Civil engineers design and manage large-scale projects characterized by great size, complexity, longevity and cost. Society relies and commerce thrives upon the systems and structures they create—from buildings and the plants that power them to the roads, bridges, tunnels and waterways that connect it all.
Our students receive rigorous training in the fundamentals of the physical sciences, mathematics, and scientific methods, coupled with complementary studies in the humanities and social sciences. They acquire critical thinking and problem-solving skills, develop their powers of analysis and design, learn how to communicate effectively, and work as part of a team. And they graduate with broad technical knowledge and a strong sense of how best to apply it in a globalized society.
It takes approximately 131 credit hours of course work to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering (BSCE) at Lehigh. Elective courses total 36 credit hours of the BSCE degree.
Engineering majors typically complete 28-30 credits their first year. Here's what a typical civil engineering course curriculum looks like:
Freshman year, first semester (15 - 16 credits)
Freshman year, second semester (15 - 16 credits)
*The required science courses, one taken fall semester and the other taken in spring, are:
Sophomore year, first semester (17 credit hours)
Sophomore year, second semester (18 credit hours)
Junior year, first semester (16 credit hours)
Junior year, second semester (17 credit hours)
Senior year, first semester (17-18 credit hours)
Senior year, second semester (15-16 credit hours)