Jun 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin

Civil Engineering, BS Major in

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission(s) of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Civil and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

Associate Professor Hunter, Program Director

Today’s civil engineer is concerned with a broad spectrum of problems related to the design, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and buildings, and water and energy systems. The B.S. in civil engineering provides thorough preparation and professional training in the fundamentals of engineering and related fields. All degree candidates must register for the Engineering Fundamentals Examination prior to graduation. Two emphases (structural and environmental) are available to the students. The structural and environmental emphases differ from each other in two courses, as outlined below.

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives of the civil engineering program at Hofstra University are to prepare graduates who will:

  1. Become successful practitioners in civil engineering or their chosen professional field.
  2. Apply their technical skills and liberal arts background in a socially responsible manner.
  3. Continue to develop intellectually.
  4. Acclimate to their chosen profession or business environment, where they will have the ability to work in teams and communicate and interact with clients and with the public.

Student Outcomes

Civil engineering graduates will exhibit a range of knowledge, abilities and behaviors prepared to enter and become a successful member of the engineering community.  These include:

  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. 

Civil Engineering Candidates for Graduation Must Fulfill the Following Requirements:

1. Total Semester Hours: Minimum of 131

The successful completion of at least 131 semester hours, excluding Military Science, completed at Hofstra.

2. Liberal Arts Semester Hour Requirement: Minimum of 68

At least 68 semester hours must be completed in the liberal arts, with at least 48 of these semester hours taken outside of Engineering.

3. Residence Requirement

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization and the last 30 semester hours. The 15 semester hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4. General and Major Requirements

The following general and major requirements: WSC 001  or placement examination* and WSC 002 ; 3 hours in literature, literature in translation or comparative literature (chosen from distribution courses designated LT); 3 hours in behavioral social sciences (chosen from distribution courses designated BH), 3 hours in history, philosophy, religion in social sciences (chosen from distribution courses designated HP) and 6 hours in humanities or social sciences. Students transferring in with previous social science/humanities credits may use them in place of distribution requirements in the same category as the transferred credits.

Courses may not be taken on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis. Transfer credit will only count toward the major for engineering courses completed with a minimum grade of C-.

A cumulative average of C or better is required in the courses: ENGG 025 , 028, 047 , 100 , 115, 120, 132, 147 ; a cumulative average of C or better is required in all engineering courses. Reflecting the fact that not all full-time students can and do adhere to a four year time frame for degree completion, the suggested sequence below shows a possible alignment of courses within that compass.

Technical Electives - 6 Semester Hours

Civil engineering students choose technical electives from the following list of courses:


For the structural emphasis, required courses include:


For the environmental emphasis, these courses are replaced by:


*If this requirement is fulfilled by passing the placement examination, three (3) s.h. in the humanities or social sciences should be taken with the adviser’s approval.

**With the adviser’s approval.

Recommended Program Sequence - Total Hours: 131