Undergraduate Civil Engineering Program

Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam - the first time.

Our FE exam success rate is significantly higher than state and national averages. Many of our graduates continue their FE success and rank at the top of the state of Ohio's Professional Engineers' (PE) exam — the benchmark measure of excellence.

We prepare you for success:

  • Conduct real-world infrastructure design in your capstone design class
  • Collaborate with industry, government agencies and interdepartmental majors in our world-class design studio
  • Participate in our program's real-life surveying experience
  • Investigate the School of Engineering's cooperative education and service-learning opportunities for meaningful, hands-on professional opportunities

Customize your civil engineering education.

Our accredited program delivers an education in the principles and hands-on methods fundamental to the civil engineering profession.  With a wide range of possibilities, you can customize your education with technical electives in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resource engineering.

In the Marianist tradition, the program is rich in design opportunities and projects that link leadership and service to learning and scholarship. We focus our scholarship on advancing state-of-the-art design and building safer, reliable and affordable infrastructure.

Civil Engineering

The broad-based curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BCE) degree offers sufficient elective courses — achieve a concentration in construction, environmental engineering, structures, water resources, geotechnical or transportation.  

Civil engineering is the profession in which knowledge of the mathematical and physical sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to economically utilize the materials and forces of nature in improving and protecting the environment and providing structures and facilities for community, industry, and transportation for the progressive well-being of humanity.

Bachelor's Plus Master's Program

The School of Engineering offers a combined Bachelor's Plus Master's Program leading to both a bachelor's degree in an engineering major (chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, or technology) and a master's degree. Physics majors (College of Arts and Sciences) may also participate. The program is designed for the qualified student who wishes to pursue either greater specialization in a major area or to complement the undergraduate program with a related graduate-level concentration.  Most students who select the program have received some advanced placement upon entry to engineering at the first-year level or take occasional summer courses.

The formal request for entrance into this program may be made as early as before the first semester of the student's junior year, but the student should consult their department to determine exactly when this request should be made.  Admission requirements include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and permission from the chairperson of the department corresponding to the student's undergraduate major. 

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Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

ABET LogoOur civil engineering undergraduate program is
accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of 
ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Mission statement

The mission of the civil engineering program is to graduate broadly educated, technically competent individuals prepared for professional careers or for advanced studies.

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Civil engineering program educational objectives

University of Dayton Bachelor of Civil Engineering graduates are prepared to

  1. Have successful careers in civil engineering or other professions.
  2. Pursue advanced degrees in support of their chosen profession.
  3. Conduct professional and personal endeavors in a responsible and ethical manner.
  4. Seek service and leadership roles in their profession and community.
  5. Continue their professional and personal growth through a process of life-long learning.

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Civil engineering program outcomes

Below are the program outcomes of the Bachelor of Civil Engineering program at the University of Dayton:

a. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
b. The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
c. The ability to design a system, a component, or a process to meet desired needs.
d. The ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
e. The ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
f. The understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
g. The ability to communicate effectively.
h. A broad education necessary to understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a
global and societal context.
i. The recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
j. The knowledge of contemporary issues.
k. The ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for
engineering practices.

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Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation by the Numbers



AY 2012-2013




AY 2013-2014

Chemical 309 58 323
Civil 203 37 202
Electrical and Computer 262 37 259
Engineering Technology 285 82 268
Mechanical 648 103 724
Undeclared 120 92
TOTAL 1827 317 1868

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