Civil Engineering

Why Choose This Major?

Civil Engineering students at UD have some flexibility in designing a curriculum to meet their needs and interests. After laying a strong foundation in math, science, and engineering through required courses, students may begin taking technical electives in one of the main focus areas–structural, geotechnical, environmental, water resources, transportation, railroad, or coastal/ocean engineering. Minors in civil engineering, environmental engineering, sustainable infrastructure, and environmental sustainability are also offered.

Active research ensures that the content of the undergraduate program is constantly renewed and maintained at a challenging technical level and integrates discovery learning into the program. Opportunities abound for civil engineering undergraduates to work with faculty and graduate students as research assistants, either for pay or independent study credit. Research in the department covers a broad range of topics with particular strengths in bridge design, construction, evaluation, and rehabilitation; applications of composite materials to concrete, steel, and earth structures; computer modeling of wave/shoreline interactions; intelligent transportation systems; management and operation of civil infrastructure systems; remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater; and biodegradation of wastes.

Areas of Study

Career Options

Coastal/Ocean Engineering

Civil Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Railroad Engineering

Structural Engineering

Transportation

Water Resources

Airport/ Railway Engineer

County/City Engineer

Director of Public Works

Engineering Management

Engineering Mechanics

Geotechnical Engineer

Project Engineer

Public Policy & Administration

Transportation Engineer

Areas of Study

Coastal/Ocean Engineering

Civil Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Railroad Engineering

Structural Engineering

Transportation

Water Resources

Career Options

Airport/ Railway Engineer

County/City Engineer

Director of Public Works

Engineering Management

Engineering Mechanics

Geotechnical Engineer

Project Engineer

Public Policy & Administration

Transportation Engineer

Experiential Learning

Students have the option to participate in a 26-week co-op program, which provides valuable experience working in the profession. All degree requirements, including the co-op program, are designed to be completed within four years.

Well-qualified Civil Engineering majors may apply to the 4+1 program to earn a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Civil EngineeringMasters of Business Administration, or Masters of Materials Science and Engineering degree within 5 years. The program is limited to University of Delaware undergraduates in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.25 at the time of application.

Students can look into study abroad options for during the semester or a winter/summer session.

Curriculum

Civil Engineering involves the design, planning, construction, maintenance, repair and reuse of constructed facilities. This includes dams, bridges, roads, waterways, railroads and tunnels. Mass transit systems, water resource exploration and management, environmental protection, coastal management and off-shore structures are also part of civil engineering. The Civil Engineering curriculum includes specialization options in structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering and water resources, coastal engineering, railroad engineering, transportation and infrastructure systems as shown by the technical electives. Technical electives are chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser to pursue individual interests. Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisers regularly to discuss their progress and work out any curriculum problems or concerns.

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Flowchart for this curriculum

Breadth Requirements
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering requires three University Breadth Requirements, one in each of the following areas: Creative Arts and Humanities, History and Cultural Change, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. These three courses must come from three separate academic departments.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering requires three College of Engineering Breadth Requirements as well. These can come from the College Breadth Requirement List found in the Undergraduate Catalog, or from any course approved as a University Breadth Requirement, outside of Math, Natural Sciences, and Technology.

Six credit hours of breadth requirements must be taken at the upper-level. This is typically a course numbered 300 or higher, however level III of a foreign language (i.e. SPAN207) and higher will count.

A grade of C- or higher is required in all six breadth courses.

At least one breadth course of the six must meet the Multicultural Requirement; acourse stressing multicultural, ethnic, and/or gender related content. The purpose of the multicultural requirement is to provide students with some awareness of and sensitivity to cultural pluralism-an increasing necessity for educated persons in a diverse world. Only course sections that are designated as multicultural in the academic catalog for a specific semester can be used to fulfill this requirement.

Please visit the course catalog for more information.

Academics Undergraduate Programs Civil Engineering