BS in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Major

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Students graduate from the civil engineering major trained in the principles necessary to practice in one or more of the many subspecialties of the field. Civil engineers are experts in design, planning, research and development for the rehabilitation, operation, maintenance or creation of engineering systems and infrastructure in the industrial fields of geotechnical, structural, transportation, environmental, construction management, water resources, and public facilities engineering. As a student, you will be well prepared for a career as a civil engineer and on the path towards successfully obtaining Professional Engineer (PE) licensure, or to go on to graduate studies.

Drexel Engineering combines immersive, design-oriented coursework taught by world-recognized faculty experts with co-op, your capstone senior design experience and research opportunities to have you ready to start a career making an immediate impact.

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Concentrations in Civil Engineering

Electives allow you to follow your interests by taking three or more classes in a specialization. The concentrations within civil engineering include:

  • Geotechnical Engineering: Take on challenges with building on, in, or with the most abundant construction material available, soil.
  • Structural Engineering: Design and analyze resilient structural systems using innovative durable and sustainable low-carbon footprint materials and components while promoting holistic, project-based, and data-driven practice.
  • Water Resource Engineering: Design systems and equipment pertaining to hydraulics and coastal engineering and manage water resources, treatment and quality.
  • Transportation Engineering: Design and management of sustainable and resilient transportation systems.
  • Construction Engineering and Management: Learn the fundamentals of construction project planning, project delivery methods and requirements, compliance regulations and seamless integration of design and construction.


Many students combine a minor within the College of Engineering. Students can minor in any area, not just engineering. Popular minors include business, construction management, and environmental science.

Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador<br>
Major: Civil Engineering<br>
Class Year: 2023

José López

Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador
Major: Civil Engineering
Class Year: 2023

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Drexel Engineering Co-Op

Co-op crystalizes understanding of your chosen field. You come away knowing more about your options for a career path, your preferred work environment, and your focus within your chosen discipline. The context you gain provides you with the ability to start your career ready to make a difference.

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Curriculum and Requirements

Students must complete a total of 40 General Education credits, 65 Foundation Requirement course credits, 68 credits of Major requirements and 18 credits of professional electives.

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