Civil Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree

The goals of the civil engineering technology program are to provide quality undergraduate studies, prepare students to enter professional careers and graduate study, and find employment in their field after graduation. This program values and encourages academic and intellectual achievement of the highest quality and the technical competencies inherent to the field of civil engineering technology. The faculty is committed to the integration of these elements in a coherent program of higher education.

Civil engineering technology students may choose one or more emphases in transportation, structural, or construction. Students study a diversity of topics including structural analysis and design, water and waste water systems, highway planning and design, and construction administration. Other courses include hydrology and hydraulics, construction estimating and scheduling, finite element analysis, advanced steel design, and advanced concrete structures.

Civil Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Commission of ABET,, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, telephone: (410)347-7700. In January 2005, the American Society for Engineering Educators (ASEE) ranked SUNYIT tenth in the nation based on the number of engineering technology bachelor’s degrees awarded.

Areas of Emphasis
Graduates of the program earn six years of education/experience credit towards licensure in New York State as a Professional Engineer. After graduation, they are eligible to register for the next offering of Part A of the Professional Engineering examination, Fundamentals of Engineering. Structural, transportation and construction are the primary areas of emphasis.

Students choosing the structural emphasis are most often employed by engineering design firms, by design/build construction firms, or by local, state and federal governments. Coursework is provided in areas of structural analysis, building/ structural design, conceptual to final design projects, and finite element analysis.

Students choosing the transportation emphasis are most often employed by county or city highway departments, by state or federal departments of transportation or by road/bridge construction contractors. Coursework is provided in structural analysis, transportation planning, design of roadways, and drainage design.

Students choosing the construction emphasis are most often employed by design/build firms, construction contractors, and by local, state and federal agencies. Course work is provided in project scheduling and estimating, project administration, construction methods and structural analysis.

CAD Proficiency
Success in the Engineering Technology field is strongly dependent on a proficiency in computer aided drafting (CAD). Many of our graduating students will be actively involved with CAD or will work directly with those who are. To ensure a minimum level of proficiency, all students are required to pass a CAD Test to graduate. CAD proficiency may be in either AutoCAD or Microstation.

Civil Laboratories
Civil laboratories are heavily computerized. Students entering the program are expected to have basic skills in word processing, spreadsheets, computer aided drafting, and the use of the internet. Labs encompass all aspects of civil engineering technology and the computer applications which represent industry standards. Laboratories are PC-based networks running applications in AutoCAD, Microstation, RAM Structural System, InRoads, Haestad Methods, Microsoft Project and Primavera Project Planner.


Transfer of Semester Hours

  • Students must submit to the director of admissions official transcripts of any college courses they wish to have evaluated for transfer of semester hours.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for admission. Prospective students with a lower GPA may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Only courses with a minimum grade of “C” are considered for transfer.

B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology — 128 total credits

Students shall satisfy the requirements listed below.

I. SUNY General Education Requirements (30 credits)

All SUNY students must satisfy the following requirements.

No fewer than 30 credits must be attained from the SUNY approved General Education Course List with the following provisions:

  • Mathematics (MAT 121 or equivalent recommended by program)
  • Basic Communication (ENG 101 or equivalent)

At least five (5) out of the following eight (8) SUNY General Education categories:

  • Natural Science (PHY 101 recommended by program)
  • Social Science 
  • American History
  • Western Civilization
  • Other World Civilization
  • Humanities
  • The Arts
  • Foreign Language

NOTE: You may take more than one course in a given category to complete this 30 credit hour requirement, but you must also satisfy the appropriate number of categories.

II. Liberal Arts/Sciences Requirements (30 credits)

The New York State Education Department (SED) requires a student earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree to attain no fewer than 60 credits of combined SUNY General Education and Liberal Arts/Sciences courses. There may be overlap between courses meeting both the SUNY General Education Requirements and Liberal Arts/Sciences Requirements, but a student may receive course credits only once even if multiple requirements are satisfied by a single course. The total number of combined credit hours must be no fewer than 60 credits. 

SUNYIT degree requirements:

  • Natural Sciences: one course which may be a General Education Natural Science course; for Civil Engineering Technology students, the program requires PHY 101, PHY 102, and CHE 110. These courses include lab. 
  • Upper-Division Writing Course (COM 306)

Specific requirements for Civil Engineering Tech majors:

  • MAT 121 Calculus for EngineeringTechnology I
  • MAT 122 Calculus for Engineering Technology II
  • Calculus based Math elective 
  • PHY 101 Physics I w/lab
  • PHY 102 Physics II w/lab
  • CHE 110 Chemistry w/lab
  • Math/Science electives (balance of credits—program requires 24 credits of Math/Science)
  • COM 300 Oral Communication 
  • Computer Programming Language (3 credits) [CS 108, CSC317, CSC 301J, CSC 301V, or IS XXX (GIS)]

Liberals Arts/Sciences Electives (remainder of credits)

III. Technical Core Coursework (54 credits)

A. Required Core

  • Introduction to Engineering Technology (CTC 101)
  • Statics (CTC 218)
  • Strength of Materials (CTC 222)
  • Engineering Graphics (CTC 212, 213, or 162)
  • Elementary Surveying (CTC 250)*
  • Soils and Foundation (CTC 255)*
  • Hydrology (CTC 260)
  • Hydraulics (CTC 261)
  • Construction (CTC 275)
  • Professionalism in the Workplace (CTC 301) 
  • Structural Analysis (CTC 320)
  • Transportation (CTC 340 or 440)
  • Steel or Concrete Design (CTC 422 or 424)
  • Water and Wastewater Systems (CTC 450)
  • Economic Analysis in Technology (CTC 475)
  • Capstone Design (CTC 490)

* Offered at Mohawk Valley Community College through the Mohawk Valley College Consortium Agreement 

B. Select One Emphasis 

Structural (12 credits minimum)

Core Courses (8 credits)

  • Design of Steel Structures (CTC 422)
  • Design of Concrete Structures (CTC 424)

Required Elective (Minimum 4 credits)

  • Upper Level Civil Engineering Technology Elective (CTC XXX)

Transportation (12 credits minimum)

Core Courses (8 credits)

  • Transportation Analysis (CTC 340)
  • Highway Design (CTC 440)

Required Elective (Minimum 4 credits)

  • Upper Level Civil Engineering Technology Elective (CTC XXX)

Construction (12 credits minimum)

Core Courses (8 credits)

  • Construction Estimating and Scheduling (CTC 415)
  • Construction Administration (CTC 4 70) 

Required Elective (Minimum 4 credits)

  • Upper Level Civil Engineering Technology Elective (CTC XXX)

Civil Tech Electives (remainder of credits)

IV. Unrestricted Electives (remainder of 128 credits)