All Civil and Environmental Engineering students are strongly encouraged to pursue a minor. Employers of our graduates have expressed the need for engineering students to diversify their curriculum in order to successfully compete in the job market. Minors can be used to broaden and enhance your educational experience, increase your employability, or explore an area of personal interest. Many minors can easily fit into your schedule. In many cases minors can be obtained without a large number of additional credit hours.
In order to declare a minor:
- Obtain a Declaration of a Minor petition,
- Obtain the signatures of your faculty advisor, the department or college offering the minor, and your home college dean's office, and
- Return the completed petition to your home college dean's office.
Please refer to https://www.syracuse.edu/academics/undergraduate-majors-minors/ for a detailed description of the requirements for each minor.
The following are minors thought to be especially complementary to the Civil or Environmental Engineering major. Many of the courses required for completion of the minors can also be used to fulfill the professional electives and, in some cases, the Social Sciences/Humanities requirements for your major. Please contact the minor department to verify required courses as they may change.
School of Architecture
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Engineering & Computer Science
Civil Engineering Minor
Dr. Eric Lui
151C Link Hall
Description: The Civil Engineering minor is designed to give students the opportunity to learn and apply basic engineering knowledge to solve problems related to the analysis, design and construction of civil infrastructure. Students enrolled in this program have the option to focus on one specific discipline or explore several areas of civil engineering.
Admission: This minor is available to all University students who have the necessary prerequisites (see the section on restrictions) and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above on a space-available basis. To be admitted to the program, students must submit a Declaration of Minor form signed by their academic advisor, the civil engineering minor coordinator, and the academic dean of their home school/college.
Requirements: To complete a minor in civil engineering, students are required to declare the minor using the minor declaration form, and take a minimum of six courses (at least 18 credits) as described below with a combined GPA of at least 2.00.
· Core Courses (6 Credits)
Both Core Courses are required for a total of 6 Credit Hours. Courses include:
- ECS 221 - Statics;
- CEE 325 – Mechanics of Materials.
· Focus Area (6 – 7 Credits)
Choose two courses selected from any one of the following three focus areas:
Construction and Infrastructure Engineering
- CEE 401 – Construction Engineering and Project Management;
- CEE 405 – Construction Estimating and Scheduling;
- CEE 465 – Modern Urban Infrastructure.
- Any 300 level and above CEE courses on construction engineering and management.
- CEE 337 – Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
- CEE 338 – Foundation Engineering
- CEE 331 – Analysis of Structures and Materials
- CEE 338 – Design of Concrete Structure
· Elective CEE Courses (6 – 7 Credits)
Two Additional 300 Level and Above CEE Courses.
Restrictions: Students enrolled in this program should have taken MAT 295 - Calculus I, MAT 296 - Calculus II, and PHY 211 - General Physics I; or their equivalents.
Infrastructure, Cities, and the Future Minor
Dr. Andria Costello Staniec
151G Link Hall
Description: The Infrastructure, Cities, and the Future minor is designed to prepare students to take on the task of employing innovative techniques for building, financing, managing, designing, and envisioning infrastructure and to provide leadership in the infrastructure industry. Students completing the program will be prepared to engage in research and commentary as infrastructure policy and practice evolves. More broadly, the minor prepares students to participate in design, policy choices and decision-making about infrastructure development and management, whether as informed citizens or infrastructure professionals.
Admission: This minor is available to all University undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above. To be admitted to the program, students must submit a Declaration of Minor form signed by their academic advisor; Infrastructure, Cities, and the Future minor coordinator; and the academic dean of their home school/college.
Requirements: To complete a minor in Infrastructure, Cities, and the Future, students are required to declare the minor using the minor declaration form, and take a minimum of six courses (at least 18 credits) as described below with a combined GPA of at least 2.00.
· Core Courses (9 Credits)
Three Core Courses are required for a total of 9 Credit Hours. Courses include:
- CEE 275/BUA 275 Infrastructure and Society: Interdisciplinary view of urban infrastructure. Resilience, sustainability, economic and community impacts, finance, infrastructure development in the global economy, and smart cities.
- CEE 361/BUA 361 Evolution of an Infrastructure Project: Lifecycle stages of infrastructure projects. Needs assessment, feasibility analysis, project delivery, public budgeting, project financing, risk allocation, urban design, permitting and zoning, sustainability criteria, project detailed design, construction management and troubleshooting, asset management, and disaster-response infrastructure.
- CEE 362/BUA 362 Infrastructure Design Capstone Course: Review and integration of fundamental principles of infrastructure systems including smart city applications. Hands-on infrastructure design projects allow student teams to demonstrate competency in applying concepts and tools introduced in prerequisite courses.
· Elective Courses (9 Credits)
Three courses drawn from a list of allowable courses from ECS, Maxwell, Whitman, VPA, Falk, and the iSchool. The Minor Coordinator has an updated list of elective courses for the current academic year.