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The CEE curriculum at UMass Lowell is designed to prepare students for practice in Civil & Environmental Engineering at a professional level in the public or private sectors, and/or for advanced graduate studies. Students are given broad training in each of four specialty areas in CEE: environmental, structural, geotechnical and transportation engineering. Extensive hands-on laboratory experiences exist in each of the specialty areas, plus surveying.

The program requires successful completion of 128 credits, most of which are core required courses. There are with two professional electives and five open General Education electives (a sixth GenEd elective must be Economics I).

The first-year curriculum is common to most of the Departments in the College of Engineering (except for one course Intro to Engineering which is Department-specific). The first year is devoted to developing writing skills and proficiency in the areas of mathematics and science that serve as a a foundation for upper level professional studies.


During the second year, students learn the principles of engineering mechanics, strength of materials and surveying. Junior and senior year course work gives students a working knowledge of environmental, structural, geotechnical and transportation engineering. Engineering design concepts and computer proficiency, including computer-aided drafting and computer-aided engineering are integrated throughout the program.

The program culminates in a senior Capstone Design course which incorporates a multi-discipline, team approach towards the design and construction of a real-world Civil Engineering project.

Two senior professional electives are available for more specialization in a chosen area. In addition, more capable students may enroll in a five year joint BS/MS program. Students may also obtain a Minor in Mathematics by taking an additional eight credits of approved course work.

Please see the UMass Lowell online undergraduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.