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.

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.

Students choosing the geotechnical emphasis are most often employed by consulting firms, testing agencies or laboratories, heavy-civil construction contractors, and in the building and transportation sectors. Coursework is provided in foundation analysis and design, and design of earth structures.

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 with computer applications which represent industry standards. Laboratories are PC-based networks running applications in AutoCAD, Microstation, RAM Structural System, InRoads, Civil 3D, Haestad Methods, Highway Capacity Software, GIS, and Microsoft Project.

In addition to software applications, several labs with equipment provide hands-on application of classroom learning. Surveying instruments include automatic levels, total stations, and a GPS base and receiver. Hydraulics equipment is available to test and demonstrate hydrostatics, pipe friction and open channel flow. Labs are also equipped for providing tests on soils, aggregate, concrete, asphalt, and steel.


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.

Civil Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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:

  • Communication (written and oral)
  • Mathematics (and quantitative reasoning)
  • Natural Sciences (and scientific reasoning)
  • Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

At least three (3) out of the following six (6) SUNY General Education categories:

  • The Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • U.S. History and Civic Engagement
  • Other World Civilization
  • World History and Global Awareness
  • World Languages

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.

SUNY Poly degree requirements:

  • Natural Sciences: one course which may be a General Education Natural Science course; for Civil Engineering Technology students, the program requires PHY 101T & PHY 101L, PHY 102T & PHY 102L, and CHE 110T & CHE 110L. 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 101T & PHY 101L Physics I w/lab
  • PHY 102T & PHY 102L Physics II w/lab
  • CHE 110T & CHE 110L Chemistry w/lab
  • Math/Science electives (balance of credits—program requires 24 credits of Math/Science)
  • COM 200 Oral Communication
  • Selected Elective (IS 341, IS 342, CS 100 or as approved by petition)

Liberals Arts/Sciences Electives (remainder of credits)

III. Technical Core Coursework (54 credits)

A. Required Core

  • Introduction to Engineering Technology (CTC 101)
  • Engineering Graphics (CTC 112, 213, or 162)
  • Statics and Strength of Materials (CTC 224)
  • Civil Materials and Testing (CTC 240)
  • Elementary Surveying (CTC 250)
  • Principles of Geotechnical Engineering (CTC 255T and CTC 255L)
  • Hydrology (CTC 260)
  • Hydraulics (CTC 261)
  • Construction Methods (CTC 275)
  • Transportation Elective (upper or lower level)
  • Structural Design Elective (upper or lower level)
  • Professionalism in the Workplace (CTC 301)
  • Structural Analysis (CTC 320)
  • Economic Analysis in Technology (CTC 374)
  • Water and Wastewater Systems (CTC 450)
  • Capstone Design (CTC 490)

B. Select One Emphasis 

A two-course sequence must be completed in one of the four emphases listed below.


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


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


  • Construction Estimating and Scheduling (CTC 415)
  • Construction Administration (CTC 470)


  • Foundation Analysis and Design (CTC 326)
  • Design of Earth Structures (CTC 426)

C. Required Electives

A minimum of 8 credits of 300- or 400-level Civil Engineering Technology electives (CTC 3XX or 4XX excluding CTC 492) beyond the required core and emphasis are required. Credits earned for the required core and emphasis do not count for the required electives.

D. Civil Tech Electives (remainder of credits)

IV. Unrestricted Electives (remainder of 128 credits)

This program requires first-year students to purchase a laptop for use in classes and labs. The faculty feel that laptops are an important tool for a student’s education. Details regarding laptop specifications will be sent to new admitted students prior to enrollment.