What is Civil Engineering?
Civil engineers work to enhance the quality of life for all people through designing and constructing society’s infrastructure, such as buildings, highways, pipelines, water systems and mass transit systems. They often are responsible for planning, managing, operating and maintaining these facilities. OU's civil engineering program works to train students to create these structures in the most innovative and cost-effective ways. With four areas of emphasis, environmental, geotechnical, structural and transportation engineering, and an excellent hands-on curriculum, OU civil engineering students are equipped with the unique edge needed to find a job upon graduation.
Do my interests fit?
Civil engineering students typically have interests in:
- Decision making
High school preparation should include calculus, chemistry and physics.
How can OU Civil Engineering help me?
OU civil engineering students develop skills through experiential learning by practicing what is learned in the classroom through real world experiences. Students are tutored and mentored by upper-classmen with opportunities to expand horizons through study abroad. With accomplished faculty and expert guest speakers, students are empowered through professional development and receive competitive advantages in pursuing future careers.
How can I get involved?
There are numerous clubs civil engineering students can be a part of. Check them out:
Sooner Engineering Entrepreneurs Club (S.E.E.C.)
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (A.I.S.E.S.)
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (S.A.S.E)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (S.H.P.E.)
Society of Women Engineers (S.W.E.)
Civil engineering specific organizations:
American Society of Civil Engineers (A.S.C.E.)
Architectural Engineering Institute (A.E.I.)
Sooners Without Borders
Environmental Science Student Association (E.S.S.A.)
For more information on student organizations, click here.
What courses will I take?
Civil engineering courses include:
- Introduction to Civil Engineering & Environmental Science
- Mechanics of Materials
- Fluid Mechanics
- Water & Wastewater Treatment Design
- Soil Mechanics
- Water Resources Engineering
- Electrical Circuits
- Structural Design
- Civil Engineering Design - Capstone
What kind of career could I pursue?
Technical support engineer
Urban and regional planner
How much will I make?
The civil engineering program is accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology. A civil engineering student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. A five year accelerated Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree program is also available.