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Civil engineers design and build some of the world’s biggest, most vital structures, from interstate highways and bridges, to dams and airports, to water-treatment plants and power stations. They typically work for engineering, construction, or architectural firms, environmental agencies, rail and ground transportation groups, and power plants. Our alumni are in great demand for the rapidly growing fields, and we believe in preparing our students through active and experiential learning in our laboratories and in our design and service teams such as the Steel Bridge Design Team, Concrete Canoe Design Team, Engineers Without Borders, and Solar House Design Team.
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Our bachelor of science degree in civil engineering requires 128 credit hours. As an incoming student, you'll work toward completing common first-year courses while acquiring information to help you determine a major and career. During the first two or three semesters on campus, you will take a set of courses that are required by all engineering departments. After successfully completing the common first-year academic requirements, you'll formally apply for admission to the civil, architectural and environmental engineering department. Admission is nearly automatic if you've completed these requirements.
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As an engineering freshman, you'll work toward completing common freshman year courses while acquiring information to help you determine a major and career. During the first two or three semesters on campus, you will take a set of courses that are required by all engineering departments. After successfully completing the freshman engineering requirements, you'll formally apply for admission to the CArEE department.
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As part of our goal to advance the professional preparedness of our students, the civil, architectural and environmental engineering department has developed an Experiential Learning Program in coordination with our students’ professional internships. In our Vision 2020 Strategic Plan, enhancing experiential learning opportunities was listed as one of our top priorities. In this program, students on professional or academic internships or fellow programs are required to meet a set of learning objectives to gain the most from their internship.
You can obtain a bachelor of science degree in both civil and architectural engineering.
The number of additional credit hours needed for concurrent degree majors is as little as 19 additional credit hours. Once successfully completed a student will receive two degrees — a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a bachelor of science in architectural engineering.
The benefit of pursuing this path provides students more opportunities in their career pursuits with some overlap. The overlap is mostly in the structures, construction and geotechnical field. Disciplines that are more specific to the civil engineering degree include infrastructure (dams, bridges, water treatment, transportation systems). For architectural engineering degree majors the disciplines include building related systems (mechanical, electrical, lighting and acoustics).
As an incoming student, you'll work toward completing common first-year courses while acquiring information to help you determine a major and career. During the first two or three semesters on campus, you will take a set of courses that are required by all engineering departments. After successfully completing the common first-year academic requirements, you'll formally apply for admission to the environmental engineering program within the department of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering. Admission is nearly automatic if you've completed these requirements.
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Want to earn Missouri’s most valuable engineering degree but can’t come to Rolla? S&T offers a civil engineering degree at Missouri State University. Our faculty, our degree, on the Springfield campus. Two great schools with one amazing opportunity for your tomorrow.
“I chose the civil engineering field because of the direct impact I can have on my community and the wide variety of employment options. As a civil engineer, I’ll have the ability to design complex structures, optimize transportation routes, create water/wastewater systems, oversee construction operations, and much more—and Missouri S&T has prepared me for so many possibilities.”
— Brendan Schmidt
"I dual majored in civil and architectural engineering to Change the World. I was drawn by the challenging S&T architectural and civil programs that have given me great opportunities in issues like climate change, overpopulation, adequate housing and so much more. I’m excited to see what’s possible with my degree programs.”
— Brenan Pool
Civil engineers take a broad spectrum of courses and engage in all parts of building our society. Learning and coursework ranges from fundamental construction materials to entire transportation networks to planning and building entire cities to protecting the public health from environmental disease. At its core, civil engineering is about building a better, more sustainable society.
Civil engineering is a broad field, and you can specialize within a given area most related to your interest and abilities. In almost any area, you will be interacting with specialists such as architects and engineers in other disciplines to conceptualize, plan, design and build our global infrastructure.
Civil engineers who chose a path in leadership must also be effective public communicators. You may be expected to work with property owners, concerned citizens, city officials, government agencies and even doctors for concerns related to public health measures.
Here is a sample of the industries that hire civil engineers:
The average salary for S&T students in the last year was $63,892.
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