College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

BS in Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering program will prepare students for careers in various areas, such as a structural engineer, transportation, or environmental engineer.
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Contact Program Director Saleh Keshawarz for more information.

About the Major

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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.

Degree Requirements

The following courses and requirements are recommended for those pursuing Civil Engineering. See more in the course catalog.

Curriculum Highlights

  • 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

Construction Concentration

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.

Environmental Concentration

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.

Career Outlook

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.

SUCCESSFUL GRADUATES

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.

Ryann Yearwood

B.S.C.E., 2019

Ryann found a new love for engineering through the civil engineering program at UHart. She was also very involved on campus as the President of BSU (Brothers and Sisters United)—the oldest multicultural organization at the University; as well as the Vice-President of the Hip-Hop group on campus called Fenomena, and also the Torch Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers at UHart. Ryann recently got hired to be an Engineering Associate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and will be moving to California in July.

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Meet the Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department

Mary Arico
Associate Director, NASA CT Space Grant Consortium; Assistant Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Takafumi Asaki
Assistant Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Todd Brown
Applied Assistant Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Clara Fang
Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Ameh Fioklou
Assistant Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Alan Hadad
Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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David Jacobs
Adjunct Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Eric N. James
Assistant Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Saleh Keshawarz
Department Chair; Program Director, Civil Engineering; Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Barbara McCleary
Adjunct Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Michael Nowak
Interim Assistant Dean of Students; Program Director, Biomedical Engineering; Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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David Pines
Assistant Dean for Student Support; Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Ted Sussmann
Assistant Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Lee Townsend
Assistant Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
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Yang Yang
Assistant Professor
Architecture
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