Civil Engineering - Drill

BYU - Idaho offers a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. The faculty is dedicated to helping students prepare for rewarding professional careers. Learn more about the faculty, the types of courses civil engineering students take, and opportunities after graduation below.

Civil Engineering Faculty

The primary, full-time civil engineering faculty at BYU-Idaho are licensed professional engineers with notable professional work experience in civil engineering fields. They are dedicated to advising students and helping them prepare for rewarding careers in the civil engineering profession. More information about them can be found in student resources.

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Civil Engineering Coursework

During their freshman and sophomore years, BYU-Idaho civil engineering students take courses in math and science which provide a strong technical foundation for the civil engineering-specific courses that they will take as juniors and seniors. Foundation courses provide a well-rounded education and prepare students for the rigors of an engineering education. The core civil engineering courses and elective emphasis areas are listed below.

See the current academic catalog for additional information including elective course options.

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Core Civil Engineering Courses

In addition to foundational physics, chemistry and math courses, civil engineering students take courses in engineering mechanics (statics, dynamics and strength of materials), computer aided design (CAD), computational methods, material science and land surveying. Junior- and senior-level civil engineering coursework includes:

  • CE 321 – Structural Analysis
  • CE 341 – Soil Mechanics
  • CE 351 – Environmental Engineering
  • CE 360 – Fluid Mechanics
  • CE 361 – Transportation Engineering
  • CE 424 – Reinforced Concrete Design
  • CE 433 – Hydraulic Engineering
  • CE 470 – Civil Engineering Practice and Design (capstone course)

Emphasis Areas

In addition to the core courses discussed above, civil engineering students take at least 12 credits of elective courses in one of the following emphasis areas:

  • Environmental/Water Resources
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural
  • Transportation
  • General Civil Engineering

See the current academic catalog for a comprehensive listing of elective courses available.

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Engineering Versus Technology Degrees

If you are not sure that a degree in engineering is right for you, consider one of the technology degrees available at BYU-Idaho. The following video explains the difference between engineering and technology degrees.

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See the current course catalog to learn more about the technology degrees available in the automotive, manufacturing, and welding fields.

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Job Outlook and Salary Statistics

What is the job market like for civil engineers? What is the average salary for civil engineers? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles data on the civil engineering profession including education requirements, average salary, job growth outlook and other information.

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Students that have graduated with a B.S. degree in civil engineering from BYU-Idaho have gone to work at companies across the United States and internationally. Many students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at universities across the U.S. including Brigham Young University (Utah), California State Polytechnical University San Luis Obispo, Purdue University (Indiana), Stanford University (California), and Texas A&M.

ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

1. Demonstrate and maintain faith in God and exhibit high standards of personal integrity and professional ethics through lifelong service to family, church, profession, and community. [Service
2. Provide leadership in their chosen field of endeavor through the application of effective interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills. [Leadership]
3. Apply fundamental principles of design and analysis to develop innovative solutions in an industrial and societal context. [Design]
4. Maintain currency in their field through continued learning and education. [Lifelong Learning]
1. Apply knowledge of fundamental math, science, and engineering principles. [Fundamentals]
2. Design and conduct experiments and analyze the resulting data. [Experiments]
3. Design components, systems, or processes necessary to meet product specifications and design constraints. [Engineering Design]
4. Function well within a multidisciplinary team. [Team Work]
5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. [Model and Solve]
6. Maintain high ethical, moral, and professional standards. [Ethics]
7. Communicate effectively in both oral and written format. [Communication]
8. Understand the impact engineering has on the world.[Global Impact]
9. Recognize the need for, and engage in life-long learning. [Continued Learning]
10. Understand contemporary issues. [Contemporary Issues]
11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. [Engineering Tools]
12. Apply knowledge in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resources engineering. [Technical Breadth]
13. Explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, leadership, and the importance of professional licensure. [Professional Breadth]