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Civil Engineering

Civil engineers plan, design, build, maintain, and address the environmental impacts of constructed facilities and public works essential to American civilization. A typical engineering project is large, one of a kind, and important in the daily lives of many people. It is one of the few areas of engineering in which the engineer deals directly with the public in every phase of a project. Civil engineering at The Ohio State University offers prospective students an exciting academic program enhanced by experiences in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Our department offers a challenging intellectual experience designed to provide our students with resources and background necessary to pursue activities in various interdisciplinary areas of civil engineering. Our faculty are internationally recognized as leaders in each of the professions of civil engineering and environmental engineering.

In the 21st Century, the demand for civil engineers will increase significantly caused by the nation's mobilization and productive effort to rebuild the nation's infrastructure - our highways, bridges, tunnels, dams, harbors, airports, waterways, railways, power plants, air quality, drainage systems, waste disposal, and sewage plants.

Once admitted to the major, students have the opportunity to take courses pertaining to the areas of Construction Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geodetic Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Transportation Engineering. In addition, we do offer students an opportunity to participate in an Honors program which would incorporate the completion of undergraduate research.


As environmental concerns mount, the technological revolution expands, and we pioneer into space, the demand for civil, environmental and geodetic engineers will rise. They will design, build, and maintain the facilities essential to our civilization. This demand will be augmented by the effort to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, including highways, bridges, water and wastewater treatment plants, and other public buildings.

Employment in various government agencies, the aerospace industry, consulting, engineering marketing or sales, and private industry provides career opportunities, which are many and varied depending upon the type of engineering pursued. Salaries are competitive with all other engineering areas. Job growth in civil, environmental and geodetic engineering is expected to be strong over the next decade, especially with the current national interest in infrastructure and the environment.

Degree Offered

If you choose to complete the Civil Engineering program, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering


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