Civil Engineering Major

The bridges, roads and highways you drive on. Your favorite sports stadium or roller coaster. Civil engineers made all of these things possible. They clean the environment and purify our water. Who determines if the ground is secure enough to support a high-rise building? Or if the soil is free of hazardous material? Who is currently working on the Golden Gate Bridge to ensure its stability through an 8.3 magnitude earthquake? Civil engineers. They are developing high-speed subways for the world’s biggest cities. At the same time, they are designing systems to deliver clean water to the world’s impoverished communities.

Quick Stats

Academic Year 2012-13

Enrollment: 270, Degrees Awarded: 62, Avg. Starting Salary: $50,500

Areas of Concentration

Students majoring in Civil Engineering & Mechanics have the opportunity to concentrate in one of the following four areas:

Geotechnical engineering deals with soil and rock as engineering materials. Geotechnical engineers may be involved in the analysis, design, and construction of foundations, retaining structures, earth and rock dams, excavations, tunnels, landfills, toxic waste remediation projects, and other areas related to construction.

Structural engineering deals with the analysis, design, fabrication, and construction of all types of structures, including buildings, bridges, tunnels, retaining walls, foundations, dams, and aerospace and pressure vessels. With recent advances in the area, the structural engineer must have considerable competence in the use of computers and understanding of structural materials.

Transportation and municipal engineering includes activities to carry out the public works programs of local government units, including the planning, design, construction, and management functions related to street, sewerage, and water supply systems. Transportation engineering deals with the planning, design, and operation of transportation systems, such as highways, public transit, airports, and railways.

Water resources and environmental engineering deals with problems of water resources and the environment. It includes water resources development such as water supply systems for human, irrigation, energy, and industrial use; and environmental mitigation practices such as sewerage systems, contamination remediation, drainage, flood and erosion control as well as pollution control. It also includes natural resources management such as river, lake and groundwater restoration and management.

Important Links

Civil Engineering & Mechanics Department
Learn about the civil engineering & mechanics faculty, research, news and more.

Curriculum Sheet
Learn about civil engineering & mechanics credit information, prerequisites, requirements and electives.

Undergraduate Bulletin
The undergraduate bulletin provides course descriptions for civil engineering & mechanics courses.

Related Student Organizations
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)


Civil Engineering Major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
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