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 public communicators. You may be expected to work with property owners, concerned citizens, city officials, attorneys and even doctors for concerns related to public health measures.
• Provide safe drinking water, control flooding and runoff
• Design foundations for buildings and structures
• Provide reliable and economical bridges, port 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
Civil engineers are hired by:
• consulting firms (municipal services, transportation, hazardous waste mitigation)
• government agencies (state departments of transportation, city planners, municipal engineers)
• industry (structural engineers, construction, project managers/analysts)
Consistent with the program educational objectives listed above, the cooperative civil engineering program will meet the ABET requirements:
Program credit requirements
For the Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, a minimum of 132 credit hours is required. These requirements are in addition to credit received for algebra, trigonometry and basic ROTC courses. At least two grade points per credit hour must also be obtained in all courses taken in civil engineering.