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Civil Engineering

Major in Civil Engineering

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’ll devise and design the building of roads, bridges, airports, tunnels, dams, water and sewage systems, and/or many other structures. Civil engineering features such specialties as structural, water resources, environmental, architectural, transportation and geo-technical engineering.

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

The Civil Engineering program is offered on the Lincoln City Campus and in Omaha at The Peter Kiewit Institute.


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

Learning Objectives Student Organizations
Student Outcomes Sample Courses: Lincoln Program
Advising Resources Sample Courses: Omaha Program
Academic and Career Resources

Career Opportunities in Civil Engineering

  • 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


  • APPLY ONLINE - OMAHA: Students in our Omaha programs fill out the University of Nebraska at Omaha application, as we partner with UNO for student services and courses outside the major)
EWB 2012 student chapter

FEATURE: Engineers Without Borders (EWB) - Nebraska Student Chapter

EWB-NU travels to Madagascar to continue its work with the people of Kianjavato. Sustainable electricity and water will help the community value its environment, which includes a field station of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.

Our student chapter works in partnership with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, an offshoot of the Henry Doorly Zoo's conservation work there.

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