Civil Engineering Program

The Civil Engineering Program is designed to enable the student, upon completion of the BS degree program, to enter the profession—for example, in industry, on a construction project, in a consulting engineering office, through a government agency—or to begin graduate study, or both. 

Undergraduate Admissions

Explore the options available to students looking to pursue a Bachelor of Science at Columbia Engineering.

Degree Track

We’ve provided a semester-by-semester listing of the required and recommended courses to earn a BS in Civil Engineering degree

The BS program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Additionally the program provides a broad traditional civil engineering background that focuses on basic theory and design. Technical electives can be selected to obtain a strong technical base in a particular field of civil engineering or other engineering disciplines.

Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Program Educational Objectives

In developing and continually updating our program to achieve the stated mission of the department, we seek to achieve the following objectives:
  1. Graduates with a broad and fundamental technical base will be able to enter the professional civil engineering workforce either with a BS to develop specialized expertise by way of apprenticeship or through the increasingly common path of a specialized MS.
  2. Graduates with a firm foundation in the basic math, science, and engineering science which underlie all technological development will be well equipped to adapt to changing technology in the profession.
  3. Graduates equipped with a broad technical background will be able to follow other technical or non-technical career paths.
  4. Graduates will practice their profession with effective writing and communication skills, with professional ethics, as well as with awareness of societal issues.

Student Outcomes

a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d) An ability to function on a multidisciplinary team
e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) An ability to communicate effectively
h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


The prerequisites for this program are the courses listed in the First Year–Sophomore Program or their equivalents. The Civil Engineering Program offers four areas of concentration: civil engineering and construction management, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and water resources/environmental engineering. An optional minor can be selected in architecture, education, economics, and any of the engineering departments in the school. In the junior and senior years, 18 credits of technical electives are allocated.

Undergraduate Civil Engineering Graduating Class


  2010 - 2011 2011 - 2012 2012 - 2103 2013 - 2014 2014 - 2015 2015 - 2016 2016 - 2017 2017 - 2018
GRADUATES 30 42 44 43 42 42 24 27
TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE ENROLLMENT 95 93 110 019 102 88 61 67