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College of Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

 

Endless Career Opportunities


Students working on their Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree 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 ocean and coastal engineering. The department also offers minors in civil engineering, environmental engineering, sustainable infrastructure, and environmental sustainability. 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. We want our graduates to have the skills necessary to pursue advance degrees.  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

  • Structural
  • Geotechnical
  • Environmental
  • Water resources
  • Transportation
  • Railroad
  • Ocean and coastal engineering

Career options

  • Structural engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Transportation engineer
  • Transportation/traffic planner
  • Highway/roadway engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Water resources engineer
  • Construction management
  • Construction superintendent
  • Country engineer
  • City engineer
  • Director of public works
  • Civil engineer – land development
  • Project engineer
  • Project management
  • Airport engineer
  • Railway engineer

Graduate Programs

  • Civil engineering
  • Coastal engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Engineering management
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Public policy/administration
  • MBA
  • Law
  • Medicine

What’s special about this program?

 

Well-qualified Civil and Environmental Engineering majors may apply to the 4+1 program to earn a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (BCE) or Environmental Engineering (BENE) and a Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) degree within 5 years. The program is limited to University of Delaware undergraduates pursuing the BCE or BENE degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.25 at the time of application.


An optional co-op program provides students the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the profession while completing their degree. With careful planning and proper selection of courses, students can work up to 26 weeks full time, and still graduate in four years.

Get involved

Alpha Omega Epsilon

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Highway Engineers

Chi Epsilon

Deep Roots Outreach Program

Engineers Without Borders

Environmental Engineering Student Association

Institute of Transportation Engineers

National Society of Black Engineers

Sigma Phi Delta

Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processing

Engineering Society of Asian Scientists

Engineers Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

Tau Beta Pi

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Sample curriculum

CHEM103

 

General Chemistry I
CIEG161

Freshman Design

 

CISC106

General Computer Science for Engineers

 

EGGG101

 

Introduction to Engineering (FYE)
ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH241

Analytic Geometry & Calculus A

 

MATH242 

 

Analytic Geometry & Calculus B

 

 

Breadth Requirement Electives

 

 

Natural Science Elective

 

CIEG211

Statics

 

CIEG212

Solid Mechanics

 

CIEG213

Civil Engineering Materials Lab

 

CIEG311

Dynamics

 

COMM212

Oral Communication in Business

 

MATH243

Analytic Geometry & Calculus C

 

MATH351

Engineering Mathematics I

 

MSEG352

Materials Science for Engineers

 

PHYS207

Fundamentals of Physics I

 

  Breadth Requirement Electives
CIEG301

Structural Analysis

 

CIEG302

Structural Design

 

CIEG305

Fluid Mechanics

 

CIEG306

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

 

CIEG315

Probability and Statistics for Engineers

 

CIEG320

Soil Mechanics

 

CIEG321

Geotechnical Engineering

 

CIEG323

Soil Mechanics Laboratory

 

CIEG331

Environmental Engineering

 

CIEG351

Transportation Engineering

 

CIEG451

Transportation Engineering Lab

 

MATH353 Engineering Mathematics III
CIEG440

Water Resources Engineering

 

CIEG461

Senior Design Project (DLE)

 

CIEG486

Engineering Project Management

 

ENGL410

Technical Writing

 

 

Technical Electives

 

  Breadth Requirement Elective