Civil Engineering Major

Civil Engineering Degree at Carroll College


The Program

Civil engineers promote and protect the health, safety, economic well being, and social stability of people in communities large and small around the world. They do this by designing, constructing, managing, operating, and maintaining civil infrastructure including systems to protect and manage our environment and resources. As a Civil Engineering major at Carroll, you’ll be prepared to ensure that all of these systems are safe, efficient, reliable, sustainable, and resilient, and that they protect and preserve the environment for future generations.

Our Civil Engineering degree focuses on the social value of engineering while mitigating environmental impact through sustainable engineering solutions. In addition to a rigorous technical curriculum, you will enjoy many opportunities while you are at Carroll to develop and practice your skills in the field to benefit people locally, nationally, and all over the world.

When you study Civil Engineering at Carroll you will learn how to design buildings and bridges, protect and preserve the environment, manage our precious water resources, and provide efficient transportation systems. This provides you with a broad base of knowledge and skills so that after graduation you will be able to find enjoyable and rewarding work, start your own business, become a leader in your profession, and/or pursue graduate studies in a wide variety of disciplines.

Carroll Civil Engineers are in high demand. Graduates get jobs, start their own businesses, become leaders in their professions, join international service organizations, and are accepted to top notch graduate schools. With a Carroll BS in Civil Engineering, you can enjoy a rewarding professional career in service to people. Carroll Engineering is “Engineering for Life.” 


Carroll's Civil Engineering Major Options

The four major areas of study with the Civil Engineering major are: structures, environmental, water resources, and transportation. Students may choose one of two emphases: Broadfield or Environmental.

  • The general Broadfield Civil Engineering degree provides students with a broad base of knowledge and skills in water resources, environmental protection, structures, and transportation.
  • The Civil Engineering degree with an Environmental emphasis allows students to take select courses in air and water quality, energy and the environment, public health and the environment, and land and stream restoration.

Check out the 4-year course plans for Civil Engineering. Students can also supplement their BS degree with a certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) or Project Management.

Our Civil Engineering and Engineering Science programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Carroll College Civil Engineering program are preparing graduates who will:

  1. Find employment in their chosen fields and enjoy successful and rewarding professional careers.
  2. Seek and engage in lifelong learning to grow and develop in their chosen professions and/or continue their education to earn a master’s or a doctoral degree.
  3. Demonstrate leadership, especially through good teamwork and effective communication skills.
  4. Conduct themselves as ethical and responsible professionals, always mindful of the safety, environmental, economic, public health, and aesthetic impacts of their work.

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in civil engineering, a student must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all of the courses listed under “Major Program Requirements,” the appropriate “Emphasis Requirements,” and “Other Program Requirements.” A lesser grade in any of these courses must be replaced before the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in civil engineering will be granted. In addition, lesser grades in any of these courses preclude taking subsequent courses for which the deficient courses are a prerequisite.


Student Chapters

The Carroll Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA has active projects in two countries:

  • Guatemala: Students and their professional mentors are designing and constructing walls in a school building to protect it against earthquakes.
  • Uganda: Students have provided clean and safe drinking water for the small village of Kawango and for a school in the village.

Find more information here!

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter allows students to:

  • Design and build a concrete canoe or steel bridge and compete with other engineering schools in a annual regional competition.
  • Learn design tools. Gain shop and welding skills - and how to use them SAFELY.
  • Mentor elementary students in the Helena PEAK program in various engineering topics.
  • Help the community by participating in our Highway Cleanup Project on Interstate 15 near Jefferson City.
  • Interact directly with professional engineer mentors in societal activities or ASCE projects.  Many times mentors become links to employment.

Find more information here!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re wondering what jobs you can get with a civil engineering degree, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an employment change of 20,500 new civil engineering jobs throughout the next decade. We have alumni now working as:

  • Water Resource Engineer
  • Transportation Planning Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Presidents and Senior Associates of engineering businesses/organizations

The Civil Engineering Bachelor’s degree can be completed in four years and we’ve even laid out a schedule to help you with which classes you need to take—and when: Civil Engineering 4-Year Plan 

Please look through the Scholarships & Aid page for the most recent billable costs and aids information. When you apply for admission, you will find out your Merit Aid Level. Then you can fill out the FAFSA so we can determine what other forms of aid might be available—and you can apply for scholarships.

There are plenty of options for financial aid available to you, whether through scholarships and grants or federal and private loans. Take a look at which may be right for you on our Financial Aid page. The earlier you begin your financial aid application and submit everything needed, the better. The Scholarship and Aid page has important deadlines for you to keep in mind.

We encourage you to contact the department with any other questions you have about the program!  We'd love to visit with you over-the-phone or at an in-person visit!

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