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
- CDM Smith
- DW White Construction
- J.F. White Contracting
- Mass Clean Energy Center
- RI DOT
- STV Inc.
Graduate school placements
- UMass Amherst
- Worcester PolyTech
- CDM Smith
- GZA GeoEnvironmental
- Highway Sustainability Research Center
- Johnson & Johnson
- 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.
- Intro to Environmental Engineering
- Soil Mechanics
- Fluid Mechanics
- Structural Analysis
- Transportation Engineering
Elective courses include advanced hydrology, geoenvironmental engineering, hazardous waste management, intelligent transportation systems, pavement design and management, structure materials, wastewater treatment, and water treatment.
For the bachelor's degree in civil engineering, you'll complete 47 credits in civil engineering and a total of 122 credits overall.
- Capstone projects: senior engineering students work in small teams on real-world, industry-specific challenges that demand analysis, proposals, prototypes, and solutions.
- 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.
- Experience: participate in co-op and internship programs with construction firms and government agencies—often while also earning money for college.
- New initiatives: collaborate, create, and explore at our IDEAStudio and the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research.
UMassD's undergraduate experiences include:
UMass Dartmouth offers a great transfer experience for students who:
- have graduated from an accredited community college, or
- have earned college credits from an accredited college or university