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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 Infrastructure
  • Introduction to Engineering Computing, Analysis, Design and Communication
  • Introduction to Graphics for Engineers
  • Calculus I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Contemporary Presentation
  • Introduction to Theology



  • Introduction to Civil Infrastructure, Geo-Spatial and Environmental Modeling
  • Introduction to Building Information Modeling
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Civil Engineering Methods
  • Professional Development for Engineers
  • Differential Equations for Biomedical and Civil Engineers
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • General Physics with Calculus I & II


  • Statistical Methods
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis I
  • Introduction to Construction Management


  • Civil Engineering Capstone Design
  • Steel Design I
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Civil Engineering Design Electives
  • 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.

Visit the department that offers the civil engineering major.

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