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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering, B.S.

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Civil Engineers design, build, and maintain the foundation of our modern society - our roads and bridges, drinking water, and energy systems, sea ports and airports, and the infrastructure for a cleaner environment.  They are responsible for our built environment.  Civil engineers work in many sectors - including structural, environmental, transportation, geotechnical, construction management, and water resources.  Throughout our day we are continually touched by the works of civil engineers whether by enabling power to reach us, providing clean water, handling waste and recycling, or providing the infrastructure that allows us to move and travel. The Civil Engineering major places a strong emphasis on hands-on experience and the art of engineering design along with concepts of sustainability and the design of Green Infrastructure and systems. The curriculum provides for breadth of knowledge in the civil engineering disciplines as well as offering an ability to focus on a specific area through the choice of electives.

Graduates will be well prepared to work as civil engineers in the public or private sectors as practicing engineers and to pursue further education in graduate school.

Program Educational Objectives

The civil engineering program at York College is designed to prepare its graduates for productive careers and/or graduate study.  Within a few years following graduation, our alumni:

  1. Will be performing essential engineering functions in the design, management, or construction industries.
  2. Will be solving creatively complex, multi-disciplinary problems effectively as civil engineers, taking into account physical, technological, social, political, business, sustainability, and ethical aspects.
  3. Will be demonstrating their ability to communicate effectively to varying audiences, work as a valued team member, and their potential for technical leadership and management while contributing to their field, profession, and society.

Engineering Cooperative Work Experience (Co-op)

Students are required to complete three semesters of co-op (six credits) prior to graduation. Through this program, students gain practical hands-on experience in industry and other engineering-related enterprises. After their first two years of study, students alternate academic semesters with semesters of full-time paid professional engineering experience in industry. One or more co-ops may be waived for students with a history of qualified engineering work.

To be eligible for a civil engineering co-op, a student must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Completed (with a grade of 2 or better)  ME 250  and MAT 272  
  • Completed (with a grade of 2 or better) or be currently enrolled in ME 264  and CVE 280 .

Requirements for Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Civil Engineering must complete a minimum of 139 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

General Education Requirement

First Year Seminar

Foundations Requirement

Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement

Constellation Requirement

The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements.  Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Required Major Courses:

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Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

Fall (16 credits)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (18 credits)

Junior Year

Fall Semester (18 credits)

Spring Semester (2 credits)

Senior Year

Fall Semester (2 credits)

Spring Semester (18 credits)

Summer (15 credits)

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