College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
BS in Civil Engineering
About the Major
Our Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) prepares students for careers in structural, geotechnical, transportation, environmental, water resources, and construction engineering. Civil engineers will help solve critical challenges of the 21st century by rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure; planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining our built environment while protecting our natural resources; and leading multidisciplinary teams to achieve a sustainable world and raise the global quality of life.
Our program provides undergraduate laboratories and student-oriented collaborative space for research and project-based learning opportunities. Students creatively develop innovative solutions to issues facing society working alongside engaged faculty members and professional practitioners.
About the Minor
The Civil Engineering minor is an opportunity for students to take courses within the Civil Engineering program to gain hands-on experience related to water resources, construction, design, and more.
The following courses and requirements are recommended for those pursuing Civil Engineering. See more in the course catalog.
- CE 320 | Water Resources Engineering
- CE 352 | Transportation Engineering I
- ES 320 | Thermal-Fluids Engineering
- CE 430 | Foundation Engineering
- CE 464 | Civil Engineering Design Project I
The Construction Concentration provides electives for students interested in expanding their knowledge of the design, construction, and operation of buildings and infrastructure systems that are increasingly focused on sustainability. Learn more.
The Environmental Concentration within our Civil Engineering program provides engineering electives for those students who want to focus on optimizing the environmental, economic, and social conditions required for sustainable designs that enhance the quality of life for all of society. Learn more.
Students have the opportunity to participate in many different engineering clubs like the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB). As an added bonus, the Construction Institute which is part of the University’s rich academic environment, provides meaningful opportunities for students to learn from the Institute’s members through internships, lectures, and career preparation activities.
With our emphasis on undergraduate education, there are also many opportunities for undergraduate students to earn money by assisting faculty with their funded research. With the strong support of our alumni, there is a solid network available to help our students with paid internships during the school year and summer.
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIP
Over $200,000 in merit and need-based engineering scholarships are awarded annually to the college’s top-performing and most engaged students. In addition, the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) supports paid undergraduate student research on joint faculty-student projects, and opportunities to work on research funded by our industrial partners and government agencies.
Our industrial and local/state government partners, alumni, and faculty work closely with our career services department, to provide a strong and robust network so students can obtain paid internships during the school year and summer. Along with academic success in the classroom and involvement in extracurricular activities, these internships provide our graduates an added advantage to begin their career as a successful practicing engineer or continuing onto graduate school.
I started out as a biomedical engineer, but transferred when I realized it wasn’t for me. I soon fell in love with civil engineering and never looked back.
Interested in enrolling in the Civil Engineering program under the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA)? Here is what you need to submit your application.
4+1 Program (B.S. + M.Eng degrees)
The program is designed to allow full-time engineering students to earn their B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in five years of study. Two graduate-level courses taken in the undergraduate program may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Students usually commit to the program at the start of the second semester of their junior year, and juniors who are interested should contact their department chair.
In order to be accepted into the program, students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the junior year (below 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
Contact Laurie Granstrand to learn more.