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:
- Architectural Engineering
- Construction Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Geomatics Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Hydraulic & Hydrologic Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Transportation Engineering
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.
Transfer GPA and Course Requirements
Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Additional Requirements: See the Engineering Transfer Criteria page for more detailed course requirements.
Lyle School of Civil Engineering Undergraduate Office