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Civil Engineering Colleges, Universities and Schools in the U.S.

Oct 23, 2019

Various civil engineering colleges and universities throughout the U.S. offer associate, baccalaureate, and graduate programs with options for specialization. A civil engineering school typically features concentrations in construction management, hydraulics, structural engineering, and environmental engineering.

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Public Schools that Offer Civil Engineering Programs

Students can pursue baccalaureate and graduate degrees in civil engineering at public institutions. State residents benefit from the discounted in-state tuition and fees.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology's undergraduate program in civil engineering requires 128 semester hours and offers optional concentrations in construction engineering, environmental and water systems, geotechnical systems, structural systems, and transportation systems. The school's civil engineering graduate studies include a 30-hour master's program and a doctoral program that usually takes four years to complete, including the master's coursework.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The civil engineering baccalaureate program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign requires 128 hours of coursework and features specializations in areas such as construction materials and engineering, interdisciplinary studies on sustainability, risk management, environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical and structural engineering, and transportation engineering. The master's program entails 32-36 hours of graduate work while the doctoral program requires a minimum of 96 credit hours, including the master's degree coursework. Students can also earn a master's degree online, with full access to recorded on-campus civil engineering classes.

University of Idaho

The University of Idaho's civil engineering programs include a 123-credit baccalaureate degree, a 30-credit master's degree, and a Ph.D. degree. Graduate students can focus on specific areas of study such as environmental and geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and hydrology and hydraulics. The university has partnered with various community colleges in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to offer transfer pathways for students with an associate's degree in civil engineering or other two-year engineering degrees.

School Name Location Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA Bachelor's
Master's
Ph.D.
$12,424 in-state, $33,020 out-of-state
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL Bachelor's
Master's
Ph.D.
$15,094 in-state, $31,664 out-of-state
University of Idaho Moscow, ID Bachelor's
Master's
Ph.D.
$7,864 in-state, $25,500 out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Private Universities that Offer Civil Engineering Programs

Private civil engineering colleges and universities offer undergraduate and graduate programs with a variety of concentration areas. Some schools also provide options for double majors in other disciplines.

Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University's undergraduate program in civil engineering provides concentrations in construction management as well as geotechnical, structural, and environmental engineering. Students can also choose a minor in architecture, economics, education, and other engineering disciplines in the school. The graduate programs offer a 30-credit master's degree and also several doctoral degree options; concentration areas include construction engineering, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, forensic and structural engineering, and geotechnical engineering.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University offers a bachelor's program in civil engineering with optional specializations in structural engineering, environmental engineering, computing, and construction management. Students may also pursue double majors and minors in other academic fields. The master's and Ph.D. programs feature concentrations in infrastructure systems, environmental engineering, and mechanics, materials and computing. Students can earn a master's degree in three full-time semesters and a Ph.D. in 3-4 years.

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame's undergraduate program in civil engineering requires 130 credit hours with coursework that focuses on materials, solid mechanics, hydraulics, reinforced concrete design, and geotechnical and transportation engineering. The university also offers a 30-credit master's program, which can be completed in three semesters, and a 72-credit Ph.D. program that students can finish in eight semesters.

School Name Location Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*
Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY Bachelor's
Master's
Ph.D.
Eng.Sc.D.
$59,430
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Bachelor's
Master's
Ph.D.
$55,465
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN Bachelor's
Master's
Ph.D.
$53,391

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Civil Engineering Colleges that Offer Associate's Degrees

An associate's degree program in civil engineering prepares students to pursue a baccalaureate degree or work in the industry as an engineering aide, technician, or drafter. Community colleges usually have articulation agreements with four-year institutions in their region for a more seamless transfer of course credits.

Cecil College

Cecil College offers a 65-credit associate program in civil engineering with a curriculum that includes courses in engineering design, statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, and thermodynamics. The college has transfer agreements with civil engineering universities in Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania as well as several online institutions.

Cuyamaca College

The associate program in civil engineering at Cuyamaca College requires 12 credits of general education courses and 58 credits of core courses that include engineering mechanics, materials, design, computer applications, and plane surveying. Most courses offered by the college are acceptable for transfer at the University of California, all California State University campuses, and other civil engineering schools in the country.

Lone Star College

Lone Star College's associate program in civil engineering requires 60 credits, with coursework that covers topics such as engineering graphics, composition and rhetoric, electrical circuits, and programming. Students can transfer their associate credits to any public civil engineering school in Texas.

School Name Location Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*
Cecil College North East, MD Associate's $4,500 in-district, $7,710 in-state, $9,210 out-of-state
Cuyamaca College El Cajon, CA Associate's $1,386 in-state, $7,196 out-of-state
Lone Star College The Woodlands, TX Associate's $1,600 in-district, $3,880 in-state, $5,200 out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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