Undergraduate Programs in

Civil Engineering

Do you see yourself designing roads and bridges, constructing skyscrapers and transportation hubs, or developing dams and complex water treatment projects? A degree in civil engineering will let you solve real-world problems that improve the lives of others. 


Pursue either a BS in Civil Engineering or a BE in Engineering Science (Civil Option), and choose between a focus on structural or environmental engineering. Both career paths are in high demand throughout the world.

Challenging Coursework

You'll build a foundation in universal engineering theories, mathematics, and the physical sciences before moving on to more challenging courses in your area of interest, such as: 

  • Transportation Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources
  • Soil Mechanics and Foundations
  • Engineering Drawing


Equipped for the Future

Your degree will prepare you for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and enable you to pursue becoming licensed as a professional engineer (P.E.).   

You can also advance to management positions in leading engineering and technology firms with graduate study in programs such as Hofstra's Master of Science in Engineering Management.



Learn from Experts

Meet Dr. Ted Segal

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

Among his accomplishments, Dr. Segal won a national award for teaching excellence from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2017. 

The Student Experience

Explore potential career paths, get real-world insights, develop valuable workplace skills, and build a network of professional contacts through internships, research opportunities, student organizations, and full-time professional work experiences. 

Students have interned at:

  • NASA
  • Disney
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Toyota
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Bohler Engineering
  • Estee Lauder
  • Globecomm Systems

Earn while you learn:

  • The DeMatteis Co-op Program offers a full-time, six-to-eight month paid position with one of more than 200 companies, providing valuable professional experience before you graduate.  
  • The Advanced Summer Program in Research (ASPiRe) lets you work on a research project, with a stipend, under the guidance of a faculty mentor. More than two dozen undergraduates have had their work published in scholarly journals in the last few years. 


The Outlook

Civil engineers are in high demand. With our comprehensive program, you’ll be ready to pursue either a career right after graduation or advanced study. 


Job, grad school, or both


Accept a job within 6 months of graduation


Average salary within one year of graduation

Learn on the Job



Real-world experience through the Co-op Program put a lot of what we learned in the
classroom into perspective.

— Gulshan Mangra ’19
Civil Engineering


Alumni Success

DeMatteis School engineering graduates enjoy considerable success upon graduation, whether they obtain positions at prestigious companies or pursue advanced study at top graduate schools. 

Recent alumni work at companies such as:

  • 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


Those pursuing graduate degrees study at:

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

State of the Art Learning Spaces

Take advantage of 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.

Top Ranked

The engineering program at the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science ranks #33 among 220 non-PhD granting schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Questions about the program?

Contact Us

Dr. Richard Puerzer
Chair, Department of Engineering
(516) 463-6019