Students interested in pool design may consider civil engineering programs available through the engineering departments at colleges and schools across the nation. Civil engineers design and supervise construction projects, as well as handle factors like cost-estimating and a structure's relation to the surrounding environment.
Top Civil Engineering Schools
These are some of the top schools that offer undergraduate programs in civil engineering, according to 2016 rankings info from U.S. News & World Report. Graduate programs are commonly available at these schools as well.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition 2015-2016*|
|University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$15,054 in-state, $30,214 out-of-state|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$12,204 in-state, $32,396 out-of-state|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$46,320|
|Purdue University - West Lafayette||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,002 in-state, $28,804 out-of-state|
|University of Texas - Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,806 in-state, $34,676 out-of-state|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$46,704|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's,Master's, Doctoral||$13,856 in-state, $43,476 out-of-state|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$49,116|
|Virginia Tech||Blacksburg, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$12,485 in-state, $29,129 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when choosing a pool design school:
- Students should look for programs accredited by ABET.
- Look for programs that offer a structural or construction concentration at the graduate and undergraduate level, which can include relevant subjects, such as construction, structural design and water resources.
- The best schools have research facilities relevant to pool design that may include structure and materials laboratories and testing centers.
Associate Degree Programs in Civil Engineering Technology
These programs prepare students to assist civil engineers as design technicians, construction surveyors or engineering technicians. Credits may be used toward the completion of a bachelor's program.
Bachelor's Degree Programs in Civil Engineering
Bachelor's programs include sequences in physics and advanced mathematics. Some schools have first-year programs for all engineering students in which they complete the non-engineering portion of the curriculum. Students pursue concentrations in the final two years.
Master's Programs in Civil Engineering
Some engineering graduate schools work with business and architecture schools to offer joint master's programs in architecture, engineering management or construction management. The graduate curriculum includes advanced coursework and some programs offer a non-thesis option.
Civil engineering undergraduate and graduate programs teach students skills related to project design and construction management. Students should look for accredited programs that have relevant labs and offer a concentration in structural engineering or construction.