Engineering Science – Civil Option

BE - Civil Option

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Civil engineers design and supervise large construction projects, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions ranging from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others work in design, construction, research and teaching.

Engineering Science (Civil) Degree Requirements ABET Statement on B.E. Engineering Science
ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

Career Potential in Civil Engineering:

The median annual wage for civil engineers was $86,640 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $54,780, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $142,560.

In May 2018, the median annual wages for civil engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Federal government, excluding postal service $95,380
Local government, excluding education and hospitals $91,750
Engineering services $87,080
State government, excluding education and hospitals $82,710
Nonresidential building construction $75,670

Civil engineers typically work full time and some work more than 40 hours per week. Engineers who direct projects may need to work extra hours in order to monitor progress on projects, to ensure that designs meet requirements, and to guarantee that deadlines are met.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Civil Engineers, on the Internet at November 26, 2019)

ABET Statement on B.E. Engineering Science

Hofstra University is committed to excellence in all programs and actively participates in all accreditation processes. Hofstra's B.E. Engineering Science program was first accredited in 1971 and remains accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, The 2017-18 general review of the Engineering Science degree program resulted in a finding of a deficiency, curricular in nature, that requires an interim visit. Specifically, the major design experience in the biomedical option was deemed to be primarily research in nature rather than engineering design and did not incorporate appropriate engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints. This issue has been corrected with the approval of a revised syllabus by the biomedical faculty on Feb. 14, 2018. As part of our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and accreditation, a report will be submitted to ABET by July 1, 2019.

In addition, Hofstra is in the process of designing for a 65,000-square-foot $50 million new state-of-the-art Engineering and Applied Science complex to further enhance the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science teaching and research facilities. The administration and the faculty consider the continued accreditation of all previously accredited engineering programs to be essential to the mission of the school and the University. The school has also created new B.S. in Bioengineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering degree programs that will supersede those two options in the existing Engineering Science program.

Any questions regarding the variety of programs available in the Department of Engineering should be directed to:

Dr. Richard Puerzer
Chair, Department of Engineering

Dr. Sina Rabbany
Dean, Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science