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Civil Engineering

Plan, Design, Construct Amazing Things

Civil engineers do amazing things, and our civil engineering program prepares you to do them. From geotechnical engineering to water resource management, our program prepares you to solve problems and improve outcomes — we’ve got it down.

Our accredited, comprehensive program delivers the principles and hands-on methods that are fundamental to the civil engineering profession. Our broad spectrum of courses maximizes your career options and provides flexibility to concentrate in your area of interest. Technical electives in environmental, geotechnical, structural, construction, transportation and water resource engineering make your customized program possible. Enjoy real-world design opportunities and projects that link leadership and service to learning and scholarship in our Catholic, Marianist tradition. Our scholarship focuses on advancing state-of-the-art design and building safe, reliable and affordable infrastructure.

Catch a glimpse of our seniors during their capstone design projects using their engineering skills for the 'Common Good.'

  • nearly 100%

    job/graduate school placement, including undergrad co-ops

  • 15:1

    student to faculty ratio

  • over 12

    percentage points above national pass rate on Fundamentals of Engineering exam

A High-Quality Education

We're dedicated to preparing students to do amazing things – whether during their time on campus or later in their careers. Class sizes and laboratory sessions are small, which creates intimate learning opportunities. Our laboratories contain similar equipment used to test materials and water on typical civil engineering sites. Numerous classes use advanced technology and data analytics to focus on 21st century design / build projects, sustainability, economy and innovation. Our program benefits from alumni and local practitioners who provide tremendous support and mentoring opportunities. In addition to individual learning, several classes emphasize creating leadership and success when working as part of a team.

UD’s civil engineering students have many options to learn amazing things. Take a deeper dive into electives or a minor in structural, construction, water resources, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering. Trade a traditional classroom for an undergraduate research project. Extend your campus education with industry and service partnerships such as cooperative education or a local semester of service. And if that’s not enough, consider joining this team’s project in Malawi in a year or two.

As the need for civil / environmental engineers grows, so does our program! Our new environmental engineering option provides technical rigor in water resources and water quality. You can use electives to explore a breadth of complementary topics. Or, you can focus your portfolio with a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) certificate, or sustainability minor.

UD's first sustainability minor awarded to 2011 civil engineering graduate, Mike Voellmecke

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The best way to understand our passion, innovation and community is to experience it yourself.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Bachelor's Plus Master's

Accelerate your progress to a graduate degree. Dive deeper into a specialty area such as structural engineering, water resources or our new Construction Engineering and Management area. Or complement your undergraduate work with a field such as Engineering Mechanics, Renewable and Clean Energy Engineering or Management Science.

Independent Thinkers

Experience rapid engineering advances through paid summer research fellowships, honors thesis work or using your engineering skills to assist in areas of need with the ETHOS Center – our students take their professional development seriously, with a large dollop of fun! Join the American Society of Civil Engineers' nationals for a steel bridge model or their concrete canoe races. Be a student leader: Our student estimating team won first place twice in the past 3 years at the Ohio Contractors Association's competition. And what about the third year of three? – UD held 2nd place. Go Flyers!

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Engineering Co-op and Internship

Explore Your Engineering Future

Take your engineering experience to the next level and find your passion with co-op and internship opportunities. All engagements are paid positions and provide invaluable engineering work experience integrated into the student's academic plan. In one academic year, over 450 undergraduates accepted engineering placements that resulted in $6.2M paid directly to the undergrads.


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Dr. Robert Liang, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories, Room 422
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0243

Program Accreditation

Our undergraduate civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.