Civil Engineering


Who are Civil Engineers?

Civil Engineers design, build, and maintain the infrastructure of modern civilization. Civil Engineers are leaders who help and serve society by providing safe, functional, economical structures and facilities. Civil Engineers are unique problem solvers, who apply their technical know-how to meet the challenges of disaster relief, deteriorating facilities, traffic congestion, floods, earthquakes, environmental contamination, and community planning. The products of Civil Engineering include water treatment plants and distribution systems, power distribution facilities, roads, bridges, buildings, tunnels, dams, railroads, airports, docks, harbors, canals, offshore structures, and waste water treatment facilities.

Entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life, Civil Engineers serve competently, collaboratively, and ethically as planners, designers, constructors, and operators of society’s economic and social engines. Civil Engineers create the built environment; protect the natural environment and its resources; innovate and integrate ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic sectors; manager risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats; and lead in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy.

In the Army, Civil Engineers provide leadership and technical abilities to support combat operations through expertise in mobility, counter-mobility, and survivability operations.  Civil Engineers design and construct critical infrastructure such as base camps, roads, bridges, airfields, and ports.  As part of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Engineers provide vital public engineering to support our Nation’s security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters; Army Civil Engineers also manage the design, construction, maintenance and repair of facilities and infrastructure at Army installations worldwide.

What will I study?

The Civil Engineering curriculum is broad, rigorous, rewarding and relevant to the needs of the Army and the profession.  The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Graduates of the CE major are well prepared for professional practice, including licensure, and for subsequent graduate study in a variety of disciplines.

Civil Engineering majors apply the knowledge of mathematics and science; analyze and solve problems in structural, geotechnical, hydraulic/hydrology, construction engineering; conduct experiments in Civil Engineering technical areas, and analyze and interpret the resulting data; design a Civil Engineering project; use probability and statistics to address uncertainty; include principles of sustainability in design; explain basic concepts in project management, business, public policy, and leadership; analyze issues in professional ethics; and explain the importance of professional licensure. 

Civil Engineering majors engage in a year-long capstone project requiring them to identify, formulate, and solve a complex engineering problem in teams. The projects are open-ended in nature and involve the application of math, science, and engineering principles acquired in previous coursework. The teams use an iterative design process to define the problem and requirements, analyze alternatives within constraints (e.g., applicable codes and standards), and select the best alternative to solve the problem.  The design process takes into consideration public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. Teams communicate their process and solution through written deliverables and presentations to a range of audiences. 

Civil Engineering majors take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during the spring semester of their First-Class year.  Passing the FE exam is the essential first step in becoming a registered professional Civil Engineer.

Core Engineering Sequence cadets follow a three-course Infrastructure Engineering curriculum that provides an overview of engineering design, infrastructure fundamentals, and construction management. The capstone event is the design and construction planning of a base camp in an active theater of operations. Learn about the CES requirements...

Questions:  COL Joe Hanus , CE Program Director


Why study Civil Engineering?

  • Civil Engineers help people and build the future. Civil, in Civil Engineering, is civilization. Every day, everyone touches and lives what Civil Engineers design and build. At its core, Civil Engineering provides an opportunity for solving challenging, real-life problems for the benefit of people.

  • Engineers are explorers, inventors and professionals. They push technological frontiers to improve the quality of life for our nation’s citizens today and for the future.  Civil Engineers pursuing licensing as Professional Engineers, a qualification valued by the Army and demanded by society to design and build the requirements for a modern civilization.

  • Civil Engineering teaches you how things work. This will be of enormous benefit to you as an Army officer in an increasingly technically demanding world. The Army recognizes this and provides many postgraduate educational and research opportunities at top universities and research laboratories for its best engineering minds.

  • Civil Engineering teaches you how to think. Civil Engineers learn how to describe, analyze, and solve problems using mathematics and systematic problem-solving techniques. Learning to think logically and to work systematically contributes to the ability to address new and difficult problems with confidence.

  • Civil Engineering teaches you how to oversee complicated and interdisciplinary projects. Because a Civil Engineering education teaches you how things work and how to logically solve new problems, Civil Engineers are in very high demand as project managers across many private and public sectors.

  • Civil Engineering allows you to keep your options open. Civil Engineers possess excellent reasoning skills and understand their world. These qualities make Civil Engineers competitive for most graduate programs of study in engineering as well as law, business, and medicine.


2018 U.S. News and World Report - #2 Civil Undergraduate Program in the Nation

The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


ABET Student Outcomes and Program Educational Objectives

Current Civil Engineering Program Enrollments/Graduates:
Class Enrolled Graduated
2023 40  
2022 35  
2021 41  
2020 34 33
2019 45 44
2018 46 47
2017 41 33
2016 37 36