Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program

Develop problem-solving skills as a civil engineer

Civil engineers apply the latest in high-tech equipment and sophisticated procedures to address challenges concerning our environment and infrastructure.

As a civil engineer

You will plan, design and supervise construction of bridges, dams, interstate highways and buildings. Service to the community, its development and improvement are fundamental aspects of a civil engineering career. Although you may specialize within a given area, you will be interacting with specialists in other areas, such as mechanical, electrical or geological engineering in the planning, design and construction of complex facilities.

Civil engineers must be effective in communicating with the public. You may be expected to work with property owners, concerned citizens, city officials, attorneys and even medical doctors for concerns related to public health measures.

Civil engineers:

  • Provide safe drinking water, control flooding and runoff
  • Design foundations for buildings and structures
  • Provide reliable and economical bridges, ports facilities and intricate dams
  • Move people and cargo from place to place
  • Refine construction techniques
  • Manage projects, quality control and contract administration
  • Develop construction materials such as asphalt, concrete and composites

Careers and outcomes

Civil engineers are hired by consulting firms (municipal services, transportation, hazardous waste mitigation), government agencies (state departments of transportation, city planners, municipal engineers) and industry (structural engineers, construction, project managers/analysts).