Civil Engineers are problem solvers who plan, design and supervise facilities essential to modern life such as the construction of bridges, airports, buildings, dams, arches, highways, irrigation projects, treatment and distribution facilities for water and wastewater. Civil Engineers use sophisticated technology and employ computer-aided engineering during design, construction, project scheduling and cost control. The opportunity for creativity is unlimited.
General Interest Area:
Civil Engineers often specialize in areas such as: structural, water resources, environmental, construction, transportation, materials, and geotechnical engineering .
High School Background:
Mathematics (calculus or pre-calculus), physics, and chemistry are recommended to high school students interested in pursuing studies in civil engineering.
Plan of Study:
The Civil and Environmental Engineering department offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum, which requires 135 hours of course work leading to a Bachelor of Science in Civil engineering. Undergraduates generally spend the first two years of their studies building on the basic core requirements such as: math, physics, chemistry, communication, and perspectives on the human condition, as well as taking applied and theoretical engineering science courses. Most students begin their elective credits and engineering concentration in their third and fourth year. See the degree requirments and 4-yr course plan.
How to get Involved:
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a very active student chapter at UAF. ASCE constructs the annual ice arch displayed in the campus plaza, as well as competes annually in regional and national steel bridge competitions. Students may also become involved in the Associated General Contractors (AGC) student chapter. Both organizations enable students to network with the industry, gain experience in project management and design, and provide a great opportunity to socialize with peers and gain team building skills.
Career and Graduate Possibilites:
Civil Engineering undergraduates have a variety of career and graduate opportunities available to them upon graduation. In the state of Alaska and worldwide there is high demand for civil engineers. Job opportunities vary from construction to research in all of the specialty areas. Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree may do so in Arctic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Management, or Environmental Engineering