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9CE - Engineering - Civil

Engineering, School of Undergraduate Bachelor of Science

Program Delivery

Residential Program

Degree Designation

Bachelor of Science

Program Level


Program Type



College of Professional Schools


Program Description

Associate Professors Nadia Al-Aubaidy, Michael Kelley, Tara Kulkarni, Jack Patterson, Adam Sevi, Michael Gangone and Moses Tefe (Chair); Lecturers Mark Atwood and Alaina Roberts.

Civil Engineering, the oldest branch of the engineering profession, utilizes knowledge of mathematics and science, while applying judgment, to design economic means for improving the well-being of humanity: by providing designs for community living, industry, and transportation; and by designing structures for the use of humankind. One of the rare historical records of civil engineering within academia is contained in the first catalogue of this university, dated August 1821. Among the description of offerings to students in 1820 was . . . "Civil Engineering, including the construction of roads, canals, locks and bridges." This institution was thus the first private school in the United States where students were taught engineering as a separate branch of education. Two of its earliest alumni, Alfred W. Craven and Moncure Robinson, were prominent in the formation of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1852.

The Civil & Environmental Engineering field encompasses planning, design, construction, and maintenance of structures, which often includes altering the natural geography to meet human needs. Civil Engineers plan, design, construct, and maintain suspension bridges, dams, tunnels, skyscrapers, the Interstate highway system, airports, ports, shopping centers, residential developments, water delivery and purification facilities, and irrigation systems. During their first two years, students learn the fundamental mathematical and scientific principles essential for engineering analysis and design. Principles of the design process are introduced in the first engineering courses and continually emphasized and practiced in the subsequent engineering courses. The last two years of the curriculum are devoted to providing a sound grounding in five major civil engineering sub-disciplines: water resources, structural, environmental, geotechnical, construction, and transportation. The design experience culminates in the senior year with a major design project. Because laboratory experience is deemed essential to learning, participatory laboratories reinforce principles learned in lectures and permit students to learn through inquiry. To this end, laboratory sections are kept small and require student participation. Use of the computer for both analysis and design is an integral part of the curriculum and the department maintains a computer laboratory for the exclusive use of civil engineering students. Software required for all courses and additional software for student inquiry is available. The curriculum is also strengthened by activities of the Norwich student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and the Society of American Military Engineers.


The mission of the Civil Engineering Program is:

  • Prepare students to excel in civil engineering and related fields.

  • Make clear to students that above all else, the Civil Engineering profession is committed to bettering the world.

  • Provide fundamental, laboratory-oriented (BSCE level only), hands-on education in the civil engineering field.

  • Foster creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities and motivate students to consider the environmental consequences of their work.

  • Enable students to be leaders in their profession, community, nation, and the world.


The Program Educational Objectives of the Civil Engineering Program are to produce graduates who, within two to four years after graduation are able to:

  • Lead project teams in their chosen field of Civil Engineering research, design, construction, or management, progressively rising to positions of technical leadership

  • Be respected and recognized for technical competence in the creation of solutions that balance sustainability, societal and economic issues.

  • Become active citizens in their profession, community, the nation and the world.

  • Communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Actively engage in continuing education throughout life.

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