Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science Degree
Civil engineers use their knowledge of science and engineering to design and maintain much of our world's infrastructure. They also apply their expertise to improve our quality of life, whether it's by designing safer buildings, reducing our carbon footprint or just shortening your commute. Their work helps solve many of our planet's most serious problems, including decaying roadways, clogged highways, polluted water and hazardous wastes.
Civil engineers generally specialize in a particular area. Our department offers five areas of specialization for students:
- Earthquake and structural engineering involves the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads, such as bridges or buildings.
- Environmental engineering uses science and engineering principles to improve the environment, with a special focus on air, water and land resources.
- Geotechnical engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the engineering behavior of earth materials such as soils, foundations and earth structures like tunnels, dams or levees.
- Pavements/materials engineering focuses on pavement design and materials as well as vehicle pavement interaction.
- Transportation engineering involves all aspects of planning, functional design, operation and facilities management for any mode of transportation.
Two cooperative training programs are available for civil engineering students. Both programs offer financial assistance through summer employment with the participating organizations.