Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

This program provides a strong foundation in engineering and design, with emphasis in structural, geotechnical, water resources and transportation engineering. Students graduating from this program can design solutions to complex problems with society’s infrastructure systems, and are prepared to become registered professional engineers specializing in civil engineering in their future careers.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2018

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 57 units of preprofessional requirements
  • At least 53 units of major courses
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with a CENE prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 130 units

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 130
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 239
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available

Major Requirements
  • Take the following 110 units:

    Preprofessional Requirements (57 units)
  • If you wish to enhance your education in the area of environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, mathematics, or construction management, you can easily pursue a minor in each discipline with the addition of a small number of courses and by consulting with the respective disciplinary advisors.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 130-136 units of credit.  

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Undergraduate Civil Engineering students will:
    • Possess a foundation of mathematical and scientific principles in calculus through differential equations, statistics, calculus-based physics, and general chemistry. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes a, b, e, j and k, and Civil Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)
    • Define and solve engineering problems, and create, evaluate, and document engineering designs of systems or components. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes a, c, e, g, and h, and Civil Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)
    • Properly apply tools and methodologies to design and conduct experiments, to model or simulate processes and phenomena, and to analyze, interpret, and report results. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes a, b ,g, and k, and Civil Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)
    • Work successfully and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse and multi-disciplinary teams and as individuals in public and private organizations, understanding the impact of societal and political systems on the engineering design process. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes c, d, g, h, and j)
    • Strive to improve their professional skills and abilities and to update their knowledge and understanding of contemporary professional issues. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes c, f, h, i, j, and k, and Civil Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)
    • Recognize the practice of engineering as a privilege and adhere to the standards and ethics of the profession, including licensure requirements, to protect and promote public health, safety, and welfare. (ABET Criterion 3 Outcomes f and i and Civil Engineering Program Criteria on Curriculum)
    You may not have more than one grade of "D" in your required engineering, mathematics, and science courses.; In addition, all prerequisite courses for your engineering courses must be completed with grades of "C" or better.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $500 per year in students' Junior and Senior years has been approved for this program.