BS in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Major

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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering prepares students to practice in one or more of the many subspecialties of the discipline. Civil engineers are experts in design, planning, research and development for the rehabilitation, operation, maintenance or creation of engineering systems and infrastructure. The expertise is applied to work in geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation, environmental engineering, construction management, water resources and public works. As a student, you will be well prepared for a civil engineering career path that may include obtaining Professional Engineer (PE) licensure, or to go on to graduate-level 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: Become an geo engineer expert through a deeper understanding of natural geological materials, including soil, in the building and construction or engineering plan.
  • Structural Engineering: Design and analyze resilient systems using innovative durable and sustainable low-carbon footprint materials and components while promoting holistic, project-based, and data-driven practice.
  • Water Resource Engineering: Focus on systems and equipment pertaining to hydraulics and coastal engineering and manage water resources, treatment and quality.
  • Transportation Engineering: Design and manage improved, 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.
Hometown: Devon, PA<br>
Major: Civil Engineering<br>
Class Year: 2024

Kris Melag

Hometown: Devon, PA
Major: Civil Engineering
Class Year: 2024

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Drexel Engineering Co-Op

Co-op crystallizes understanding of your chosen field. You come away knowing more about the options for a career path, your preferred work environment, and become more confident about the 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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Students can also add minor within the College of Engineering or from any area offered at Drexel. Popular choices include business, construction management, environmental science or architecture.

Career/Job Outlook

Careers in civil engineering provide many diverse opportunities working in private firms or with government agencies, with job titles such as geotechnical engineer, building control surveyor, structural engineer, water hygiene engineer and many others. Civil Engineers' make a median salary of $88,050 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some other outcomes for Drexel Engineers include:

  • 98% of Drexel civil engineer majors are employed after graduation
  • $67,957 average salary Drexel civil engineer one-year after graduation
  • 83% receive job offers from former co-op employers 

Student Experience

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