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Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology - Program Description

The Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology curriculum provides students with a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree that meets the demands of today's industry. The program provides graduates with the background necessary to immediately launch a career and be competitive, successful, and able to advance. Graduates will also have the opportunity to pursue graduate study. Students gain preparation in general engineering technology concepts as well as specialized training in civil and environmental technology. This four-year curriculum provides flexibility with program electives for students to pursue areas of specific interest. Students will develop strong math and science skills, learn fundamental engineering concepts and practice, and after completing the core structural sequence (statics-strength of materials-structural analysis) will have the opportunity to explore different fields of engineering design (steel, reinforced concrete, timber, transportation, water and wastewater treatment, and environmental remediation).

Classes focus on applied skills, incorporate hands-on learning, offer field experiences, and have students working with their hands and equipment in the laboratory sessions. Small class sizes and faculty dedicated to undergraduate education ensure that the students get the personal care and assistance that they need to be successful in their education and future career. This hands-on experience and training prepares graduates for challenges encountered in the industry.

Students in this Major:

  • Are prepared for careers in the civil, environmental and construction industries
  • Develop CADD skills
  • Learn to do structural analysis and design
  • Learn surveying
  • Learn assess and remediate environmental contamination
  • Perform construction material laboratory tests
  • Practice professional communication
  • Work on and lead team efforts


Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
415 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 347-7700

Admission Requirements:

  • Freshmen will meet all general admission requirements to SUNY Canton.
  • Students should have completed four years regents level high school math and be ready for Pre-Calculus (MATH 123) and College Physics I (PHYS 121/125). Students not meeting these criteria will be required to take prerequisite math courses.
  • Students with a two-year college degree in a related program area will be evaluated
    and awarded maximum credit. They must have a minimum grade point average of
    2.75. Other transfer students will be evaluated on case-by-case basis.
  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.


The following shows the typical course sequence and program requirements.  Course descriptions and full course outlines are also available.  This and other pertinent academic information may also be found in the College Catalog.

Semester I Credits

CONS 101 Elementary Surveying 4
ENGS 101 Intro to Engineering 2
MATH 161 Calculus 4
PHYS 121
PHYS 131
College Physics I (GER 2) OR
University Physics I
PHYS 125
PHYS 135
Physics Lab I* OR
University Physics I Lab
SOET 116 Intro to Computer Aided Drafting & Design 2

Semester II Credits

CONS 172 Technical Statics 3
ENGL 102 Oral and Written Expression 3
MATH 162 Calculus II 4
PHYS 122
PHYS 132
College Physics II OR
University Physics II
PHYS 126
PHYS 136
College Physics II Lab OR
University Physics Lab II
  GER (7, 8, or 9) 3

Semester III Credits

CHEM 150 College Chemistry I (GER 2) 4
CONS 203 Advanced Surveying 3
CONS 272 Strength of Materials for Technicians 3
CONS 280 Civil Engineering Materials 3
MATH 263 Calculus III 4
MECH 221 Engineering Materials Lab 1

Semester IV Credits

CONS 216 Soils in Construction 3
ENGS 102 Programming for Engineers 4
MATH 364 Differential Equations 3
  Program Elective 2-4
  GER (3,4,5, or 6) 3

Semester V Credits

CONS 336 Structural Analysis 4
  Program Elective** 4
  Program Elective** 4
Program Elective** 3
General Electives (3,4,5,6,7,8 or 9) 3

Semester VI Credits

SOET 250 Intro to 3D CADD And BIM 3
CONS 387 Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
SOET 370 Engineering Economics 3
  General Electives (3,4,5,6,7,8 or 9) 3
  Program Electives** 2-4

Semester VII Credits

SOET 377 Engineering Ethics 1
  Program Elective** 2-4
  Program Elective** 2-4
  Program Elective** 2-4
  Program Elective** 2-4

Semester VIII Credits

CONS 477 Capstone Project 3
SOET 348 Engineering Safety 1
  Program Elective** 2-4
  Program Elective** 2-4
  Program Elective** 2-4

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

GER=General Education Requirement

** Program Electiives

  • CONS 222 Construction Estimating
  • CONS 285 Engineering Geology
  • CONS 304 Reinforced Concrete Design
  • CONS 316 Foundation Design
  • CONS 322 Hydraulics
  • CONS 324 Structural Steel Design
  • CONS 338 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • CONS 350 Introduction to GIS
  • CONS 366 Structural Steel Detailing
  • CONS 368 Building Electrical and Mechanical Systems
  • CONS 370 Timber Design
  • CONS 372 Highways and Transportation
  • CONS 385 Hydrology and Hydrogeology
  • CONS 386 Water Quality
  • CONS 387 Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • CONS 472 Advanced Highway Design
  • CONS 432 Civil Drafting and Design
  • CONS 226 Bridge Building
  • CONS 485 Solid Waste Management
  • CONS 487 Water Resources Management
  • AREA 110 Intro to Alternative Energy
  • AREA 320 Exp. and Meas. I
  • AREA 322 Passive Solar Building
  • AREA 340 Geothermal Energy
  • AREA 370 Exp. and Meas. II
  • BIOL 150 College Biology I
  • BIOL 155 College Biology II
  • BIOL 209 Microbiology
  • CHEM 155 College Chemistry II
  • CHEM 301 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 302 Ogranic Chemistry II
  • EADM 201 Fund of Emergeny Mgmt
  • ESCI 320 Weather, Climate and Climate Change
  • LEST 388 Environmental Law
  • MECH 220 Engineering Materials Lecture
  • MECH 340 Thermodynamics
  • MECH 341 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • SOET 352 Advanced REVIT and BIM Managment
  • SOET 430 Systems Analysis
  • MATH 141 Statistics

Note: Civil & Environmental Technology students must meet eight of the ten General Education Requirements and successfully complete the SUNY Canton Computer Competency requirement. Students must also have a 2.0 GPA in order to graduate from the program.

Additional Academic Options

Students in this program often pursue a Minor in Mathematics or Minor in Physics (other Minors are also available).


Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology
Adrienne Rygel, Ph.D.
Department Chair