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Civil Engineering major

Buildings that make a strong urban statement. Tunnels and bridges that link countries and cultures. Systems that drive clean water to and dirty water away from cities. Roadways. Airports. Public spaces. These make up the infrastructure of civilization — and civil engineers bring them from bold ideas to concrete realities.

Increase your marketability.

Though you can major in general civil engineering, you may also specialize in the areas of environmental and water resources, structural engineering, construction management, transportation, and urban engineering — all fields projected to experience continued growth in the coming decade.

Structural specialist and environmental experts.

As a civil engineering major, you'll get hands-on experience with the tools and materials of your craft in our seven labs: structures, environmental, asphalt, concrete, hydraulics, computer modeling and soil mechanics.

Thinking about architecture?

Consider the civil engineering major. There are some similarities between the professions and a key difference — the job market for civil engineers is much healthier. (Many civil engineers, in support of their profession, will tell you it's their expertise in materials use that enables architects' ideas to work.)

Build better buildings.

With a specialization in structural engineering and course work in computerized structural analysis and design, you can find ways to solve the mysteries of structural failures and to construct buildings, bridges and dams that pass the test of time.

Clean up the planet.

Specialize in environmental and water resources to learn the fundamentals of designing systems for water resources and supply, wastewater treatment and disposal, air pollution control, and solid and hazardous waste management. You'll be well-prepared for a hot job market.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Introduction to Engineering Problem-solving
  • Introduction to Engineering Computing
  • Introduction to Graphics for Engineers
  • Calculus I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • Individual and Social Behavior Elective



  • Engineering Orientation
  • Elementary Surveying
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Engineering Economy
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective
  • Calculus III
  • Differential Equations
  • General Physics with Calculus I & II


  • Behavior and Properties of Engineering Materials
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Introduction to Transportation Engineering
  • Mechanics of Fluids
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Structural Analysis I
  • Cross-disciplinary Engineering Elective
  • Introduction to Construction Management
  • Philosophy of Human Nature


  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Engineering Fundamentals Review
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Steel Design I
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Two Civil Engineering Design Electives
  • Two Civil Engineering Electives
  • Theology Elective
  • Theory of Ethics

Civil Engineering

You might like the Civil Engineering major if you

✓ are strong in math and science

✓ are interested in problem-solving

✓ have a creative, imaginative mind

✓ like to build things

What can you do with a major in Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineering equipmentThough some of our graduates go directly to graduate school or law school, most typically work as structural, environmental, construction, geotechnical, transportation and hydraulic engineers.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in civil engineering.

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