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Civil Engineering

Overview

If you imagine yourself leading a team that plans and builds roads, tunnels and bridges, constructs massive buildings, airports and transportation hubs, or designs and develops dams and complex water treatment projects, you’ll find your future in Hofstra’s Civil Engineering program.

Civil Engineering students at Hofstra eventually concentrate on either structural or environmental engineering. Both career paths are in high demand throughout the world.

Student in Class

As part of the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science (ranked #35 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for engineering programs that do not offer a doctoral degree), our civil engineering students have access to an extraordinary array of sophisticated laboratory facilities, including the Civil/Environmental Engineering Lab, the Materials Analysis Lab and 16 other engineering and computer science laboratories.

But for Hofstra’s civil engineering students, learning does not stop at the classroom or laboratory door. Most participate in our robust co-op education and internship programs, applying their knowledge to help address real-world challenges in businesses and institutions throughout the New York Metro area and beyond.

We are also deeply committed to fostering a welcoming, collaborative environment where students and faculty build strong bonds that lead to the kind of support and mentorship necessary to join tomorrow’s diverse workforce.

We keep our class sizes small. Our average class size is 20 students which encourages teamwork and the formation of close mentoring relationships with our faculty. And every class is taught by actual faculty members, not teaching assistants. Our professors are highly accessible and many are practicing engineers who relish mentoring promising young professionals.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for all civil engineers was $84,770 in May 2017. The highest 10% earned more than $138,110.

If you are ready to enter a career whose proud traditions go back millennia but is still growing and evolving today, a degree in civil engineering from Hofstra University will set you on the road to success.

Curriculum

Hofstra civil engineering students can pursue a BS or a BE (Engineering Science with a Civil Option). In both cases, students eventually focus their degree on either structural or environmental engineering.

Your degree will thoroughly prepare you for the Engineering Fundamentals Examination and allow you to become a certified professional civil engineer upon graduation.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BS in Civil Engineering Requirements BE in Engineering Science (Civil Option) Requirements

But for every engineering major, the first year focuses primarily on building a firm foundation in universal engineering theories, mathematics and the physical sciences.  From there, you will go on to more advanced courses essential to civil engineering, exploring matters such as material strength, structural analysis, thermodynamics, drawing and more.  In your last two years you will delve deeply into diverse and challenging subjects directly related to your chosen field, readying you to take on a professional civil engineering position in nearly any setting. Some examples include:

  • Engineering Materials
  • Environmental Unit Processes and Operations
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources
  • Soil Mechanics and Foundations

In addition, we encourage all of our students to understand the role of engineers in society at large through such courses as Technology and Society, Designing the Human-Made World, and Technology and Human Values.

Hofstra also offers a minor in engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Civil Engineering students in the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science have enjoyed considerable success upon graduation, whether they seek immediate employment in their chosen field or further academic studies. In fact, 85% begin their careers shortly after graduation, while 15% choose to attend grad school and 7% do both.

98% are employed, grad school or both
94% accept a position within six months
$60K median salary
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Recent graduates of Hofstra’s civil engineering program are actively employed in a variety of settings, including:

  • Con Edison
  • High Rise Engineering
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • NYC Buildings Department
  • NYC Department of Design and Construction
  • Pacifico Engineering, PC
  • Plaza Construction
  • Prime Engineering
  • Skanska USA

Our Engineering graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in prestigious universities such as:

  • Columbia University
  • NYU
  • Princeton University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Pittsburgh

Hands-On Learning

Student in Class

Whether you imagine yourself building structures or environmental systems, prospective employers want to know that you are ready to apply what you’ve learned to address real-world problems. That means actual experience working in a professional setting. Hofstra’s civil engineering students gain that essential edge through participation in our robust co-op and internship programs.

The DeMatteis Co-op Program offers students a paid, full-time professional working experience at one of more than 150 corporate partners throughout the U.S., providing both a salary and valuable insights that help prepare them for the working world.  Seven in ten of our engineering students also take one or more internships at businesses and institutions within the New York Metro area while continuing their regular course work. These programs help you build your professional network and dramatically increase your desirability with major corporate and government employers of civil engineers.  

You’ll also have the chance to participate in research programs and design competitions, such as the summer-long Advanced Summer Program in Research (ASPiRE), in which students work alongside a faculty mentor on a research project related to their major.

In addition to their coursework and work experiences, many civil engineering students join one or more of the Hofstra chapters of professional engineering organizations, including  the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. Some choose to join the local chapter of Theta Tau, America’s oldest and largest co-ed professional engineering fraternity, building their personal network via a prestigious organization with a national reach.

Meet Dr. Edward Segal

 
 

Dr. Edward Segal, PhD, assistant professor of civil engineering, and 11 of his students entered - and won first place - in a sustainable design competition, creating a pavilion using dried clay and thousands of pounds of melted aluminum that was exhibited on Governor’s Island in New York City.