Civil engineering is the oldest of the engineering disciplines. Historians believe that the profession may have begun with the building of the Great Pyramids in Egypt, around 2,700 B.C. Since then, civil engineers have determined the fate of nations. Think about the roads and bridges that armies have traveled. The dams that provide hydro-electric power. The sanitation systems that have saved more lives than all the medical doctors in history by providing clean water to the general public. Today, civil engineering includes the sub-disciplines of structural, environmental, geotechnical, transportation, and water resources engineering, to name a few. When you complete our bachelor’s program, you’ll be ready for professional practice in this tremendously exciting field.
Innovativeness is a defining characteristic of the civil engineer. It’s what will enable you to solve the challenging problems facing society today — environmental pollution, traffic congestion, infrastructure rehabilitation, drinking water and energy needs, urban redevelopment, and community planning. Your work will also put you at the forefront of technology — you’ll be a leading user of some of the most sophisticated high-tech products available, such as GPS (Global Positioning Systems), GIS (Geographic Information Systems), CAD (Computer Aided Design systems), and task-specific computer software.
You’ll need good written and oral communication skills as well. Civil engineering is a people-oriented profession and requires heavy use of those skills.
The tools you need for success in civil engineering are the tools you’ll find in our bachelor’s program. As you become steeped in a climate that inspires innovation, you’ll broaden and deepen your knowledge through a painstakingly designed, interdisciplinary curriculum. The curriculum combines mathematics, basic and engineering sciences, communication, humanities, and social sciences with a broad base of civil engineering technologies.
Along with theory, you’ll learn from practical and laboratory experiences, problem solving, and engineering design applications, integrated throughout the curriculum.
Also, because the field of civil engineering is so broad, you’ll likely choose an area of specialty. We offer: