Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 126 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a civil engineering degree program?

Our program teaches students to make engineering and design decisions while considering a broad range of factors such as sustainability, aesthetic values, and environmental, economic, legal and technical limitations.

Graduates are trained to be problem solvers who will develop novel solutions to meet the complex challenges of urban development, pollution minimization, and improving an aging transportation network.

Our undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This provides assurance that your degree meets the high quality standards required to seek registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.).

Undergraduate research

Undergraduate civil engineering students have the opportunity to participate in research projects with world-renowned faculty. Student research is critical to advances in pavement sciences, earthquake engineering, water treatment and reuse, and transportation engineering research.

What do civil engineers earn?

The median starting salary for civil engineers is $65,000.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the bachelor's degree in civil engineering are trained to:

  • Design engineering solutions to real-world problems
  • Identify ways to make the built environment safer, greener, and more sustainable
  • Engage in life-long learning through professional development
  • Pursue graduate education and research at major research universities and national laboratories

Senior capstone project

In the College of Engineering, hands-on learning starts on day one. The first engineering class, Engineering 100, will challenge you to work in teams to design a hovercraft capable of traversing across a pre-set course. And in your final class before you graduate, you will work in a team to develop a product that’s ready for the marketplace. Your senior capstone project will be presented to potential employers at the annual Innovation Day. In between, you’ll gain hands-on experience in classrooms and research laboratories, putting your science and mathematical knowledge to work solving engineering problems.

Learn more about the civil and environmental engineering department

For over 120 years, our research programs and institutes have helped Nevada design safe and sustainable communities. 

Specializations in the civil engineering program

  • Earthquake and structural engineering

    Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in civil engineering can specialize in earthquake and structural engineering, which involves the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads, such as bridges or buildings.

  • Environmental engineering

    Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in civil engineering can specialize in environmental engineering, which uses science and engineering principles to improve the environment, with a special focus on advanced water treatment processes and technologies to expand water reuse in water-scarce regions.

  • Geotechnical engineering

    Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in civil engineering can specialize in geotechnical engineering, which 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.

  • Pavement engineering and science

    Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering can specialize in pavement engineering and science, which focuses on sustainability of pavement systems and advancing state-of-the-art design, construction, maintenance, and evaluation methods.

  • Transportation engineering

    Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in civil engineering can specialize in transportation engineering, which involves all aspects of planning, functional design, operation and facilities management for any mode of transportation.

  • Minor in environmental engineering

    Students may also pursue a minor in environmental engineering.

  • Minor in construction management

    Developed in conjunction with industry leaders, the construction management minor is designed to equip students with the skills needed to plan, direct, and coordinate construction activities. Because we work closely with construction companies, our curriculum remains aligned with the industry and students can obtain internships with local companies.

  • Accelerated B.S./M.S.

    The accelerated B.S./M.S. program encourages outstanding students in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno to obtain a M.S. degree in a shorter amount of time.

  • Accelerated B.S./MBA

    The College of Engineering, in partnership with the College of Business, offers a five-year program to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees.

  • M.S. and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering

    The College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno offers both an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering. 

Careers with a degree in civil engineering

Median starting salaries of $65,000

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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