Hours Required126 credit hours
Areas of FocusEnvironmental engineering, Geotechnical and materials engineering, Structural engineering, Transportation engineering, Water resources engineering
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Comprehensive Education in Lincoln and Omaha
The civil engineering program offers a complete undergraduate curriculum with a broad range of specialized courses in Lincoln and Omaha, preparing students for immediate entry into the profession or further graduate studies. Students are introduced to design concepts early in freshman year and continue to engage in design throughout the program, culminating in senior-level courses focused on civil engineering design.
Emphasis on Societal Needs
As a professional discipline, civil engineering is closely related to the total human environment. At Nebraska, you’ll choose from one of these emphasis areas: environmental engineering, geotechnical and materials engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering or water resources engineering. A high demand for civil engineers means students have many diverse career choices following graduation.
Students in civil engineering gain practical experience through instructional laboratories. These labs offer opportunities for you to operate testing equipment to establish engineering design criteria and to monitor and model engineering facilities like water and wastewater treatment plants, river control systems and structural systems.
Principles of Environmental Engineering (CIVE 321)
Explore environmental engineering principles, including water and atmospheric quality, pollution prevention and waste engineering. Design water, air and waste management systems for sustainable solutions.
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (CIVE 331)
Soil properties, effective stress principles, deformation and failure. Apply analysis techniques to design for bearing capacity, settlement, retaining walls and slope stability. Analyze steady-state seepage.
Structural Analysis Fundamentals (CIVE 341)
Get introduced to the analysis of structural systems. Analyze determinate and indeterminate trusses, beams and frames.
Introduction to Water Resources Engineering (CIVE 351)
Water resources engineering design and planning, surface hydrology, groundwater hydraulics, reservoirs, control structures, field measurement and computational methods for resource analysis.
Highway Engineering (CIVE 361)
Principles of highway engineering, a field that involves the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of roads, bridges and tunnels for safe and efficient transportation.
Materials of Construction (CIVE 371)
Soil, concrete, steel, wood and composite behavior involving stress, strain, axial, torsional, shear and flexural loading, ASTM test procedures, field quality control and statistical applications.
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Outside the Classroom
At Nebraska, you’ll have many opportunities to discover both your academic community and stretch your strengths.
Christine Wittich, Assistant Professor
After disasters, Dr. Wittich gets to work determining how to build better structures to save lives. She was inspired to be a structural engineer after the 9/11 attacks, noting that “safety is the main goal of everything we do.” She treats her students as professional adults and soon-to-be colleagues and gives them the necessary tools to guide their learning. She also advises students on internships, graduate school and career paths.
Academics & Experiential Learning
- Tackle big challenges in your classes and work with faculty on research dedicated to solving global problems and saving lives.
- Engineering is a global profession. Increase your knowledge and marketability by participating in a study abroad opportunity.
- You’ll gain career-level experiences right from the start of your academic adventure to prepare you to enter the career or graduate school of your choice.
- Participate in paid internships for valuable on-the-job experiences and to develop lifelong career connections.
- With more than 50 clubs and organizations in the College of Engineering, you’ll build connections with other students and faculty through fun and hands-on experiences.
- The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers additional diverse opportunities for involvement and ways to connect with other students.
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