Civil Engineering, BCE

Civil Engineering majors are trained to eventually become licensed, practicing civil engineers. Civil Engineers design, build, manage, and plan civil infrastructure including structures, roads, traffic controls, water and wastewater systems and construction operations. Marquette Civil Engineering majors typically go on to work for consulting engineering firms, municipalities and other government organizations, regulatory agencies and industries. Civil Engineering majors also may go on to graduate school or to work for research and educational institutions.

Program Educational Objectives - Civil Engineering Degree

To carry out the mission of the college of engineering and the mission of the department described previously, the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering has established the following educational objectives for its undergraduate civil engineering degree program.  Students graduating with the Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering will:

  • Continue to participate in the civil engineering profession or in other related and/or emerging fields
  • Engage in life-long learning through achievement of graduate degrees, advanced research and/or other continuous professional development opportunities including attending professional conferences and seminars
  • Achieve professional licensure and certification after attaining the required years of professional experiences
  • Become leaders in their professional societies and civic communities

Civil engineering is the art and science used in the construction of facilities which people need in their environment — land, water and air. Airports, buildings, bridges, dams, harbors, highways, irrigation systems, transportation systems, sewerage and water supply systems are examples of the types of facilities which are the responsibility of the civil engineer.

Since the beginning of civilization, people have been building with the use of engineering principles. Modern society depends on this contribution from the civil engineer, whose education is systematically developed from a strong background in mathematics and the physical and engineering sciences. The civil engineer must relate to society and fellow men and women and be aware of how the engineering principles can be applied for the benefit of others.

Civil engineers are also stewards of the land, its resources and environment. Many civil engineers are involved in activities such as watershed and environmental planning, sustainable resource development and environmental protection.

The civil engineering degree program develops the analysis and design capabilities of the student in the study of structures and systems. The application of computers and pertinent software is used throughout the major. A broad educational program can be selected or some specialization is possible through advised elective course selection.  The environmental engineering major within the civil engineering degree provides the student with a fundamental background in civil engineering and specialization in the field of environmental engineering.

The construction engineering degree provides the student with general engineering skills and the management and finance background for entry into the field of construction engineering.

The curriculum provides the graduate with the necessary education to begin a professional career without further formal education, while also affording those students who enter graduate studies the preparation to further their education in a field of specialization.