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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.

Meet Our Civil & Environmental Engineering Faculty

  • Tara Kulkarni

    Tara Kulkarni

    “I want future engineers to be conceptually creative, qualitatively strong, and eloquent in their designs. I want them to be able to research, differentiate between fact and fiction, and make real change.” Read More
  • Karen Supan

    Karen Supan

    “Engineering is about problem solving, and I enjoy the design process of seeing something go from a problem to a workable solution.” Read More
  • Edwin Schmeckpeper

    Edwin Schmeckpeper

    “We’re trying to prepare and train the next generation of...engineers...by giving them real-world projects to work on and produce.” Read More
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Regional Accreditation Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), known formerly as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).
Program Accreditation Norwich University's Civil Engineering & Environmental Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. 

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