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Civil 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.

The Engineering Experience: Jacqueline Girard

portrait of Jacqueline Girard

What is your favorite part about Engineering?

I love working in groups to solve complex problems; it's satisfying when the solution is finally reached.

What is the best thing about Purdue?

All the opportunities that are offered here! There are so many clubs to join, sporting events to watch, and classes to take.

Tell us about a fun memory about your time at Purdue!

My first football game is definitely memorable! Standing with thousands of other students makes you feel as though you're apart of something much bigger than yourself, plus it's fun when you start to know the cheers.

What sorts of things are you involved in on campus?

Women in Engineering/ Women in Engineering Recruitment Committee, member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Volunteer for the American Red Cross.

What is the best advice you received before coming to Purdue?

Everything is what you make of it- Purdue Engineering isn't easy, but it will provide you with ample opportunities. Get involved, meet new people- college is supposed to be fun too!

What is something you wish you had known when going through the college search process?

Most people are just as uncertain about the big choices as you are. It's normal to not have everything figured out.

What is some advice you would give to incoming engineering students at Purdue?

Join one club related to your major, one club to meet new people, and find (at least) one way to relieve stress. College is all about balance.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I am an avid coffee drinker- if you need any Starbucks suggestions I can help you out!

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Civil Engineering Webpage

Transfer to Civil Engineering

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Additional Requirements: See the Engineering Transfer Criteria page for more detailed course requirements.

Contact Information

Lyles School of Civil Engineering Undergraduate Office
(765) 494-2166

College of Engineering

Careers in Civil Engineering

  • Architectural Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geomatics Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Hydraulic & Hydrologic Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transportation and Infrastructure System 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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