Civil Engineering Major

Description: A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of structural, load-bearing, material moving, transportation, water resource, and material control systems; and environmental safety measures. Is Civil Engineering the right major for you?
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Civil Engineering Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Civil Engineering?

Civil engineering students are characterized by their ability to create solutions. Where and how to build a road, home, civic center, or bridge can be seen as a problem. These students are able to analyze the information and develop a suitable solution. Students may like to build and create projects, to use their hands and draw.

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What Courses Do Civil Engineering Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Civil Engineering majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Bridge Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Programming
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Materials
  • Construction Safety
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Engineering Economy
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Engineering Measurements
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Graphics
  • Highway & Transportation Engineering
  • Hydraulics
  • Pavement Design
  • Project Scheduling
  • Statistics Engineering
  • Timber Structures
  • Urban Engineering
  • Water and Waste Treatment
  • Water Rights

Specializations In This Major

Various specializations related to a major in Civil Engineering may be offered by colleges and universities. These specializations may be of greater or lesser interest to you. A few of these specializations related to this field include, but are not limited to: