Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Moujalli Hourani
Chair of the Department

Vision Statement

The vision of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department is to be nationally recognized for producing leaders in the fields of civil and environmental engineering.

The department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College offers a wide range of technical education in these two related fields of study. A concentration in a variety of sub-disciplines such as structures, water and wastewater treatment, geotechnology, geoenvironmental studies, and transportation are also available. A strong undergraduate research program that provides a unique and very important area for the enrichment of undergraduate engineering education is available to students.

Note:  Students interested in environmental engineering are encouraged to choose the environmental engineering option in the civil engineering.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Civil Engineering program will:

  • Be recognized for their ethical practices and moral character.
  • Be recognized for their leadership, achievement and involvement in engineering and engineering-related professions.
  • Demonstrate dedication to furthering the engineering profession through continuous self-improvement.
  • Exhibit a commitment to engineering as a service-to-humanity profession through working towards engineering a sustainable environment for New York and the world.

Program Outcomes

The Civil Engineering program uses the standard set of ABET, outcomes (a) through (k) as described above under Engineering.

Civil Engineering Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Civil Engineering program is to develop a custom-made educational plan for each of our students so upon graduation they are prepared to continue their graduate studies or enter into the civil engineering profession.

The goal is to prepare students to function professionally as responsible members of the global engineering community dedicated to life-long learning and collaborative practice, discovery and sharing a breadth of knowledge. The program puts particular emphasis on introducing the students to the broad range of civil engineering disciplines.

Civil engineers use mathematics, together with the basic sciences and engineering sciences, in the study of the structural, geotechnical, transportation, environmental, and water resources engineering disciplines. These disciplines allow a civil engineer, working to improve the environment, to plan, design and construct the industrial plants of the world, the great public works, the housing, the bases for space exploration and the transportation networks.

Structural engineering deals with the analysis, design and construction of buildings, bridges, ships, aircraft and other flight structures. Environmental engineering, with its emphasis on the quality of water resources allows a civil engineer to analyze and model the environment, assess the effects of man’s activities on it, and design control facilities to ensure improvement and protection of our nation’s water. Geotechnical engineering concentrates on the study of the behavior of various soils and designs adequate supports for all structures resting on the earth and other planets. Transportation engineering emphasizes the planning, design, and construction of efficient transportation systems such as highways, airports, railways, ports, and public transport. Students obtain a background in each of the above disciplines with one or more concentrations.

Within the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, civil engineering majors have the opportunity to pursue an exclusive civil engineering curriculum. If, however, they wish to combine a civil major with an environmental minor, there is sufficient flexibility in the program to accommodate that choice.

Four-Year Program in Civil Engineering

The curriculum for the first year is common to all branches of engineering. In order to enable a student to test his or her interest in civil engineering, he or she takes designated courses from the civil engineering course offerings in the sophomore year. The junior and senior years allow for concentrated studies in the areas of structural, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, and transportation engineering. A representative four-year program is shown below.

First Year
MATH 18513MATH 18613
CHEM 101/CHEM 10314PHYS 101/ PHYS 19114
ENGS 1153ENGS 1163
RELS 1103General Education Elective3
General Education Elective3ENGL 1103
 16 16
Second Year
MATH 28513MATH 28613
CHEM 102/CHEM10414PHYS 102/PHYS 19214
ENGS 2041,*a ENGS 2041,*a
or SCI or BIOL*a,23or SCI or BIOL*a, 23
ENGS 20613ENGS 23013
CIVL 201 1,*b CIVL 2011, *b
or CIVL 202*b 3or CIVL 202*b3
 16 16
Third Year
CEEN 30313CEEN 30713
CEEN 3041CEEN 3083
CEEN 3053CIVL 30913
CIVL 30213CIVL 31013
CIVL 30513CIVL 3111
CIVL 3063CIVL 31213
 16 16
Fourth Year
CIVL 40663CIVL 411 or ENVL 408 3
CIVL 40963CIVL 4123
CIVL 41063CIVL Elective3
CIVL Elective3CIVL Elective3
General Education Elective43General Education Elective43
RELS Catholic Studies or RELS Contemporary/Global Studies3RELS Catholic Studies or RELS Contemporary/Global Studies3
 18 18
Total Credits: 132

CEEN refers to common courses between the Civil and Environmental programs.


In Each semester during the sophomore year, the student will choose between:

a) ENGS 204 Environmental Engineering Principles I or a science elective

b) CIVL 201 Introduction to Civil Engineering or CIVL 202 Transportation


These courses must be passed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.


Approved science electives in the sophomore or second year of the program are: BIOL 222 Biology for Engineers (Co-requisite: BIOL 224 Lab); BIOL 223 Ecology (Co-requisite: BIOL 220 Lab); AND SCI 301 Earth Science for Engineers.


Students are not allowed to enroll in any junior level or third year courses before completing all mathematics, science and engineering science courses.


Every civil engineering student is required to take an approved course in the Manhattan College School of Business. This course will substitute for one social science course.


The student must pass these courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better to enroll in CIVL 411.

Comprehensive Examinations

Following the completion of the sophomore year, a comprehension examination on fundamentals will be taken as a requirement for progression to the professional work of the junior and senior years. All graduating seniors are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. Starting in the fall of 2013, all civil engineering students in their senior year must take the FE examination as a requirement to graduate from the program.

Civil Engineering Courses

CIVL 201. Introduction to Civil Engineering. 3 Credits.

The Green Building Design course acts to introduce students to the basic components of buildings, and how they are constructed. This includes building foundations; steel and concrete framed buildings; house design and construction. Additionally the course introduces basic green building concepts such as energy efficient design, and water efficiency in buildings. The student will gain an appreciation for building architecture and history, and will learn how building construction techniques influenced the look of buildings. This includes surveying; building foundations; steel and concrete framed buildings; house design and construction.3 lectures. 3 credits. Must earn no grade lower than a C.

CIVL 202. Transportation. 3 Credits.

Basic principles of transportation engineering/traffic engineering, highway design; examination of various aspects of the multi-modal transportation system including social, economic and political considerations; practical issues including data collection techniques, analysis and evaluation; the design process, standards and procedures; introduction to design criteria, roadway alignment, stopping sight distance, horizontal and vertical curves. Fall.

CIVL 302. Structural Analysis I. 3 Credits.

Analysis of determinate structures; Reactions, Internal Resisting Forces, Shear and Bending Moment diagrams. System and segment equilibrium. Truss stability and analysis by joints and sections equilibrium. Beam deflection by moment area, elastic weight and conjugate beam. Truss deflection by virtual work. Influence lines and moving loads. Analysis project. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisite: ENGS 230, CIVL 201 with a minimum of C grade.

CIVL 305. Computer Solutions of Civil Engineering Problems. 3 Credits.

Matrix algebra, eigenvalue problems, nonlinear equations, simultaneous linear algebraic equations, numerical integration, initial value and boundary value problems in ordinary differential equations. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisites: MATH 286 (or MATH 203), ENGS 230 with a minimum of C grade.

CIVL 306. Civil Engineering Materials. 3 Credits.

Study of ferrous and nonferrous metals; physical properties in relation to the phase diagram. Consideration is given to plastics and other materials. The relationship of aggregates and the other constituents of concrete and related conditions to the strength and related properties of concrete. Study of physical properties of wood. Study of asphalt properties and application to pavements. Two lectures, one two-hour laboratory period. Fall. Prerequisite/corequisite ENGS 230 with a minimum of C grade.

CIVL 309. Steel Design. 3 Credits.

Design of metal structures subjected to dead, live, snow, ice, wind and earthquake forces. Design of tension members, beams, columns, and connections according to the AISC Specifications. Plastic design of beams. Design project. Use of AISC Specifications. Two lectures, one two-period problem session and two hours professional development outside the classroom. Spring. Prerequisite: CIVL 302 with a minimum of C grade.

CIVL 310. Introductory Geomechanics. 3 Credits.

Origins and basic properties of soil and rock. Principles of soil behavior under gravity stresses, fluid and one-dimensional compression and consolidation. Shear strength of soils and rock. Ground improvement. One one-hour plus two-period session and two hours professional development outside the classroom. Prerequisites: ENGS 230, CEEN 303, with a minimum of C grade. Corequisite: CIVL 311.

CIVL 311. Soil Mechanics Laboratory. 1 Credit.

Soil description and classification systems. Site characterization. Index property tests for water content, particle-size distribution, and plasticity characteristics. Engineering parameter tests for permeability, one-dimensional compression and consolidation, shear strength, compaction characteristics and California Bearing Ratio. Three hour laboratory. Spring. Corequisite: CIVL 310.

CIVL 312. Structural Analysis II. 3 Credits.

Analysis of statically indeterminate structures considering loadings, support movements and thermal effects. Mathematical modeling, virtual work, flexibility method, stiffness method, slope deflection, and moment distribution. Analysis and modeling of structures using general purpose finite element, and structural computer programs. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisites: CIVL 302, CIVL 305 with a minimum of C grade.

CIVL 398. Seminar I. 1 Credit.

A series of lectures and field trips designed to expose students to different facets of the Civil and Environmental Engineering profession. Material will cover current trends in the professional and research fields within the discipline, as well as closely associated disciplines. Students will write papers based on material covered. All three courses will be offered each semester. Students will be required to take all three courses in order to graduate. These courses are only open to Junior and Senior students in the Civil & Environmental Engineering undergraduate program. The cumulative credits in the three courses will count as a technical elective.

CIVL 399. Seminar II. 1 Credit.

A series of lectures and field trips designed to expose students to different facets of the Civil and Environmental Engineering profession. Material will cover current trends in the professional and research fields within the discipline, as well as closely associated disciplines. Students will write papers based on material covered. All three courses will be offered each semester. Students will be required to take all three courses in order to graduate. These courses are only open to Junior and Senior students in the Civil & Environmental Engineering undergraduate program. The cumulative credits in the three courses will count as a technical elective.

CIVL 403. Civil Engineering Economy and Law. 3 Credits.

Economical conditions and law requirements impact on Civil Engineering projects. Time value of money, equivalency, present worth, future worth, depreciation, economic comparisons; Law: contracts, torts and malpractice, patents and copyrights, business associations, commercial law, real estate law, environmental law. Three lectures. Prerequisite: Senior Status.

CIVL 404. Geology. 3 Credits.

The origin, nature, and distribution of materials that comprise the Earth; dynamic internal and surface natural processes, with particular attention to their effect on engineered construction. One or more field trips outside the regular class schedule. Three lectures. Prerequisite: Senior Status*.

CIVL 405. Rock Mechanics. 3 Credits.

This course provides the students and civil engineers with a working knowledge of rock mass and processes relevant to exploration, design, construction and performance of large civil and tunnel structures. The course will cover origin and types of rock, rock mass classifications, rock properties, civil engineering projects, fluid flow through jointed rock mass and slope stability. Prerequisite: CIVL 310 and Senior Status.

CIVL 406. Structural Analysis III. 3 Credits.

General introduction to vibration and dynamics of structures. Analysis of multistory and complex frames, bridges and other structures due to wind and seismic loading. Influence lines for statically indeterminate structures. Cables and space frames. Analysis of structures using state-of-the-art structural computer programs. Two lectures, one two-period program session and two hours professional development outside the classroom. Fall. Prerequisite: CIVL 312 with a minimum of C grade.

CIVL 407. Groundwater Resources. 3 Credits.

Legislation and legal considerations. Evaluation of groundwater resources and associated geology and hydrology. Derivation of governing transport equations. Groundwater quality. Analysis of well problems. Systems approach to problems. Study of pollution problems and geothermal energy. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CEEN 303.

CIVL 409. Reinforced Concrete. 3 Credits.

Design of reinforced concrete structures and specifications, design of beams, columns, slabs and foundations. Ultimate strength, latest ACI Code. Theoretical, practical, economic and legal considerations. Design projects. Two lectures. One two-period problem session and two hours professional development outside the classroom. Fall. Prerequisites: CIVL 312 with a minimum of C grade.

CIVL 410. Introduction to Geotechnical Applications. 3 Credits.

Application of geomechanics principles to analyzing and designing foundations and slopes (unsupported and supported). Topics covered in detail include: shallow and deep foundations; unsupported-slope stability; lateral earth pressure theory and its application to basement and rigid retaining walls, anchored bulkheads, and braced excavations. Overviews of: construction and constructability; modern alternatives for earth retaining structures. Two two-period lectures and two hours professional development outside the classroom. Prerequisite: CIVL 309 and CIVL 310 with a minimum of C grade. Corequisite: CIVL 409.

CIVL 411. Capstone Structural Design. 3 Credits.

This course provides the students with a culminating design experience in which they will use the skills and knowledge gained through-out the curriculum to work as a team on a real design project. The course has 2 components: 1. 2 lectures and 2 design periods. 2. One 2-hour engineering practice. Passing the 2 components is required for graduation.

CIVL 412. Highway Design. 3 Credits.

Design standards and geometrics of highways; traffic volume and flow related to geometrics; economic study of highway alternates; basic pavement and drainage design; planning, location, and design of a segment of highway. Two lectures, one two-hour problem period. Spring. Prerequisite: CIVL 201 and CIVL 202. Senior status or permission of the Chair.

CIVL 413. Hydraulics. 3 Credits.

Looping pipe systems, three-reservoir problem; open channel flow, non-rectangular channels, critical flow at bridge piers and humps, backwater calculations, surface curves; unsteady flow, discharge under varying head, unsteady flow equation, water hammer, surge tanks; introduction to coastal hydraulics; hydrology, stream flow system analysis. Three lectures. Spring Prerequisite: CEEN 303, CEEN 307 with a minimum of C grade.

CIVL 415. Civil Engineering Projects. 3 Credits.

Individual student research or design projects, utilizing computer methods, experimentation and literature surveys. Proposal and report required. Under the sponsorship of a civil engineering faculty member; must be approved in writing by the Chairperson; for students of superior ability. Prerequisite: Senior Status*.

CIVL 416. Fe Prep. 0 Credits.

CIVL 417. Civil Engineering Practice. 3 Credits.

This course presents non-engineering skills needed to prepare students for professional careers in engineering. Through classroom lectures, workshops, collaborative projects and professional presentations from guest speakers, students will learn how the following are essential to an engineers full professional life: Public vs. Private Sector employment opportunities:Diversity;Ethics;Legal and Financial Matters; Public Involvement;Social Media; Client Relations; The Competitive Process; Program Management;Project Management; and Leadership.

CIVL 418. Transportation Engineering Capstone Design. 3 Credits.

This course is the capstone design course in transportation engineering. It is a project based course focusing on the design of roadways, highways and bridges according to the AASHTO, ITE Best Practices, and other state guidelines and codes. The students will work in groups and are responsible of submitting several written reports and participate in a technical oral presentation. In addition, the course will focus on Highway Funding; Travel Forecasting; Ethical Practice; Design Standards and Geometrics; Interchanges and Intersections; Parking; Traffic Control Devices; Highway Maintenance; Roadside Design; Earhwork; Traffic Flow and Capacity Analysis. Spring.

CIVL 440. Special Topics. 1 Credit.

CIVL 498. Seminar III. 1 Credit.

A series of lectures and field trips designed to expose students to different facets of the Civil and Environmental Engineering profession. Material will cover current trends in the professional and research fields within the discipline, as well as closely associated disciplines. Students will write papers based on material covered. All three courses will be offered each semester. Students will be required to take all three courses in order to graduate. These courses are only open to Junior and Senior students in the Civil & Environmental Engineering undergraduate program. The cumulative credits in the three courses will count as a technical elective.

CIVL 501. Introduction to Geoenvironmental Engineering. 3 Credits.

Application of geotechnical engineering in the design and analyses of environmental systems. Waste Disposal, waste containment systems, waste stabilization. Engineering design of solid and hazardous waste landfills. Groundwater monitoring at landfill sites. Use of geosynthetics in containment system design. Slurry walls and other containment systems. Three lectures. Spring. Pre-requisite: CIVL 310.

CIVL 505. Wood Structures. 3 Credits.

Mechanical properties of wood; orthotropic nature of wood as a material, dimensional instability, susceptibility to biological deterioration, implications of duration and types of load. Design of solid, laminated and composite beams, columns, shear walls, diaphragms, roofs and trusses. Behavior and design of mechanical connections. Introduction to light framed wood structures, arches, bridges and other timber structures. Prerequisite: Senior Status* and permission of the Chair.

CIVL 506. Tunneling. 3 Credits.

This course covers analysis, design and construction issues for the tunneling in soils and/or rocks. The specific areas covered include planning, rock mass classification, rock failure mechanisms, initial excavation supports, design considerations for permanent linings, tunnel excavation methods, groundwater control, ground control measures, and tunnel security. The design considerations of high pressure water tunnels are also discussed including selection of permanent liners, coupled hydro-mechanical behavior of jointed rock mass and evaluation of hydro-jacking potential. Finally, tunnel security against earthquake, fire and explosion is discussed. Prerequisites: CIVL 405, Senior Status*, and permission of the Chair.

CIVL 532. Advanced Strength of Material. 3 Credits.

Stresses in two and three dimensions; symmetrical and unsymmetrical bending; shear center; curved beams; beams on elastic foundation; thin plates and shells; torsion of non-circular sections; thick-walled cylinders. Three lectures. Prerequisite: ENGS 230, CIVL 312 with a minimum of C grade.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Courses

CEEN 303. Fluid Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Fluid properties; fluid statics. Fundamentals of incompressible fluid flow; continuity, momentum, energy-Bernoulli's equation, house piping, pipe friction and minor losers. Laminar and turbulent flow. Fluid measurements. Open channel flow; Manning equation, normal and critical depth, hydraulic jump. Dimensional analysis and similitude. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisite: ENGS 206 with a minimum of C grade.

CEEN 304. Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. 1 Credit.

Application and verification of principles of fluid mechanics. Three hours. Fall.

CEEN 305. Energy and the Environment. 3 Credits.

Course involving the application of thermodynamics, mass balances and engineering principles to energy production, thermal pollution, air quality, climate change, resource recovery and sustainability. Specific topics include the thermodynamics of energy production, pollutant emissions, the Clean Air Act, meteorology, atmospheric transport of pollutants, the global energy balance, the energy water nexus, CO2 emissions and climate change, alternative energy supplies, energy conservation and resource recovery. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisite: ENGS 204 with a minimum of C grade.

CEEN 307. Hydraulic Design. 3 Credits.

Design of water supply and waste transport systems. Reservoir design, flood routing; aqueduct design, structural requirements; distribution systems analysis. Design of sanitary sewer system. Storm drainage system analysis, rainfall-runoff relationship. Two lectures, one two-hour problem period. Spring. Prerequisite: CEEN 303 with a minimum of C grade.

CEEN 308. Reliability Analysis in Civil and Environmental Engineering. 3 Credits.

Statistics, data analysis and inferential statistics, distributions, confidence intervals. Application of statistics and probability theory in civil engineering disciplines; structures, water resources, transportation, environmental, and geotechnical. Three lectures.Fall. Prerequisite: MATH 286 (or MATH 203), ENGS 230 with a minimum of C grade.

CEEN 309. Environmental Law. 3 Credits.

A course exploring a particular topic within Unite States Government. Specific topics vary and are announced by the department. This course is cross-referenced with GOVT 325, Special Topics: United States Government.

CEEN 401. Sustainable Water Resource Engineering. 3 Credits.

An examination of water resource issues at local, regional and global scales. Special emphasis will be placed on the effects of climate change on water resources, restoration of aquatic ecosystems, and methods of low-impact development and green infrastructure. The course will include an examination of water resources policy and regulation, sustainability principles and concepts, water issues in the developing world, water supply protection, approaches to flood damage control, watershed management and water quality. Control and emerging water resource issues in the New York City and the Tri-state areas will be used as case studies. Prerequisites: ENGS 204, CEEN 307.

Environmental Engineering Courses

ENVL 315. Engineering Ecology. 3 Credits.

Principles of general ecology. Biochemical pathways, kinetics, ecosystem structure and function, and nutrient cycling. Development and application of mass balance models for lake eutrophication. Preliminary design of waste ponds and constructed wetlands. Transfer of toxic chemicals in food webs. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisite: ENGS 204.

ENVL 406. Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes. 3 Credits.

Study of the fundamental principles used to treat both drinking water and waste water. Drinking water treatment principles include Stokes law for particle settling, theory of coagulation and flocculation, porous media filtration, and disinfection. Principles for wastewater treatment include reactor analyses, growth and degradation kinetics for biological oxidation processes, anaerobic digestion of complex organics, and hindered and compression settling. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisite: CEEN 305.

ENVL 408. Environmental Engineering Design. 3 Credits.

Engineering design concepts applied to environmental facilities and infrastructure. The course may include the design of new or upgraded facilities such as water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, industrial treatment plants and hazardous waste treatment systems. All designs will include: data analysis to establish basis of design: process selection and sizing; plant layout and siting; major equipment and instrumentation selection and sizing; energy and chemical requirements; overall plant mass balances and cost analysis; hydraulic profile. Two lectures and one two-period design sessions. Spring. Prerequisites: CEEN 307, CIVL 310 and ENVL 406 with a minimum of C grade, Senior Status or permission of the Chair.

ENVL 410. Hazardous Waste Management. 3 Credits.

Fundamentals of hazardous waste management and treatment design. Includes review of current hazardous waste regulations, groundwater and air contaminant fate and transport concepts, and risk assessment. Primary focus on the treatment processes including air stripping of volatile compounds, bioremediation of contained aquifers and soils, incineration. Emerging treatment technologies will also be presented. Spring. Prerequisite: ENGS 204.

ENVL 439. Environmental Engineering Projects. 1-3 Credit.

Individual student research or design projects, utilizing computer methods, laboratory experimentation, field studies and literature surveys. Proposal and report required. Under the sponsorship of an environmental engineering faculty member. Must be approved in writing by the chair. For students of superior ability. Fall, Spring.

ENVL 505. Surface Water Quality Modeling. 3 Credits.

Principles governing the transport and fate of contaminants in rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs. Water quality standards, transport processes, water quality modeling for water-borne disease, dissolved oxygen, and nutrient enrichment. Engineering controls to meet water quality objectives and case studies are presented. Computer solutions to some problems are required. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisite: ENGS 204, CEEN 303.

ENVL 507. Groundwater. 3 Credits.

Basic principles of groundwater hydrology and subsurface contaminant transport. Construction and use of flow nets; pumping well and aquifer response under confined and unconfined conditions. Contaminant sources, transport, adsorption and degradation; the behavior of contaminant (non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs)) in the subsurface. Design of groundwater extraction systems, subsurface cutoff walls, caps, and emerging technologies for soil treatment. Three lectures. Fall. Prerequisites: ENGS 204, CEEN 303.

ENVL 517. Environmental Law. 3 Credits.

Introduction to legal aspects of environmental regulations. Historical perspectives and current regulation for air, land and water quality. Application of cradle to grave" tracking. Three lectures. Fall.".

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