Major in Civil Engineering
As a civil engineering major you will learn about designing and maintaining public and private infrastructure projects, including water systems, roads, airports, buildings, bridges and more.
Our bachelor of science in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
As a civil engineering major, you’ll gain the hands-on experience you need to become one of tomorrow’s engineering leaders. You will study:
- Environmental engineering — Solving hazardous waste and pollution problems, providing potable and economical water supply systems, and maintaining a safe environment.
- Geotechnical engineering — Examining the bearing capacities of soils, settlement of foundations and the design of both deep and shallow foundations.
- Structural analysis and design — Providing reliable and economical structures such as bridges, buildings, port facilities and intricate lock-and-dam facilities.
- Transportation engineering — Orchestrating the movement of people and cargo, designing airports and highways, and completing traffic studies to maintain efficient flows.
Gain real-world experience — and earn money — through our intensive four- or five-year co-op program, where you’re employed in a professional setting. You can also participate in many experiential-education opportunities, such as our senior-design project, community-redesign initiatives and annual steel bridge competition.
Upon successful completion of the civil engineering program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a career in civil engineering or a related professional field. Positions may include:
- Building control surveyor
- Civil engineer
- Design engineer
- Engineering geologist
- Environmental consultant
- Structural engineer
- Sustainability consultant