Civil Engineering

  • Overview
  • Program Details

img-cve-photos1-2010Receive both your bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering in just five years. MSOE is the only university in the state to offer a five-year, freshman-to-master’s program in civil engineering

At MSOE, civil engineering course work provides a broad-based education touching on each of the traditional areas within the civil engineering field: structural engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, transportation, construction, surveying and geotechnical engineering. Students will then gain in-depth proficiency and design skills in one of these three areas:

  • Structural engineering: Design the structures associated with buildings, bridges, dams and other infrastructure elements
  • Environmental engineering: Design systems for the production of potable water, the treatment, disposal, and reuse of wastewater, air permitting and air pollution control, management of solid and hazardous wastes, and contamination remediation
  • Water resources engineering: Design systems to manage natural water resources, including potable water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, stormwater conveyance systems, and the design of groundwater wells
  • Construction Management: Estimate, schedule, and manage the construction of civil engineering projects involving public infrastructure such as highways, bridges, and water treatment plants and more</li>

For students with an interest in construction engineering, elective coursework can be taken from MSOE’s nationally-renowned construction management program.

There is no better time than now to pursue a career in civil engineering. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that civil engineers in America will experience employment growth of 24 percent in the next decade, fueled by a significant need for investment in America’s infrastructure. Because you’ll finish MSOE’s program with a bachelor’s and master’s degree, you’ll be fully prepared to hit the ground running.

The results

The placement rate for MSOE civil engineering graduates was 100% in 2015-16, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $60,040.

The field

Civil engineers are responsible for the design and construction of the infrastructure necessary to support civilized society. This includes buildings in which we live and work, transportation systems such as roads, railroads and airports, facilities to manage our natural water resources, and systems to collect, treat, and dispose of wastewater and solid wastes.

Civil engineers generally work indoors in offices. However, they may spend some time outdoors at construction sites to monitor operations or solve problems at the site.

You may want to consider CVE if you …

  • Are able to plan, direct and control the activities and work of others
  • Are able to do mathematics and detailed work with accuracy
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills
  • Are able to visualize drawings or pictures as 3-D objects
  • Enjoy working in a team environment

Curriculum Year by Year

Freshman Year

Gain a solid foundation in calculus, chemistry and construction basics your freshman year.

Junior Year

Begin takes courses related to the specialty area of your choice – structural engineering, environmental engineering or water-resources engineering. In addition, learn some business basics like how to lead project teams and management principles.

Sophomore Year

Learn more about factors that impact structures, including materials, forces and geophysics. You’ll also hone your written and oral communication skills sophomore year.

Senior Year

Put your classroom knowledge to the test as you and your team work on your senior design project. You’ll also start to take some master’s level courses as you prepare for your fifth year.

Fifth Year

Complete master’s level courses to this year to graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering. You’ll also complete a Capstone design project.

Program Director

Dr. Frank Mahuta, J.D., P.E.
Associate Professor

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The program objectives of the Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Civil Engineering (CVE) program are as follows:

  • Graduates of the BSCVE program are expected to pursue and achieve registration as a professional engineer after attaining the required years of work experience stipulated by the relevant licensing board
  • Graduates of the BSCVE program are expected to advance their technical and professional skills through lifelong learning (e.g., attaining advanced degrees, attending conferences and seminars, achieving specialty certifications)
  • Graduates of the BSCVE program are expected to demonstrate a commitment to their profession and to their community by participating in and providing leadership for professional society and/or public service activities
  • Graduates of the BSCVE program are expected to demonstrate an appreciation for sustainability in civil engineering design and construction by considering and including sustainable aspects in many of their completed projects
  • Graduates of the BSCVE program are expected to demonstrate appropriate courses of action in situations involving conflicting professional and ethical interests
  • Graduates of the BSCVE program who desire to do so are expected to move into management positions within their company or business, demonstrating the business, communications, leadership, and teamwork skills required for the positions

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The student outcomes of the Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Civil Engineering (CVE) program are as follows:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


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