Civil engineers are responsible for planning, designing, and supervising construction of infrastructure, including buildings, bridges, highways, dams, drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities, airports, etc. The Civil Engineering program has been continuously accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET since 1959. Our undergraduate program provides students with a strong foundation in math, science, and the fundamentals of engineering as well as a broad background in all major areas of the civil engineering  discipline.


The mission of the Civil Engineering program is to:

  • offer high-quality bachelor’s degree in civil engineering that encompasses basic engineering sciences, as well as both traditional and emerging areas of the discipline;
  • prepare graduates to adapt to global and domestic engineering challenges and changing industry practices;
  • foster student-faculty relationships that enrich teaching and learning, develop scholarship, and encourage public service;
  • maintain an academic structure characterized by integrity, and by respect for students, society, the environment, and the civil engineering profession;
  • prepare graduates for, and facilitate, lifelong intellectual and professional development; and
  • contribute to economic prosperity of the region, state, and nation by enhancing the size and competitiveness of the civil engineering workforce.

Program Educational Objectives

The Civil Engineering program will provide graduates with the foundation of knowledge and skills necessary for productive and rewarding careers. Specifically, the program will prepare graduates to:

  1. perform essential functions by incorporating social, ethical, political, economic, and environmental considerations in their professional careers and excel in any sector(s) of civil engineering;
  2. exhibit necessary communication, management, and leadership skills to excel in engineering and non-engineering sectors; and
  3. continue their intellectual, social, and professional growth through life-long learning, including:
    1. graduate study in civil engineering or a related field;
    2. continuing education and professional development;
    3. registration as a Professional Engineer; and
    4. participation in professional and service organizations.

Student Outcomes

Students from the undergraduate program in Civil Engineering at YSU achieve the following outcomes:

  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. the broad education necessary to understand 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. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Description and Accreditation

In the first two years of the program, students take coursework in the fundamentals of engineering, mathematics, and basic science in order to strengthen their technical background and develop intellectual maturity. The  student  then  continues in a broad-based civil engineering program that develops competence in a variety of areas within the discipline. Engineering topics include environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and hydraulic engineering, as well as surveying. In the last two years, students choose elective courses in the various areas of civil engineering based on their academic and career interests.

Instruction on the design process is fully integrated throughout the curriculum to foster the depth of understanding and self-confidence that students will need to think creatively and become productive engineers. The curriculum is based on the belief that students can best develop their creative skills through a series of progressively more demanding design experiences leading up to a major, comprehensive senior-level project.

Students majoring in civil engineering earn the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree.  Graduates are prepared for advanced study at the  master's and doctoral level in engineering or for employment in the engineering  profession.

The program offers the atmosphere of a small school in maintaining close contact between students and faculty. Senior professors serve as academic advisors and are used in all phases of instruction from freshman to graduate courses. All of the program's facilities are located within the modern Moser Hall. The program maintains laboratories for environmental engineering, fluid mechanics, soil mechanics, strength of materials, surveying, and concrete testing. A wide variety of equipment is available to support both teaching and research activities.

The Civil Engineering BE program has been accredited since 1959 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

  • The last campus visit by ABET was October 27 - 29, 2013.
  • The next campus visit by ABET will be in the 2019 - 2020 academic year.

Civil Engineering Annual Enrollment and Graduation Data

Term          Enrollment

Fall 2011           82

Fall 2012          70

Fall 2013          78

Fall 2014          79

Fall 2015          78

Fall 2016         102

Academic Year     Degrees Awarded

2010-2011                      22                  

2011-2012                       29

2012-2013                      16                 

2013-2014                      28

2014-2015                      27

2015-2016                       19

For more information, contact Professor Anwarul Islam, Program Coordinator.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
CHEM 1515
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
ENGR 1500 Engineering Orientation 1
ENGR 1550 Engineering Concepts 2
MATH 1571 Calculus 1 4
GER SS-1: Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Hours17
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
ENGR 1560 Engineering Computing 2
MATH 1572 Calculus 2 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
GER AH-1: Arts & Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
MATH 2673 Calculus 3 4
CEEN 2610
and Surveying Laboratory
CEEN 2601 Statics 3
PHYS 2610 General Physics 1 4
 Semester Hours15
MATH 3705 Differential Equations 3
CEEN 2602
Strength of Materials
and Strength of Materials Lab
GEOL 2611 Geology for Engineers 3
CEEN 2660 Computer Aided Design and Drafting 2
CHEM 1516
General Chemistry 2
or General Physics 2
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
CEEN 3720 Transportation Engineering 3
CEEN 3716
Fluid Mechanics
and Fluid Mechanics Lab
CEEN 3749
Structural Analysis 1
and Structural Analysis 1 Lab
CEEN 3736 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering 3
ISEN 3710 Engineering Statistics 3
 Semester Hours17
CEEN 3717 Hydraulic Design 4
CEEN 4881
Geotechnical Engineering
and Geotechnical Lab
CEEN Elective-1: CE Design Elective 3
GER SS-2: Social Science Elective 3
GER SPA-1: Social & Personal Awareness Elective 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 4
CEEN 5855 Reinforced Concrete Design 3
CEEN 5856 Steel Design 3
CEEN Elective-2: CE Elective 3
CEEN 4812 Construction Management 3
ISEN 3724 Engineering Economy 3
 Semester Hours15
CEEN 4863 Integrated Design Project 3
MECH 2641 Dynamics 3
CEEN Elective-3: CE Elective. May substitute with approval of CE Program Coordinator. 3
GER AH-2: Arts & Humanities Elective. Must take either PHIL 2625 (Prof. Ethics) or PHIL 2626 (Eng. Ethics). 3
GER SPA-2: Social & Personal Awareness Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours127

Cooperative Education/Internship in Civil Engineering

Students, who have successfully completed the sophomore year and meet the additional requirements of the program, are eligible to participate in cooperative education and/or internship. Students participating in either co-op/internship must register for, and successfully complete at least two co-op/internship work periods beginning after the end of the sophomore year. These work periods may be either concurrent or alternating with academic semesters. Participating in co-op/internship typically adds one or two semesters to the degree program. No academic credit is awarded for co-op or internship. Further information on co-op/internship is available in the department office.

CEEN 2601    Statics    3 s.h.

Principles of engineering mechanics as applied to statics with vector applications to forces and moments; centroid and center of gravity; equilibrium; friction; moments of inertia: relationship between loads, stress and strain in tension, compression, torsion and bending.
Prereq.: MATH 1572 and PHYS 2610 or concurrent.

CEEN 2602    Strength of Materials    3 s.h.

Relationships between loads, shear and bending moments in beams; combined stresses in beams; indeterminate beam analysis; virtual load; connections; columns.
Prereq.: CEEN 2601.

CEEN 2602L    Strength of Materials Lab    1 s.h.

Experimental verification of strength of materials; testing: tension, torsion, non-destructive tests of steel; concrete compression and Poisson ration, wood tests.
Prereq.: Concurrent with: CEEN 2602.

CEEN 2610    Surveying    3 s.h.

The theory of surveying and the use of instruments. Problems in leveling, traversing, and topography. Introduction to circular and vertical curves.
Prereq.: MATH 1513 or equivalent.

CEEN 2610L    Surveying Laboratory    1 s.h.

Field surveying principles and techniques. Uses of transit and level are stressed. Three laboratory hours per week.
Prereq.: Concurrent with: CEEN 2610.

CEEN 2660    Computer Aided Design and Drafting    2 s.h.

This course is designed for students who wish to be involved with the civil engineering design fields and for those interested in computer aided design and drafting. Students will be introduced to both traditional and computer aided design and drafting skills. The aim of this course is to introduce students to basic information, skills, and concepts related to drafting and design. Special attention is given to: sketching, measurement, room planning, multi-view drawing, auxiliary views, working drawings, sectional views, orthographic drawings along with AutoCAD tools and commands. The course includes 1 s.h. lecture and 1 s.h. lab.

CEEN 3711    Technology and Society    3 s.h.

A critical exploration of how societal needs affect the creation of technologies and how technology affects society. The course is interdisciplinary in nature and presents various approaches to examining the complex interaction between humans and their tools. Topics include: (1) technology in human history; (2) society, science, and technology development; (3) technology and social change; (4) technology, knowledge, and power; (5) technology, population, and the environment. Listed also as SOC 3789.
Prereq.: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

CEEN 3716    Fluid Mechanics    3 s.h.

Proportions of fluids, fluid statics, kinematics; Bernoulli equation; fluid momentum; laminar and turbulent flow through simple pipes; boundary layers; dimensional analysis and similitude.
Prereq.: CEEN 2602.

CEEN 3716L    Fluid Mechanics Lab    1 s.h.

Experimental verification of the principles of fluid mechanics as applied to incompressible fluid. Three hours laboratory per week. Must be taken concurrently with CEEN 3716.
Prereq.: ENGR 1560, ENGR 1560H.

CEEN 3717    Hydraulic Design    4 s.h.

Analysis of flow in complex pipe systems; pumps; open channel flow; culverts; spillways; storm water drainage. Three hours lecture and three hours of computational laboratory per week.
Prereq.: CEEN 2610 and CEEN 3716.

CEEN 3720    Transportation Engineering    3 s.h.

Introductory survey of transportation topics including transportation systems, vehicular operation and control, and transportation planning techniques; introduction to design of highways, airports, and railroads; and traffic engineering.
Prereq.: CEEN 2610.

CEEN 3736    Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering    3 s.h.

Causes and effects of water, air and land pollution; measurements of environmental quality; environmental regulations; introduction to methods of pollution control.
Prereq.: CHEM 1515, ENGR 1560, ENGR 1560H, or consent of instructor.

CEEN 3749    Structural Analysis 1    3 s.h.

The determination of shears, moments, and stresses in statically determinate beams, frames, and trusses. Consideration of dead, live, moving, and wind loads. Elastic deflections of simple structures. Introduction to the analysis of statically indeterminate structures using numerical and energy methods.
Prereq.: CEEN 2602.

CEEN 3749L    Structural Analysis 1 Lab    1 s.h.

Introduction to stiffness-based analysis of determinate and indeterminate structures. Computer analysis of various structural systems, including plane and space trusses, continuous beams, plane and space frames, plates. P-delta stability analysis of frames. Three hours computational lab per week.
Prereq.: CEEN 2602; concurrent with CEEN 3749.

CEEN 3751    Water Quality Analysis    3 s.h.

Introduction to physical, chemical, and biological measurements of water quality. Sample collection and laboratory analysis of natural waters, drinking water, and wastewater. Interpretation of environmental data. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Identical to ENST 3751.
Prereq.: CEEN 3736 or ENST 2600; CHEM 1515.

CEEN 3751L    Water Quality Analysis Lab    0 s.h.

Laboratory experience in the analysis of natural waters, drinking water and wastewater. Emphasizes procedures for the collection and interpretation of data on current environmental problems. Three hours laboratory per week. Must be taken concurrently with CEEN 3751.

CEEN 4800    Special Topics    3 s.h.

Special topics and new developments in Civil Engineering. Subject matter, credit hours, and special prerequisites to be announced in advance of each offering. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 s.h.
Prereq.: Senior standing or consent of instructor.

CEEN 4812    Construction Management    3 s.h.

Fundamentals of construction management: contracts, bonding, estimating, organization, finance; cost and productivity of equipment, material, and labor; and project planning and scheduling.
Prereq.: CEEN 3717 or CEEN 4881.

CEEN 4835    Highway Design    3 s.h.

Methods of highway route location; design methods and standards for highways, intersections, freeways, and interchanges. Includes extensive use of computer-aided design.
Prereq.: CEEN 3720.

CEEN 4863    Integrated Design Project    3 s.h.

Students will be required to complete a meaningful design experience that focuses attention on professional practice and is predicated on the accumulated background of curriculum components. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory a week.
Prereq.: CEEN 4812 and unrecalculated GPA of 2.0 or better in major courses.
Gen Ed: Capstone.

CEEN 4879    Civil Engineering Analysis    3 s.h.

Application of mathematical and numerical methods to the systematic analysis and development of problems in the field of Civil Engineering.
Prereq.: CEEN 3749.

CEEN 4881    Geotechnical Engineering    3 s.h.

Properties of soil, classification, capillarity, seepage, permeability, stresses, consolidation, shear strength; analysis and design of foundation structures, retaining walls, piles, drilled piers, sheet pile walls, special footings, stability.
Prereq.: MATH 2673; CEEN 3749.

CEEN 4881L    Geotechnical Lab    1 s.h.

Typical soil testing procedures and physical testing of soil samples.
Prereq.: Concurrent with: CEEN 4881.

CEEN 5820    Pavement Material and Design    3 s.h.

Design methods for flexible, rigid and other wheel-supporting pavements to include investigation, testing and preparation of subgrade, base course and pavement materials, design of various pavement mixtures, stresses in pavements, pavement design, and strengthening existing pavements.
Prereq.: CEEN 3720 and CEEN 4881.

CEEN 5829    Civil Engineering Materials - Concrete    3 s.h.

A course designed to broaden the student's understanding of Portland Cement Concrete as a construction material. Topics include the study of cement, hydration of cement, aggregates, admixtures for concrete, mix design handling and placing, curing and properties of Portland Cement Concrete. Testing of Concrete, quality control and special concretes are also included. A library research paper on a concrete-related topic of the student's choice is required.
Prereq.: CEEN 3749 or permission of instructor.

CEEN 5832    Natural Systems Engineering    3 s.h.

Introduction to the features, functions and values of natural aquatic systems, and engineering approaches to analysis and restoration design. Focus on wetlands and streams. Topics include regulations, wetland delineation, constructed wetland design, basic stream geomorphology, and stream restoration design.
Prereq.: CEEN 3736 or permission of instructor.

CEEN 5837    Environmental Engineering Design    3 s.h.

Theory and design of unit operations and processes for treatment of drinking water and municipal wastewater.
Prereq.: CEEN 3736.

CEEN 5849    Structural Analysis 2    3 s.h.

Analysis of statically indeterminate beams, trusses, bents and multistory frames, utilizing concepts of strain energy, virtual work, slope-deflection, and moment distribution. Introduction to matrix methods of analysis using force and displacement methods.
Prereq.: CEEN 3749.

CEEN 5855    Reinforced Concrete Design    3 s.h.

An introduction to the behavior, analysis, and design of reinforced concrete members. Included are singly and doubly reinforced beams, tee-beams, slabs, short and long columns.
Prereq.: CEEN 3749.

CEEN 5856    Steel Design    3 s.h.

An introduction to the behavior and design of steel structures. Included is the design of rolled and built-up tension members, beams, columns, beam-columns, welded and bolted connections.
Prereq.: CEEN 3749.

CEEN 5877    Systems Engineering and Project Management    3 s.h.

Systems approach to engineering design; non-linear models; linear programming; dynamic programming; network analysis; project management.
Prereq.: MATH 3705.

CEEN 5882    Foundation Engineering    3 s.h.

Analysis and design of various foundations, including abutments, piers, piles, and footings; slope stability of embankments.
Prereq.: CEEN 4881 and CEEN 5855.

CEEN 5883    Bridge Engineering    3 s.h.

Analysis and design of concrete and steel bridges; specifications and code requirements; design detailing; effects of natural and man-made hazards on bridges; implications of bridge failures.
Prereq.: CEEN 5855 and CEEN 5856.

CEEN 5884    Solid and Hazardous Waste Management    3 s.h.

Sources, characteristics, handling and disposal options for solid waste and hazardous waste; topics include regulations, health effects, waste minimization, collection systems, landfill design, treatment and processing methods, and site assessment.
Prereq.: CEEN 3736.