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Overview

Civil engineering is the area of study and employment that is responsible for the management and construction of large projects, particularly citywide projects such as roads, subways and other similar public works projects. Individuals in this field are responsible for the management and supervision of projects, including planning and implementation of designs.

Education and Schools

Individuals wishing to pursue civil engineering will become familiarized with projects typical and atypical over the course of one’s education. Individuals will be educated in engineering principles, as well as various sciences, and architectural designs, in order to better construct and manage public works projects. A program in civil engineering will cover a variety of disciplines, sciences, and topics in order to best prepare individuals for a career. The most common degree pursued is a bachelor’s degree, although graduate level degrees are available.

A curriculum may include:

  • Architecture
  • Soil Preparation and Evaluation
  • Infrastructure Design and Construction 
  • Physics
  • Engineering Principles

When searching for schools, students should take into consideration several factors when considering a civil engineering program. These include whether the school utilizes local public works programs for internship opportunities, offer research positions, and if the facilities are regularly updated and modernly maintained in order to ensure the education provided remains relevant. Reviews of programs are typically available online, and departments running such programs may be contacted with relative ease in order to identify if such features are available.

The American Society for Engineering Education is an organization that has over the last 120 years worked to advance the cause of engineering education through the promotion of excellence in teaching, providing resources for development, and working to advance study and education for non engineers as well.

Employment Opportunities

Job growth for civil engineers is expected to be significant over the next decade. Such growth is attributed to population growth resulting in increased demand for infrastructure development and expansion. In addition, maintenance and retrofitting of previously existing buildings, other public works projects, and the like will be available in cities throughout the United States and require trained and educated individuals to work on them. Understanding not only the construction aspect, but being able to perform soil sampling and feasibility tests are also necessary. Employment will be pursued through public or private firms that are equipped to handle such large scale projects.

Colleges that Offer Civil Engineering by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have civil engineering programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known as "Virginia Tech," is a leading research institution - ranked 44th in the U.S. for its university research programs.  Virginia Tech is a land-grant institution located in Blacksburg, Virginia on...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,923
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (540) 231-6000

Programs Offered

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois at Urbana is the largest and oldest campus in the University of Illinois system and is a public research facility. History The University of Illinois at Urbana was...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $14,522
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (217) 333-1000

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

Texas A & M University is an international island university located in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is surrounded by natural wetlands, which provide a perfect laboratory for environmental and marine...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,506
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (979) 845-3211

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University was established in 1869 and stands as the flagship campus of the Purdue University System. About 270 programs are offered at the main campus in West Lafayette together with regional campuses located in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Westville, and Hammond in Indiana....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,900
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (765) 494-4600

Programs Offered

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

The University of California, Berkeley has a reputation of excellence, boasting many renowned graduates and faculty members.  In fact, 20 UC Berkeley faculty members have received Nobel awards.  According to a National Research Council analysis, UC Berkeley has at...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,874
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (510) 642-6000

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Institute of Technology ("Georgia Tech") is one of the top research universities, and among the top 10 public universities in the United States. Georgia Tech is situated on a 400-acre campus in Atlanta, Georgia. It offers many prestigious, nationally...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,098
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (404) 894-2000

Programs Offered

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Civil Engineering (B,M,D)

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida is located in Gainsville, Florida and is one of the three largest single campus universities in the US.  It is one of three research flagship universities within the State University System of Florida and is the most prestigious school of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,143
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (352) 392-3261

Programs Offered

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University at Raleigh (NC State) is ranked in the top 50 U.S. public universities, and number three in the U.S. among public universities that receive funding for research.  Research is a foundation of the academic culture at NC State, and 70...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,788
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (919) 515-2011

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)

Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University is located in University Park. It is a state-related, space grant, land grant public research facility. Also known as Penn State, the school has twenty-four campuses in Pennsylvania. University Park is the main and largest...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $16,444
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (814) 865-4700

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (C,B,M,D)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (C,B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (C,B,M,D)
  • Architectural Engineering (C,B,M,D)

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University provides a variety of degree programs for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Stanford, California and operated as a private institution. Stanford University has an annual student enrollment of approximately nineteen...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $42,225
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (650) 723-2300

Programs Offered

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Civil Engineering (B,M,D)

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship institution within the University of Texas System. This pubic research university is located in Austin, Texas, about one mile from the State...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,790
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (512) 471-3434

Programs Offered

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Architectural Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

Pomona, CA

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona (CPP), or "Cal Poly Pomona," is a public university situated barely 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Cal Poly Pomona is one of only two "Polytechnic" universities in the California...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,125
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (909) 869-7659

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (B)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B)
  • Chemical Engineering (B)
  • Civil Engineering (B)

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA

Known as the largest college in the northwestern region of the United States, the University of Washington is comprised of three campuses, the largest being UW in Seattle. It was founded in 1861 and now belongs among the top universities in the world. UW is also recognized as a...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,383
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (206) 543-2100

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)

University of California - Davis

Davis, CA

University of California - Davis (UCD), located in the northern city of Davis, California, offers the largest variety of degree programs among the University of California campuses.  UC Davis's programs are nationally ranked, thanks in part to the universities...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,877
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (530) 752-1011

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

About Clemson University, located in Clemson, South Carolina, was founded in 1889 through a donation of land and resources by Thomas Green Clemson upon his death. Mr. Clemson had desired to establish a...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,674
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (864) 656-4636

Programs Offered

  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Ceramic Sciences and Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the main campus of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System. Its founding in 1848 was the result of a Wisconsin constitutional provision, mandating the institution of a state university within the state...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,378
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (608) 262-1234

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

SUNY at Buffalo is "University at Buffalo - The State University of New York." The University at Buffalo is the flagship institution in the SUNY system, as well as its largest campus. Altogether, there are 64 campuses in the SUNY system. The...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,989
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (716) 645-2000

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Civil Engineering (B,M,D)

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

About The University of California – Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, California was founded in 1882 as the southern campus of the California State Normal School, originally located in what is now the Downtown Central...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,692
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (310) 825-4321

Programs Offered

  • Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located in St. Paul/Minneapolis and is a public research facility. History Though the University of Minnesota was founded on February 25, 1851, no...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,459
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (612) 625-5000

Programs Offered

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

Iowa State University (ISU) is a top ranking university in Ames, Iowa, which is considered one of the best places to live in America. The school's central campus is known for its beauty and historic landmarks, and is notable for its landscape...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,726
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (515) 294-5836

Programs Offered

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Bioengineering (B,M,D)
  • Chemical Engineering (B,M,D)
  • Civil Engineering (B,M,D)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.