(Concentration within Civil Engineering)

Do you sit in traffic and think "I could have designed this highway better?" Do you ever wonder how the earth supports massive structures like baseball stadiums and skyscrapers? At Catholic University, you can major in civil engineering with a concentration in structural/geotechnical engineering, the field that seeks to solve these very problems.

Structural / geotechnical engineering is the process of planning, designing, and constructing buildings, highways, bridgers, and other civil infrastructure. At Catholic University, your study of engineering will be balanced by a well-rounded liberal arts education, with courses in the humanities and ethics as well as physics and hydraulics.

The engineering faculty at Catholic University are experts in their field, ready to share their professional experiences with you. By the time you graduate, you will be well equipped to enter the competitive workforce or go on to further study in structural/geotechnical engineering or the field of your choice.

About Civil Engineering

Civil engineers plan, design, develop, build, manage, rehabilitate and operate the physical elements of the human habitat. Almost every aspect of every day life is impacted by projects conceived, designed and constructed by civil engineers. Civil Engineering, like all other fields, is comprised of many subdisciplines. Primary areas of concentration include transportation, geotechnical, environmental, structural engineering, and construction engineering and management. An introduction to these disciplines may be found by clicking on the links to visit Discover Engineering Online.

Our program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET and prepares you for an exciting career in all sectors including: industry, government, business and universities. You will also be well-prepared for graduate school and for other professional areas such as business, education, law and medicine. Graduates of accredited degree programs are eligible to pursue registration as Professional Engineers (P.E.). Our faculty are dedicated to excellence in undergraduate teaching and are at the forefront of engineering research. With small class sizes limited to 25 students admitted to the Department of Civil Engineering annually, there is plenty of opportunity to interact with professors and to receive individual attention. Also, being in the Nation's capital, we have, also on our faculty, a group of world-class professional experts in engineering, law, and business, who bring practice into the classroom. Our educational philosophy is to emphasize flexibility in choices and active learning through Information Technology (IT).

Catholic University students are active members of many professional societies such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Our students have consistently received individual scholarship awards from these parent organizations, and both Catholic University student chapters have earned national honors. Graduates are in-demand by civil engineering firms throughout the country and have consistently received multiple career offers above the national average for CE grads entering the workforce.

Combining a well rounded liberal education with detailed technical knowledge, practical experience through internships, professional society involvement, and state of the art learning and research tools, prepares you to become the future leaders of the profession.


Engineering Exploratory

The School of Engineering offers eight different majors and concentrations. If you are interested in Engineering but aren't sure that a structural/geotechnical engineering concentration is right for you, you can begin your studies as an Engineering Exploratory student. Exploratory students take math and science courses that serve as a foundation for the different specializations available in the Engineering field. These classes also fulfill requirements for various majors in the School of Engineering.