Undergraduate Program


Three to five years after graduating from our civil engineering program, successful graduates will:

  1. Analyze and design contemporary civil engineering systems independently and as members or leaders of multidisciplinary teams.
  2. Pursue graduate and professional studies and/or professional development opportunities, including those required to pursue and maintain professional registration.
  3. Utilize their knowledge, problem-solving, and communication skills in professional careers in government agencies and the private sector.

The program offers instruction and research opportunities in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering and has adopted the student outcomes established by ABET requirements in Criterion 3. Achieving these outcomes establishes the foundation for achieving the program educational objectives. The civil engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.


To meet the requirements for graduation, a student must successfully complete the required 127 credits of course work with a minimum overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in civil and environmental engineering courses.

Subject Area Total Credit Hours
English 6
Math and Basic Science 38
Social Science/Humanities 9
African-American Studies 3
ROTC/Physical Education 2
Free Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 127


Howard University is committed to providing an educational environment that is accessible to all students. In accordance with this policy, students in need of accommodations due to a disability should contact the Office of the Dean for Special Services for verification and determination of reasonable accommodations as soon as possible after admission/registration to the University, or at the beginning of each semester. The Dean of the Office of Special Services can be contacted at (202) 238-2420.


a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) an ability to communicate effectively
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

See Undergraduate Curriculum Handbook for more information

Student Demographics: Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering AY2010-2011 AY2011-2012 Ay2012-2013 AY2013-2014
Student Enrollment 60 75 76 81
Graduation Numbers 09 16 11 05
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