What is civil engineering?

Civil engineering is a profession that offers plenty of visual payoff. Take a look around, and you will see the work of civil engineers everywhere-from buildings and bridges to roads and reservoirs. Civil engineers are involved with the design and maintenance of public works such as roads, bridges, water and energy systems as well as public facilities like ports, railways and airports. It is the oldest engineering discipline and encompasses many specialties. The major ones are structural, water resources, construction, transportation, and geotechnical engineering. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others may work in design, construction, research, and teaching. Civil engineering requires plenty of analysis, especially in the planning stage-studying survey reports and maps, breaking down construction costs, and considering government regulations and potential environmental hazards. Civil engineers may also test soils and building materials, provide cost estimates for equipment and labor, and use software to plan and design systems and structures.

Why should I consider majoring in civil engineering?

Students of civil engineering learn how to design and create the structures, water resources and transportation facilities that bring convenience and improvement to people's lives. They study the physics that make structures economical, safe and esthetic. They learn about the mechanics and biology of water so that the water needs of people may be met. And they discover the principles that allow them to develop the transportation systems for our society.

What interests and values are related to civil engineering?

Students of civil engineering are usually creative, reliable and versatile. They work well in a team, and they have a good understanding of English and mathematics. Many civil engineering students have an entrepreneurial desire and create their own consulting businesses.

What career fields are related to civil engineering?

  • Coastal engineering
  • Construction engineering
  • Construction engineering technology
  • Control engineering
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Forensic engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Hydraulic engineering
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Municipal or urban engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Surveying
  • Transportation engineering
  • Urban planning
  • Water resources engineering

How can I learn more about Civil Engineering?

Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Contact Source:

College of Physical Science & Engineering Academic Discovery Center

Location: Austin 106C

Phone: 208-496-9880

Email: CPSEacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu