Civil - Prospective Undergraduate Students

B.S. in Civil Engineering

ABET Accreditation
The B.S. degree in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering Icon Civil engineering is a people-serving profession dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life and sustaining our natural resources and energy. Civil engineering means tackling challenging science and engineering assignments, embracing the professional responsibility to make things better and working with people all over the world.

As a civil engineer, you will design, build, and assess airports, buildings, bridges, dams, foundations, roads, tunnels, water and wastewater systems, and many other infrastructure. Civil engineering features such specialties as structural, water resources, environmental, architectural, transportation and geo-technical engineering.  In our program, you'll develop leadership and hands-on skills through regional and national team competitions, research with faculty, and participation in national student organizations. 

Degree Emphasis Areas in Civil Engineering
As a professional discipline, civil engineering is closely related to the total human environment. Undergraduate students are required to take classes in each of the following subject areas, and can emphasize one or more areas during their course of study:
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water resources engineering
Program Locations
Scott Engineering Center
Lincoln City Campus - Scott Engineering Center

Omaha Peter Kiewit Institute
Omaha Campus - PKI

The department offers undergraduate programs on both campuses of the UNL College of Engineering: in Lincoln and in Omaha (at The Peter Kiewit Institute on the UNO campus). The campuses are approximately 50 miles apart and feature faculty, classrooms, and research labs.

Choose any of the links below to find out more about these degree programs and joining Nebraska Engineering.

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers - student chapter
  • Water Environment Federation
  • American Water Work Association
  • Engineers Without Borders
...More details about our student organizations

  • Consulting design firms (environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resources engineering)
  • General and specialty construction companies
  • Industries that explore for natural resources that produce energy
  • Municipal, county, state and federal government agencies

  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Olsson Associates
  • Peter Kiewit & Sons
  • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
  • Lamp, Rynearson & Associates
  • Union Pacific Railroad

Civil Engineering students construct rainwater harvesting system

Students constuct rainwater harvesting system       

“This project was a great opportunity for the students to see firsthand how their civil engineering knowledge can benefit our community.” - Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, co-instructor

During the spring 2014 semester, students in a new Sustainable Engineering Infrastructure course designed and built a rainwater harvesting system at City Sprouts, a community garden located in the Orchard Hill neighborhood in Omaha.  This course, co-taught by Shannon Bartelt-Hunt and Elizabeth Jones, included topics such as environmental sustainability, community development and appropriate technology.

Eighteen undergraduate and graduate civil engineering students developed the rainwater harvesting system from an initial site visit and client meeting through to final construction.  

The student’s work included sizing of the collection tank, design of a tank foundation and first flush system, installation of gutters on a neighboring home for collecting rainwater, and design of a rain garden to collect the tank overflow.  Throughout the process, they worked with Roxanne Williams, director of City Sprouts, to ensure that the design would meet the needs of the organization.

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