Undergraduate Studies

Welcome to the home page for The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.  Our Department is one of several in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at UNH.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil engineers plan, design, and direct the construction of public and private works that are essential to modern life.  Projects vary widely in their nature, size, scope, operation, use, and location: from downtown skyscrapers to a stream restoration project in the back country.  Civil engineers design, analyze, and help build buildings,  tunnels, bridges, dams, roads, airports, transit systems, drinking water and wastewater facilities, and more. Civil engineering projects must be safe, efficient, and cost effective, with minimum impact to the environment now and in the future.  According to a recent analysis from CNN and Money magazine, careers in civil and environmental engineering rank among the best in America, both in terms of growth and quality of life.

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/2010/full_list/index.html

The variety of work available in civil and environmental engineering ranges widely:  public and private companies range from just a few employees to thousands, locations range from small towns to major metropolitan areas around the world, and the work can vary from a modern design office to a remote site in the mountains.  The civil engineering degree can also be used to pursue other professions in architecture, law, business, and education.

Degrees Offered

The Department offers two distinct degrees, each with its own curriculum and requirements:  the traditional Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) and the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Municipal Processes (ENE:MP).

The BSCE is the broader engineering degree. Students take required classes in each area of civil engineering materials, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and water resources.  Students can focus on the area that most interests them (including environmental engineering) in their senior year when five upper level electives are available to them.  For the incoming student who is sure of their interest in environmental engineering and who wants to take more courses in that area and fewer courses in the other civil engineering areas, the ENE:MP degree is available.  This website focuses on the BSCE degree program.  For information about the ENE:MP degree program, please click here for more information.

The BSCE Program

The BSCE program leads to a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. Students must enter the program with an open and creative mind. Analytical rigor is obvious, but imagination, creativity, and communication skills are just as important in resolving the many problems presented to civil engineers.  Students take required courses in math, chemistry, and physics, but they also start right away with courses in civil engineering including an introductory course in which they begin learning basic calculations in each of the disciplines, a course in computer-aided drawing, and a course in surveying.  In the sophomore year, students continue the math and sciences courses but also begin to focus on the writing skills, material behavior, and modeling unique to civil engineering that will prepare them for the civil engineering laboratory classes in their junior year.  In the junior year, students get hands-on, individual and group experience with each discipline to allow them to hone their skills and identify their principal areas of interest.  Finally, in their senior year, students work on a year-long capstone project while taking upper level electives to prepare them for their entry into their careers or for graduate school.  The details of the program, requirements, and timeline can be found here and course details can be found here.

In Closing

We appreciate your interest in the BSCE program at UNH.  We’re proud to be one of several great New England universities offering a degree in an engineering field that is vital to the well-being, safety, and future of humankind and that focuses on these goals while repairing damage to our environment and protecting it in the future through sustainable practices, systems, and facilities.  We hope you continue to explore the features that make our program unique and, perhaps, the best fit for your particular needs and plans.  Please come for a visit.