Civil engineers design, construct, manage, and maintain physical facilities, buildings, bridges, roads, tunnels, dams, power plants, and systems for water treatment and waste disposal. Study includes fundamental instruction in math, physics and chemistry as applied to civil engineering. Other courses include fluid mechanics, hydrology, soils, transportation and computers.
High School Preparation
One-half unit of trigonometry is required; one year each of physics, calculus and chemistry are recommended.
The civil engineering major requires math beyond basic calculus and upper-division lab sciences.
- advanced math
- computer graphics
- transportation, traffic, highway and airport engineering
- geotechnical engineering and geomechanics
- hydrology, hydraulic engineering and water resources engineering
- structural engineering
- environmental engineering
- construction engineering management
Civil engineering graduates find positions in government agencies, private industry, engineering consulting firms, construction firms and more.