Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Research

Civil Engineering

Run your own business. Be on the front lines rebuilding America's infrastructure. Help turn developing countries into thriving nations. Save natural resources while saving millions of lives. Interested? Consider a career in civil engineering.

Civil engineers use their knowledge of physical systems to design, build, operate and maintain the infrastructure and public works necessary for a progressive and economically thriving society. In fact, some would argue that it is the infrastructure designed and constructed by civil engineers that makes a developed society. Wherever you look — under or above ground, in the ocean and on its surface, or in the air and in space — you will find projects created by civil engineers.

Program Overview

The civil engineering program provides a thorough education in the principles and methods fundamental to the civil engineering profession. A broad spectrum of courses allows you to maximize career options, as well as specialize in an area of interest. You can customize your education by concentrating your studies in environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering or water resources engineering.

Our well-equipped, high-tech laboratories are located in the Eugene W. Kettering Engineering and Research Laboratories. Our facilities include laboratories for environmental testing, hydraulics, materials testing, surveying and transportation, as well as a state-of-the-art design studio. In our comprehensive capstone design class, you will conduct real-world civil infrastructure design while collaborating with practitioners, industry and government agencies, and other engineering majors. Our program is also one of only a handful across the country to offer real-life surveying experience.

It's important to be well-prepared to begin your studies in civil engineering. At a minimum, you should take algebra, geometry and trigonometry, in addition to one year of both physics and chemistry. We also recommend calculus and computer science courses, as well as four years of English since your future career will depend on your ability to communicate effectively.

The civil engineering program at the University of Dayton is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: 410-347-7700.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Click on the "Review Degree Requirements" link and select your area of interest.