Major in Civil Engineering Technology, BS (130 credits minimum)

Accredited by TAC of ABET

Advisors: S.C. Basim, P.E. (860-832-1807) and C. Anderson, P.E. (860 832-1849)

This major provides students with a background in design support, construction, and maintenance of the infrastructure. Graduates may work in consulting firms, construction organizations, testing laboratories, municipal governments, and utility companies. Emphasis is on the areas of surveying, materials, structures, and use of the computer in the civil and construction industries. Students must complete the coursework in four categories: general education, major requirements, directed electives, and additional requirements.

Core Requirements (60 credits)

ENGR 150 Introduction to Engineering 3
ET 251 Applied Mechanics I-Statics 3
ET 252 Applied Mechanics II-Dynamics 3
ET 354 Applied Fluid Mechanics 3
ET 357 Strength of Materials 3
ET 361 Engineering Technology Instrumentation 3
ET 399 Engineering Economy 3
ETC 122 Introduction to CAD for AEC I 3
ETC 353 Introduction to Engineering Surveying  
or   3
CM 353 Introduction to Surverying  
ETC 397 Structural Analysis 3
ETC 451 Soil Mechanics and Foundations 3
ETC 454 Introduction to Transportation Engineering 3
ETC 457 Advanced Surveying 3
ETC 458 GPS Mapping for GIS 3
ETC 470 Structural Steel Design 3
ETC 471 Reinforced Concrete Structures 3
ETC 475 Hydrology and Storm Drainage 3
ETC 497 Civil Technical Practice and Senior Project Research 2
ETC 498 Civil ET Senior Project (Capstone) 2
Students in ETC 498 must register to take the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination.

Directed Electives (2-9 credits)

The following courses, selected in consultation with an academic advisor, satisfy the directed technical electives requirement:

ETC 472 Timber Structures 3
ETC 476 Environmental Technology 3
ET 495 Topics in Engineering Technology 3
CM 155 Construction Documents 3
CM 455 Construction Project Management 3
GEOG 378 Geographic Information Systems 3
CET 113 Introduction to Information Processing 3
ENGR 490 Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 3

Additional Requirements (30 credits)

CET 236 Circuit Analysis 3
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CM 356 Materials of Construction 4
ET 240 Spreadsheet and Engineering Problem Solving Tools  
or   3
CS 213 Applications of Computing I  
ETM 358 Applied Thermodynamics 3
MATH 119 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry 4
MATH 116 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 3
STAT 104 Elementary Statistics 3
ENG 403 Technical Writing 3

Electives (3 credits, unrestricted)

General Education Requirements for Engineering Technology (ET) Majors (40-49 credits)

Study Area I: Arts & Humanities 9
3 credits of literature and 6 credits of literature, philosophy, or fine arts. No more than 6 credits from any one discipline.
Study Area II: Social Sciences 6
3 credits of history and 3 credits of economics, geography, history, or political science or ET 399 (Engineering Economy)
Study Area III: Behavioral Sciences 3
3 credits of anthropology, psychology, or sociology
Study Area IV: Natural Sciences 8
PHYS 121 or 125**; PHYS 122 or 126**
Skill Area I: Communication Skills 6
ENG 110* and COMM 140  
Skill Area II: Mathematics 6-8
MATH 135 or MATH 152**; MATH 136 or MATH 221**
Skill Area III: Foreign Language Proficiency 0-6
Skill Area IV: University Requirement 2-3
PE 144 (or ENGR 150 for transfer students)

* Placement exam may be required before enrolling in English or mathematics courses.

** Recommended


The CCSU Department of Engineering will be phasing-out the Civil Engineering Technology program over the next few years and transitioning to the Civil Engineering program. The department will continue to admit students to the Civil Engineering Technology program under the following schedule:

Status of admitted student Last start date of study

  • High school graduate/first year Fall 2010
  • Community college transfer (with 30 semester credits at date of entry) Fall 2011
  • Community college transfer (with a two-year associates degree in Engineering Science or Technological Studies) Fall 2012
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