and Wastewater and Lab 4
  Technical Electives 8
0608-438 Principles of Water and Wastewater Treatment 4
0608-496 or 0608-497 Structural Design 4
0608-527, 528 Soil Mechanics and Foundations and Lab 4
0608-546 Professional Principles and Practices 1
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0608-530 Transportation Engineering 4
  Free Electives 12
1017-359 Technology Electronics 4
0617-436 Engineering Economics 4
0608-570 Principles of Dynamics in Civil Engineering Technology 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 206

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Civil engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CVET-140 Materials of Construction 2
CVET-141 Materials of Construction Lab 1
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
MATH-111 LAS Perspective 7A: Pre-Calculus 3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 6: Physics I and Lab 4
  LAS Perspective 1 3
CVET-210 Statics 3
CVET-150 Computer Aided Design and Drafting 3
PHYS-112 Physics II 4
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus A 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar  3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CVET-160 Surveying 3
CVET-161 Surveying Lab 1
CVET-180 Civil Engineering Graphics 2
CVET-181 Civil Engineering Graphics Lab 1
CVET-220 Strength of Materials 4
  LAS Perspective 2 3
MATH-172 Calculus B 3
CVET-170 Elements of Building Construction 3
CVET-230 Elementary Structures 3
CVET-240 Elementary Soil Mechanics 3
CVET-241 Elementary Soil Mechanics Lab 1
MATH-211 Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
CHMG-121 LAS Perspective 5: Chemical Principles and Applications 3
Third Year
CVET-250 Hydraulics 3
CVET-251 Hydraulics Lab 1
CVET-300 Land Development Computer Applications 3
CVET-330 Structural Analysis and Dynamics 4
  LAS Perspective 3 3
COMM-203 Effective Technical Communication 3
CVET-299 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
CVET-440 Foundation Engineering 3
  Structural Design Technical Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
CHMG-122 Chemistry of Water and Wastewater 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
Choose one of the following: 3
     Structural Design Elective  
     Technical Elective  
CVET-450 Principles of Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
CVET-400 Transportation Engineering 2
CVET-401 Transportation Engineering Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 4 3
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
CVET-500 Civil Engineering Technology Capstone (WI) 3
  Technical Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
  LAS Math or Science Elective 4
  LAS Immersion 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 128

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Technical electives

Students will take at least two electives from one of the sequences shown. Other electives may be chosen from within that sequence, from another sequence, or from the other electives shown. With departmental approval, technical electives may be selected from courses in other colleges. Also, independent study projects may be pursued for credit in cases where students demonstrate unusual ability and obtain sponsorship of a faculty adviser.

Courses Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
Water resources
0608-482 Stormwater Management 4
0608-485 Hydraulic Structures 4
0608-480 Groundwater Hydraulics 4
Environmental controls
0608-510 Design of Water Treatment Facilities  2
0608-514 Land Use Planning 4
0608-511 Design of Wastewater Treatment Facilities 2
0608-525 Resource Recovery/Waste Management 4
Construction management
0608-500 Labor Relations 2
0608-509 Cost Estimating 4
0608-560 Construction Project Management 4
0608-544 Contracts and Specifications 2
Structures
0608-470 Timber Design 4
0608-496 Reinforced Concrete Design 4
0608-497 Structural Steel Design 4
Building and heavy construction
0608-460 Construction Equipment 2
0608-505 Construction Safety 2
0608-535 Pavement Design 4
0608-444 Mechanical Equipment 2
Other electives
1016-319 Data Analysis 4
0610-440 Applied Thermodynamics 4
0630-370, 372 Environmental Geology, Lab 4

Additional information

Industry board

The Industry Advisory Board is comprised of local and regional industry leaders from consulting, construction, and the municipal market. These advisory board members share their professional and technical expertise to enhance the engineering technology program and strengthen its development.

Graduates

Consulting engineers; construction companies and industries; and federal, state, and local government agencies employ engineering technology graduates both nationally and internationally. Their initial job titles range from assistant project manager, structural designer, or junior engineer to construction inspector and environmental engineer. Many graduates pursue advanced degrees, a large number have gained registration in several states as professional engineers, and many manage their own consulting firms.