A. Gates, P.E., Chair (860-832-1823); N. A. Al-Masoud; C. E. Anderson, P.E; S. Basim, P.E.; P. F. Baumann, S. Kirstukas, E. Maydock, V. Naoumov, Z. Prusak, T. Vasko, P.E., B Zhou (Dept. phone: 860-832-1815; fax 860-832-1811; website:

Department Overview

The Department of Engineering offers the BS degree with majors in engineering or engineering technology.

The department offers civil engineering and mechanical engineering degrees designed to prepare students to become engineering designers and project leaders with the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for professional engineering practice.  Additionally, the Department offers three engineering technology majors designed to prepare students to become active partners with engineers and to be team members of the total technological enterprise that extends from planning and production to construction and/or service. Course requirements for each major are presented below.


Students who major in civil or mechanical engineering will acquire the knowledge and application of fundamental engineering sciences common to most engineering disciplines and in-depth knowledge of engineering principles specific to civil or mechanical engineering design and analysis. Students may obtain a general civil or mechanical engineering degree, and mechanical engineering students may select a specialization in manufacturing or aerospace engineering.

Students who chose a specific major in engineering technology (civil, manufacturing, or mechanical) will be able to apply scientific, mathematical, and basic engineering knowledge and methods, combined with technical skills, in support of engineering activities. The four-year planned courses of study include science, mathematics, computer graphics, communications, and mechanics, along with laboratory courses in the engineering or technical specialization. The civil, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering technology programs are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (TAC of ABET, Inc.), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, Maryland 21202; phone: (410) 347-7700. The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC of ABET, Inc.). The Civil Engineering curriculum was established to meet the accreditation requirements of the EAC of ABET, Inc. ABET accreditation can be granted only when at least one student has graduated from the program, and CCSU will apply for accreditation when the first Civil Engineering students graduate (expected in fall 2012).

Students in the last semester of their senior year within an accredited program are eligible to take the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination as the first step towards obtaining their Professional Engineer (PE) licensure. Students in the civil engineering major must register to take the FE exam as a requirement of their senior projects (capstone) class. Application materials may be requested from the Department of Consumer Protection, 165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106-1630; phone: 860-713-6145. Additional information about the examination may be obtained from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website at

Plans of Study

Those students enrolled in the Department of Engineering may attend the University as full- or part-time students. Some courses may be offered in the late afternoons or evenings to allow part-time students to maintain full-time employment, but students will find that many courses are ealier in the day. Full-time students may complete their program in four years. The civil engineering major and the three engineering technology majors do not require a minor. Mechanical engineering majors receive a math minor with their required math courses. Civil engineering majors can obtain a math minor by including one four-credit math course as an elective. Proof of 400 hours professional experience is required for all mechanical engineering majors and a co-op experience is suggested for all students.

For all majors a minimum grade of C- is required in all courses in the major, all additional course requirements as well as courses in Study Area IV, Skill Area I, and Skill Area II.

Students are required to obtain an account and computer certification from the campus Microcomputer Lab office in their first semester of registration.

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

Major in Civil Engineering, BS (127 credits minimum)

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

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

Major in Mechanical Engineering, BS (127 credits minimum)


In addition to CCSU admissions standards, the undergraduate Civil Engineering (CE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) programs have the following coursework requirements: completion of, or eligibility to enroll in, MATH 152 (calculus I), and completion of, or eligibility to enroll in, ENG 110 (freshman composition). The engineering technology programs do not have requirements in addtion to the CCSU admissions standards.

See the civil engineering technology program for that program's admission timetable.

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