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Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

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Program Intro

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.

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.

Curriculum Overview

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sample Courses

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


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.

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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


Funding opportunities available to Civil Engineering students include:

Beyond the Classroom

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

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Steel Bridge
  • Concrete Canoe

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 $83,540 in May 2016.


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

  • ArcelorMittal Steel
  • BP
  • Caterpillar
  • NIES Engineering


Our nationally recognized program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC).


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.

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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

Chien-Chung Chen

Chien-Chung Chen, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Chen is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering. His teaching and research interests lie primarily in structural engineering. Also, he is the faculty advisor of the ASCE student chapter at PNW.

Wubeshet Woldemariam

Wubeshet Woldemariam, Ph.D.

Assistant 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.

Jilian Li

Jiliang Li, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Jiliang Li teaches and researches discovery as a civil-geotechnical engineering faculty.

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