Civil engineers work for society. They analyze, design, and supervise the construction of roads, buildings, water supply systems, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and wastewater treatment systems. They must consider many factors in the design process including regulations and policy issues, sustainability, fabrication costs and constructability, expected lifetime of a project, and risk assessment of natural events and potential hazards. Civil engineering is the broadest area of engineering and has the largest tangible impact on the quality of life, human health, and safety.


  • Construction engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Municipal engineer/planner
  • Structural engineer (buildings, bridges, towers)
  • Water resources engineer
  • Pollution control engineer
  • Project manager
  • Road and bridge designer
  • Transportation engineer (highways, urban transit, airports)

What you’ll study

The broad-based curriculum prepares you for a career by applying mathematics, chemistry, and physics to solve specific, real-world problems. You will learn about the principal areas of civil engineering and can get further depth in an emphasis area through your choice of technical electives:

  • Environmental engineering
  • Geoengineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water resources engineering
  • Municipal engineering

The curriculum also develops communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. Beyond the classroom, you can gain valuable hands-on experience with research, internships, co-ops, study abroad opportunities, and team competitions.

The Bachelor of Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.