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Civil & Environmental Technology - Program Description

The Civil & Environmental 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

ENGL 102 Oral and Written Expression (GER 10) 3
ENGS 101 Intro to Engineering 2
MATH MATH Elective 4
PHYS 121 College Physics I (GER 2) 3
PHYS 125 Physics Lab I* 1
SOET 116 Intro to Computer Aided Drafting & Design 2

Semester II Credits

CONS 172 Technical Statics 3
ENGS 102 Programming for Engineers 2
MATH MATH Elective 4
PHYS 122 College Physics II 3
PHYS 126 College Physics II Lab 1
SOET 250 Intro to 3D CADD and BIM 2

Semester III Credits

CHEM 150 College Chemistry I and Lab (GER 2) 4
CONS 101 Elementary Surveying 4
CONS 272 Strength of Materials for Technicians 3
CONS 280 Civil Engineering Materials 3
MATH MATH Elective*** 4

Semester IV Credits

CONS 220 Engineering Materials 3
CONS 285 Engineering Geology 4
CONS 322 Hydraulics 4
CONS 336 Structural Analysis 3
MATH MATH Elective 3

Semester V Credits

CONS 203 Advanced Surveying 4
CONS 385 Hydrology and Hydrogeology 4
CONS 386 Water Quality 4
Program Elective** 3

Semester VI Credits

SOET 274 Construction Management 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** 3

Semester VII Credits

CONS 314 Soil Mechanics* 4
SOET 377 Engineering Technology Issues 1
  General Electives (3,4,5,6,7,8 or 9) 3
  General Electives (3,4,5,6,7,8 or 9) 3
  Program Elective** 3
  Program Elective** 3

Semester VIII Credits

CONS 477 Capstone Project 3
SOET 348 Engineering Safety 1
  General Electives (3,4,5,6,7,8 or 9) 3
  Program Elective** 3
  Program Elective** 3

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

** Must be from approved list of program electives for the CET program or permission of program coordinator. One program elective must be in Structural Steel Design (CONS 324), Reinforced Concrete Design (CONS 304), or Structural Engineering Design (CONS 375).

*** MATH Elective = students must complete 4 MATH courses. At a minimum, students must enter the program at MATH 123. If entering at MATH 123, they will complete the following Math sequence: MATH 123, MATH 161, MATH 162, MATH 364. If entering at MATH 161 they will complete the following: MATH 161, MATH 162, MATH 364, and a 4th Math elective of their choice with approval of their advisor or program coordinator.

GER=General Education Requirement

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 Technology
Adrienne Rygel, Ph.D.
Department Chair