Engineering students work on a simulated steel bridge

Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Request Information


Civil Engineering Degree Program Overview

Everywhere you go, look around and you’ll see the work of civil engineers. We design, build, and maintain the foundations and infrastructure for our world — from interstate highways, suspension bridges, high-rise buildings and energy systems to seaports, airports and community centers.

Purdue University Northwest’s Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree program is designed to prepare students for a career in a constantly changing field and provides a basis for lifelong learning.

Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

As a Civil Engineering major, you’ll enjoy meaningful interactions with faculty in small classes as part of an ABET-accredited program. You have the option to earn both a baccalaureate and a master’s engineering degree within five years.

Civil Engineering Major Curriculum

As a Civil Engineering major, you’ll take a balance of general education courses, College of Engineering and Sciences core courses and civil engineering courses.

In addition to a 75-credit major core that includes advanced mathematics as well as courses in materials, mechanics, dynamics and a number of engineering disciplines, you’ll complete 12 credits of civil engineering electives, plus your choice of an additional humanities or social science class.

Your journey begins with courses in calculus and physics, as well as a first-year seminar for Civil Engineering majors.

Civil Engineering Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • MA 16300 – Integrated Calculus Analysis Geometry I
  • MA 16400 – Integrated Calculus Analysis Geometry II
  • PHYS 15200 – Mechanics

In your second year, you’ll expand your knowledge with courses in drawing for engineers, software tools and multivariate calculus.

Civil Engineering Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ENGR 15100 – Software Tools for Engineers
  • CE 11500 – Engineering Drawing I
  • MA 26100 – Multivariate Calculus

Hone your skills as you explore topics like structural analysis, environmental engineering and hydrology.

Civil Engineering Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • CE 33400 – Structural Analysis I
  • CE 35400 – Intro Environmental Engineering
  • CE 34200 – Engineer Hydrology/Hydraulic

As you approach graduation, you’ll take an experiential learning course and complete elective requirements.

Civil Engineering Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • CE 42900 – Senior Engineering Design I
  • CE 43900 – Senior Engineering Design II

Civil Engineering Degree Program Highlights

Rigorous curriculum, experiential learning and small classes are just the beginning. We also maintain robust connections with the industries in our region, which gives you an edge in the marketplace.

You’ll have the opportunity to enter design competitions and complete a senior project that tackles real-world problems.

PNW Lion Statue with a brick wall in the background Two students pose in commencement regalia in front of the Nils Building

Civil Engineering Degree Program Outcomes

The Civil Engineering program at PNW is built to provide:

  • Engineering competence: Graduate as a competent and engaged professional in the field
  • Continuous learning: Continue professional development long after graduation
  • Professional skills: Learn teamwork and leadership skills that you need to succeed in a highly competitive environment
  • Societal awareness: Recognize the societal, ethical and global impacts of your work

Civil Engineering Degree Program Career Paths

Civil engineers work in project management, field works, consulting, research and computer aided design. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for civil engineers was $89,940 in May 2022.

Civil Engineering Degree Program Beyond the Classroom

We know that learning happens everywhere, so we provide a number of ways to supplement your studies, including:

See All Student Organizations

Civil Engineering Degree Program Employers

Our alumni work with some of the most innovative organizations across the region and around the world, including:

  • ArcelorMittal Steel
  • Caterpillar
  • Rieth-Riley

Civil Engineering Degree Program Scholarships

Funding opportunities available to Civil Engineering students include:

  • BP Scholarship
  • College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Scholarship
  • Hunter Family Engineering Scholarship

See Engineering and Sciences Scholarships

Civil Engineering Degree Program Accreditation

Purdue University Northwest’s Bachelor of Science program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Civil and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Criteria.

Civil Engineering Degree Program Licensure

As an ABET-accredited engineering program, PNW’s program for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the School of Engineering fulfills the educational requirements for PE licensure in Indiana and all states of the US.

Student Sydney Valiska is pictured.

I believe having smaller class sizes at PNW compared to other big engineering universities really has allowed me to gain more hands-on experience (especially in labs) that I would not have been able to have at other schools.

Sydney Valiska
Civil Engineering, ’21

I currently work as a structural engineer for Burns and McDonnell. PNW prepared me for this work by building my technical background and offering the experiential learning opportunities that got me planning, scheduling, budgeting, designing, constructing, with adherence to codes and standards.

Emily Larson
BS, Civil Engineering, Spring’ 11

Meet the Faculty

Bruce Berdanier

Bruce W. Berdanier, Ph.D., PE, PS

Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences

I am currently the Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences at Purdue University Northwest.

Veera Gnaneswar Gude, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI

NiSource-Meyer Charitable Foundation Professor of Energy and the Environment | Director, PNW Water Institute

Veera Gnaneswar Gude is NiSource-Meyer Charitable Foundation Professor of Energy and the Environment and Director of Purdue University Northwest Water Institute (PWI). He is a professional engineer and a board-certified environmental engineer.

Subbarao Majety

Subbarao Venkata Majety, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Director of Design Studio

Subbarao Venkata Majety is an assistant professor and director of Design Studio, School of Engineering at Purdue University Northwest.

Kimia Mortezaei

Kimia Mortezaei, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice


Nicoleta E. Tarfulea, Ph.D.

Chair of Mathematics and Statistics | Interim Chair of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Nicoleta Tarfulea is a Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Wubeshet Woldemariam

Wubeshet Woldemariam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Wubeshet Woldemariam is an assistant professor of civil engineering in the mechanical and civil engineering department. His research and teaching focus on transportation and infrastructure planning.

Two students work on a formula SAE car outside of the PNW Design Studio

Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering at PNW

Purdue University Northwest’s civil engineering degree program provides you with a broad education in the fundamentals of Civil Engineering.

To see how a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from PNW opens doors, from government agencies to construction firms, take the next step today!

Request Info