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  • The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a tight-knit community of faculty, staff, and students. We are dedicated to making sure that you are successful in your time here at Syracuse University. We encourage you to make use of the resources available to you through the Department, College, and the University.

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    • Academic Advising

      Your advisor is a full-time faculty member to whom you have been assigned. Advisors take their roles seriously and are dedicated to enhancing your experience at Syracuse University. Although their primary role is to offer academic advice, they can also assist you to find university resources to help with personal problems, health and wellness, and employment options.

      You should see your advisor:

      • Before registration to plan your schedule;
      • If you are changing your schedule (adding, dropping, withdrawing from a class);
      • When declaring a minor;
      • When having problems, concerns, or questions;
      • When exploring co-op, internship, and job opportunities;
      • Whenever you need someone to listen and/or give advice.

      Your advisor can, and should be, more than just the person that signs your Undergraduate Advising Form. Your advisor is offering you access to their experiences and knowledge. Utilize that opportunity. You might learn more through your relationship with your advisor than you do in any course.

    • Minors

      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 great deal of additional credit hours.

      In order to declare a minor:

      1. Obtain a Declaration of a Minor petition*
      2. Obtain the signatures of your advisor, the department or college offering the minor, and your home college dean’s office, and
      3. Return the completed petition to your home college dean’s office.

      Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Catalog for a more detailed description of the requirements for each minor.

    • Becoming a Professional Engineer

      You have made the decision to become an engineer and have started down the path toward your dream. Congratulations! Now it’s time to make a second decision- the decision to follow the path to professional licensure.

      Professional licensure can open more doors than your degree alone can. You will become more promotable and enjoy a higher salary than unlicensed engineers. Professional engineers (PE’s) can expect salaries 15% to 25% higher than those who are not licensed. Many civil and environmental engineering positions require the PE designation.

      But, what does being a licensed professional mean?
      Being a PE means you have passed two exams and proven to the public and your peers that you have fulfilled the educational and experience requirements needed to become a licensed professional. As a licensed professional you can offer your engineering services directly to the public. A license earns you a higher level of respect and credibility as well as the opportunity for a more diverse career.

      Which exams do I need to take?
      The first exam you’ll take is the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination. This exam is typically the first step in the process leading to the P.E. license. It is designed for recent graduates who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree. The FE is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round. Once you pass the exam, you are classified as an engineer-in-training (EIT).

      Typically, after four years of professional experience you can take the second exam- the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Examination. Most PE discipline examinations are offered in both April and October, but some are offered only in October. After passing the PE exam and satisfying the requirements of your local board, you can use the distinguished P.E. designation.

      What if I fail?
      First of all, have some confidence! Historically, CIE students have passed the FE exam at rates above the national average. In most years, 70-90% of CIE seniors taking the exam have passed. If you prepare for the exam by studying in the months leading up to it, you are very likely to pass.

      However, students who do not pass the FE exam may re-take the exam. There is no limit to the number of times a person may take the FE exam.

      FE Exams
      Starting in 2014, the FE has transitioned to computer-based testing (CBT). Registration is now open year-round and examinees may select the exam time, date, and location that works best for them. Results are received 7–10 days after the exam. If you plan to take the FE exam, make sure to sign up for a feprep account. You will gain access to free FE exam review tools such as a discipline-specific FE Study Schedule and self-diagnostic Assessment. For additional information visit

      What Does the FE Exam Cover?
      The FE contains 110 multiple-choice questions. The exam appointment time is 6 hours long, which includes a nondisclosure agreement, tutorial (8 minutes), the exam (5 hours and 20 minutes), a scheduled break (25 minutes), and a brief survey. The FE exam is now offered in seven disciplines: Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical and other disciplines.