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.

Why Carroll?

Carroll Civil Engineering provides you with great flexibility to customize a curriculum to meet your own personal interests and career goals. Within the Civil Engineering degree program, we offer two options:

  • The general 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.

Courses and Student Learning Objectives

The educational objectives of the Carroll College Civil Engineering program are to prepare 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.

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.

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.

Professional Educational Outcomes

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.” To give you an idea of the possibilities, read profiles of some of our alumni.

Program Highlights

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

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

  • Guatemala: Students and their professional mentors are designing and constructing walls in a school building to protect it against earthquakes.
  • Mexico: Students have designed and constructed an irrigation system to increase agricultural production at a home for children, and are currently expanding the system’s capacity by adding a well.
  • St. Lucia: Working with the local community, students are providing a better domestic water system at a home for the elderly so that its residents can receive the best care.
  • Uganda: Students have provided clean and safe drinking water for the small village of Kawango and for a school in the village.

The student chapter for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) allows students to:

  • Design and build a concrete canoe or steel bridge and compete with other engineering schools in a 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.

The student chapter for the American Water Works Association (AWWA) gives students the opportunity to:

  • Interact directly with professional engineers to gain knowledge and employment in engineering for clean water.
  • Be engaged in poster competitions or presentations at AWWA conferences.
  • Participate in tours of water treatment facilities.
  • Develop relationships with professionals in the clean water industry.

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

The 2019-2020 direct billable charges at Carroll College are $46,316. These charges include tuition and fees, and room and board (housing/meals). This number may seem high to start, but after factoring inawards or scholarships you can quickly begin to knock this number down. When you apply for admission, you will find out your Merit Aid Level. Then you can fillout 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. Here are a few important deadlines for you to keepin mind:

  • October 1: Begin submitting 2019-2020 FAFSA
  • December 1: Priority deadline for need-based Carroll financial aid (FAFSA must be submitted for priority consideration)
  • January: 2019-2020 Financial Aid Offers available (new, accepted students with FAFSA results on file with the Financial Aid Office)
  • June 1: Begin acceptance and processing of applications for 2019-2020 private education loans (Parent PLUS or other private loan.)

    This may seem like an intimidating part of the process, but that’s why we’re here to help. Our supportive financial aid advisors will help you navigate the process from start to finish. You can contact us with any questions you may have along the way at (406) 447-5425 or (800) 992-3648, Ext. 5425, as well as

We encourage you tocontact the department with any other questions you have about the program!

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