Civil Engineering: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia offers one of the few and longest-standing ABET accredited civil engineering bachelor’s programs in the capital region. With this seal of approval, students are guaranteed to enjoy a modern learning experience driven by specific learning outcomes and focused around professionally-driven skills and competencies.

As the only urban land-grant institution in the nation, UDC’s mission of service to the District of Columbia community infuses the civil engineering curriculum, with a special emphasis on solving problems in urban areas like Washington, D.C. Students in the bachelor’s program have a unique opportunity to study the civil engineering challenges confronting urban communities, using Washington, D.C. as a learning laboratory.

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Civil Engineering

Highways, railroads, bridges, water mains—this physical infrastructure is the foundation of the modern world and urban communities. Infrastructure is more than just brick, wood, steel or concrete—it’s a network of complex, interdependent systems that require expert design, planning, construction, and repair. If our infrastructure fails, catastrophe can result.

The civil engineering bachelor’s degree program at the University of the District of Columbia helps you develop the technical, problem-solving, and analytical skills required to design and build the infrastructure that supports our society. With a civil engineering degree from UDC, you can play a part in securing our community and nation’s defenses against natural forces and homeland security threats while earning a degree in a high-demand professional field

The UDC civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accrediting Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Inc.


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Civil Engineering Program

The objective of the civil engineering bachelor’s program at UDC is to give students the knowledge, skills, and tools they need for an engineering career or advanced study in civil engineering, and to engage students in offering research and service for the Washington, D.C. community and broader public and field.

Students take a 128 credit hour plan of study to earn the bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Graduates are prepared to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination to become a licensed professional engineer (PE).
In addition to core courses, students in the civil engineering bachelor’s degree program have the opportunity to specialize in one of four concentrations:

  • Structural engineering
  • Water resources engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Construction engineering

Program Mission, Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes


The UDC Department of Civil Engineering serves the technological needs of society, especially with regards to the constructed environment in District of Columbia and Washington Metropolitan Region. We produce a diverse population of engineers, each possessing a superior technical foundation and a well-rounded liberal education. We thrive to create new opportunities for the communities and public and private industries of District of Colombia and beyond.

We create an academic environment within and outside of classroom that supports individual and group success through constant improvement. Our faculty focuses on learning, research and service – our core competencies. Our students are active learners, motivated to serve society. Our departmental administrators and staff are stewards of our self-governance, our roles within the university, and our support processes.

Through individual dedication, we contribute to our group success. We value critical thinking, innovation, individual responsibility, teamwork, and leadership.

Program Educational Objectives

In accordance with ABET accreditation criteria and pursuant to the University’s mission statement, the following program educational objectives (PEOs) have been established. Within three to six years of graduation, civil engineering graduates are expected to exhibit the following professional characteristics.

  • Practice civil engineering within the general areas of civil engineering or closely related field in the organizations that employ them as effective problem solvers.
  • Advance their knowledge of civil engineering or closely related fields to pursue graduate studies and/or professional studies.
  • Pursue professional development opportunities and career advancement through successfully earning their professional licensure by passing Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination and subsequent licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) within six years of graduation.
  • Serve as effective professionals role models based on commitment to lifelong learning through ongoing professional development, leadership training, and research opportunities along with a deep understanding of the social, ethical, and environmental context of a changing global work environment.

Program Enrollment & Graduation Data

Program: BS Civil Engineering
Student enrollment in Fall 2017 86
Number of graduates in AY17-18 17

Student Outcomes

Students graduating from the civil engineering program are expected to acquire the following:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply the engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration for public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Civil Engineering Program

The STEM Center for Research and Development is a valuable resource for civil engineering students, offering courses and enrichment activities designed to boost academic and professional competency, provide research opportunities, and increase student retention and graduation rates. Civil engineering students at UDC also participate in a number of formal student organizations and associations such as the National Society of Black Engineers.

Every February, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences hosts a week of special events to inspire current and future engineers at UDC. Engineers Week includes lab visits, project presentations, networking opportunities and other events sponsored by student groups and affiliated organizations.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Civil Engineering Program

Dr. Pradeep Behera, PE professor of civil engineering, studies stormwater management, non-point source pollution, water resources engineering, climate change and sustainable urban water systems. He previously worked as a senior water resources engineer in the private sector, and is a Diplomat Water Resources Engineering from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

Dr. Ahmet Zeytinci, PE professor of civil engineering, has co-authored and published dozens of peer-reviewed conference papers, including one deemed Best Paper in 2005 by the American Society for Engineering Education. He has more than 30 years of research, teaching, design and engineering practice, with past project including the award-winning 7th District Police Station in Washington, D.C., the Tube-Tunnel project between Asia and Europe, and the $350 million terminal building at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. He is a past president of the Society of Professional Engineers in Washington, D.C., (DCSPE) and is currently DCSPE Representative to the NSPE House of Delegates. Dr. Zeytinci is also co-coordinator of MATHCOUNTS for the District of Columbia.

Career Pathways and Prospects

Civil engineers are in high demand, and a civil engineering degree from UDC will prepare you for career opportunities in both the private and public sector. You can find UDC engineering alumni working at the D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority, NASA, Xerox, Motorola, Northwest Airlines, AT&T and the National Institutes of Health, just to name a few.

Your civil engineering degree also provides excellent preparation for you to pursue graduate studies right here at UDC or at other local and national institutions.

Regardless of your continuing education or career aspirations, a degree from one of the strongest ABET accredited engineering programs in the region will give you a leg up in achieving your personal and professional goals.

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