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.

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • Urban Planning for Civil Engineers
  • Geographical Information Systems in Engineering and Planning
  • Air Quality Engineering
  • Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Design
  • Advanced Strength and Applied Stress Analysis
  • Bridge Design
  • Highway Planning and Design
  • Pavement Design

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in civil engineering, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.