Civil engineers oversee the design and construction of facilities for society's use. Working with problems that directly affect the health and economic vitality of people and communities, civil engineers contribute their expertise to problems such as waste disposal; environmental pollution; transportation systems design; water resource development; and the design, construction and rehabilitation of constructed facilities.
The undergraduate degree program prepares students for a wide variety of career options in several fields of study.
Programs and Faculty Mentors
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Civil engineering embraces a wide variety of technological areas. These include environmental engineering, hydrotechnical engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, and structural engineering.
The bachelor of science degree in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
Dual Civil and Mining Engineering Degrees
Students can simultaneously pursue B.S. degrees in civil engineering and mining engineering by completing additional courses. The dual degrees offer students an opportunity to become prepared for entry in both the infrastructure and energy markets. The dual degree program requires satisfactory completion of 158 credit hours.
Fields of Study
In this field, students will learn about construction operations, construction safety and health, infrastructure management, decision-making support systems and construction project control.
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Students will learn how to protect society from the damaging effects of environmental contaminants, erosion and floods. This study area includes solid and hazardous waste management, environmental impact statements, hydraulics, flood control systems, coastal harbors, irrigation systems and management of facilities that provide water for our communities.
In this field, students will learn about the classification of soils, the design of shallow and deep foundations for structures, the design of stable earth slopes and earth retraining structures, permeability of geologic materials and seepage of water through soils and rocks, shear strength of geological materials, soil compaction and consolidation and effective stresses.
In this field, students will learn how to design, construct, maintain and rehabilitate society's many structures, including buildings, harbors and bridges, using construction materials such as concrete, steel, wood and composites.
Students in this field will focus on the design, construction and management of all aspects of transportation systems. These include highway construction, traffic control, airports, mass transit systems, railroads, inland waterways and urban rapid transit systems.