Our program's dedicated faculty prepare students who pursue civil engineering degrees to become leaders by fostering creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills and awareness of the environmental impact of their work.
Civil engineering is perhaps the oldest of all engineering disciplines and the first to be recognized and developed as a field of study. The field encompasses the planning, design, construction and maintenance of structures and the alteration of natural geography to meet human needs. Civil engineers design and build suspension bridges, dams, tunnels, skyscrapers, the interstate highway system, airports, ports, shopping centers, residential developments, water delivery and purification facilities, and irrigation systems.
One of the rare historical records of civil engineering within academia is contained in the first catalog 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." Norwich University was the first private school in the United States where students were taught engineering as a separate branch of education. What better place to launch your own career.
During their first two years, majors 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, and construction. The design experience is culminated 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.
Whether you work for a private engineering firm, construction firm, government agency or industry, there are many areas in which civil engineers can focus. A few of the major specialties include:
- Structural (buildings, bridges, tunnels)
- Geotechnical (retaining structures, foundations)
- Water and wastewater (water supply, sewage disposal)
- Hydrology (river control, drainage)
- Transportation (highways, airports, railroads)
- Environmental (hazardous waste, air pollution, water quality)
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.
To view civil and environmental engineering course offerings and a curriculum map for majors, see the Norwich University academic course catalog:
Online Master of Civil Engineering
As your career evolves, take the next step by further developing the technical and management skills needed to advance in various roles within the industry. Complete a master's degree from Norwich while working with the flexible online Master of Civil Engineering program. There are four areas of specialization; structural engineering, environmental/water resources engineering, construction management and geotechnical engineering.