Civil - Why Civil

Why Civil Engineering?

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Civil engineers provide infrastructure that improves economy and lifestyle. They design buildings that don't collapse, water supply systems that won't make you sick, transportation systems that minimize hazards, and help keep harmful pollutants out of the air you breath and food you eat.

Civil engineers work with consulting firms, government agencies, and in private industry. They work on multidisciplinary teams to solve problems and design systems, and are one of the best engineering jobs available.

Need more convincing? Check out the Center for Online Education's interview with Michael Schneider. He' one of our alumni with over 30 years of civil engineering experience.

What Emphasis Area is Right for You?

Environmental Engineers design systems to improve our environment. They work on air pollution control, hazardous waste treatment, water supply issues, wastewater management, stormwater management, and solid waste disposal.

You might be interested in Environmental Engineering if:

  • You like chemistry
  • You follow public health issues
  • You're concerned about pollution

Geotechnical and Materials Engineers work with soil that supports our infrastructure and the materials used to build it. They work with concrete, pavements, dams, foundation engineering, soil properties and perform site studies.

You might be interested in Geotechnical and Materials Engineering if:

  • You like geology
  • You like the outdoors
  • You like laboratories
  • You are interested in elements that build civil infrastructure

Structural Engineering

Structural Engineers design concrete, steel, timber and masonry structures. They work with buildings, towers, columns, dams and bridges.

You might be interested in Structural Engineering if:

  • You like physics
  • You like mathematics
  • You like computers
  • You can think in 3-D

Transportation Engineering

Transportation Engineers design roadways and other transportation systems. They work with airports, port facilities, traffic control, pavement markings and intelligent transportation systems.

You might be interested in Transportation Engineering if:

  • You like working with people
  • You like mathematics & computer simulations
  • You can think in 3-D
  • You're concerned about traffic congestion

Water Resources Engineering

Water Resources Engineers design systems to best use our planet's water. They work with storm sewers, water resource planning, dams, irrigation systems, water distribution systems, and groundwater modeling.

You might be interested in Water Resources Engineering if:

  • You like working with simulation models
  • You like mathematics
  • You like the outdoors
  • You'd like to harness the power of water