Major in civil engineering
Civil engineering is the engineering of the constructed facilities we encounter every day:
- buildings, bridges, tunnels, and dams
- waterways, railways, and highways
- water power, irrigation, drainage, and water supply
- wastewater and hazardous waste disposal
- environmental health systems
As a civil engineering major, you'll learn how to plan, design, construct, and manage public and private infrastructure and facilities. You'll also be prepared to address emerging engineering issues related to sustainability, climate change, and new energy resources.
The bachelor's degree program in civil engineering also offers a concentration in environmental resources engineering. Engineers in this field apply civil engineering principles and processes to solve problems relating to air pollution, water pollution, solid waste and hazardous waste management, renewable energy, and water resources engineering.
Casey Snook '16
Engineers Without Borders service project in Panama
- DM Smith
- J.F. White Contracting
- Mass Department of Transportation
- Tech Law
- STV Inc.
- Astrum Solar
- Atlantic Design Engineers, Inc.
- Briggs Engineering and Testing
- Electric Boat
- Environmental Partners Group, Inc.
- Highway Sustainability Research Center
- Johnson & Johnson
- Massachusetts Department of Transportation
- Siemens Industry, Inc.
- Suffolk Construction Co., Inc.
- UC Synergetic
As a civil engineering major, you'll apply engineering, mathematics, and science skills to analyze and interpret data and to design and conduct experiments. Our world-class faculty recognize that both civil and environmental aspects of the curriculum are integral to the training of engineers who can address the complex problems of today and tomorrow. The curriculum focuses on:
- Computing: access to software and hardware used by civil engineers for computer-aided design
- Communications: effective communications skills to help you work successfully with multidisciplinary teams
- Career preparation: you can design your program of study to pursue a career in environmental engineering, geotechnical and soil mechanics engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, hydrology and water resources engineering
For the bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering (BSCE), you'll complete 47 credits in civil engineering and a total of 122 credits overall.
- Experience: participate in co-op and internship programs with construction firms and government agencies—often while also earning money for college
- Community: participate in annual competitions; join student organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders
- New initiatives: collaborate, create, and explore at our IDEAStudio and the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research