Civil Engineering

College of Engineering

Civil engineers design, construct, and maintain society’s infrastructure: bridges, dams and levees, harbors, waterways and irrigation facilities; water supply systems; contaminant flows, waste treatment facilities, and air and geoenvironmental remediation; airports, highways, railroads, and intelligent transportation systems; pipelines; and power lines. Purdue’s curriculum accommodates civil engineering’s breadth by requiring a fundamental set of courses and offering you the flexibility to concentrate portions of your study in areas of special interest to you. The program prepares you to enter into the professional practice of civil engineering and provides you a solid base for graduate study and research in your area of professional interest.

Students can choose to study general Civil Engineering or concentrate in one of the following nine areas:

Note: The First-Year Engineering Program is the entry point for all beginning engineering students. They must complete the First-Year Engineering requirements before entering the engineering school of their choice. The mission of this student-oriented service program is to advise, teach and retain outstanding students for Purdue's College of Engineering. This core curriculum includes courses in math, chemistry, physics, computer programming, and communication skills, as well as introductory engineering coursework taught in the new Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory. The First-Year Engineering Program provides students with a firm foundation and initial understanding of engineering and career options to assist them in identifying which of Purdue's engineering disciplines is the right fit. Our professional academic advisors, faculty and student advisors are dedicated to assisting beginning engineers with the first-year experience.

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Related Career Interests


Engineering and Technology

Environment and Ecology

Science and Research

Careers in Civil Engineering
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geomatics Engineer
  • Hydraulic & Hydrologic Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer

With a Civil Engineering degree, you can go to law or medical school or work in design, construction, testing, sales, etc. across a range of areas and industries. Civil graduates are sought by all major industries and hold many important and challenging positions in:

  • Aerospace
  • Bridges
  • Business/Management
  • Chemicals
  • City/Town
  • Commissioning
  • Computers
  • Consulting
  • Contracting
  • Controls
  • Design
  • Energy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Foundation Design
  • Government
  • Highway Design
  • Land Development
  • Land Surveying
  • Mechanical Design
  • Mining
  • Petroleum/Oil
  • Product Design
  • Project Management
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Roadways
  • Sanitation
  • Teaching
  • Transportation
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineer
  • Water
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