The Roman aqueducts, the London Bridge, the Hoover Dam, JFK airport — civil projects are found worldwide and throughout history. Civil engineers had a hand in the construction of each, and with quickly growing populations straining today’s infrastructures, they’re sure to spend time improving and building upon our built environment now and into the future.

Join the School of Engineering's BS program in Civil Engineering and be a part of their ranks. You’ll train for a broad and exciting field with major impacts on society and its infrastructure. Our program is strongly practice-oriented, heavily emphasizing design, to prepare you for entry-level positions in any civil engineering sub-discipline or for graduate study.

The Civil Engineering Department expects that within 3 to 5 years of graduating, its graduates will:

  • Be working in a responsible position in civil engineering or a closely-related profession (not including those who are engaged in full-time graduate study);
  • Have advanced in their careers to a position of higher responsibility; and/or
  • Be engaged in some form of continuing education, including, but not limited to, graduate education, professional development programs, relevant short courses and seminars, in-house training programs, or similar activities.

Transfer Students and Credits

The Department of Civil Engineering has established additional requirements and interpreted the Institute guidelines (found on this page; additional information can be found in the catalog).

The 128-credit curriculum is fulfilled by combining transfer credits, credits by examination and courses taken at the School of Engineering. Transfer credits in mathematics, chemistry, physics, humanities and social sciences are evaluated by the Office of Academic Affairs with faculty guidance from specific departments. Transfer credits in civil engineering and other technical areas are evaluated by the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering. The length of time for a transfer student to complete the BS in Civil Engineering depends upon 3 factors:

  • The total number of transfer credits awarded;
  • The particular courses required to complete degree requirements; and
  • Enrollment status (part-time or full-time).

Transfer students should understand that they can be awarded transfer credits for courses with a C grade or better and then only for courses that are applicable toward the BS in Civil Engineering curriculum.

A residency requirement also must be fulfilled. To earn a BS, a student must complete a minimum of 30 credits at the School of Engineering at the junior or senior level (courses numbered CE 3XXX or CE 4XXX). These credits must include the design project, CE 4814.

Part-Time Students

You may register as a part-time student (fewer than 12 credits a semester), though the department does not offer many undergraduate courses in the evening If you are enrolled as a part-time student, you should maintain close contact with your academic advisers to work out the details of course sequencing efficiently and effectively.