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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:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Construction
  • Problem-solving
  • 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:

Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies
Dean’s Leadership Council (D.L.C.)
Engineers’ Club
E-1 Club
Helping Engineers Learn Processes and Programs (H.E.L.P.P.)
Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (S.M.E.)
Tau Beta Pi

Triangle Fraternity
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.)
Chi Epsilon
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?

Civil engineer
Design engineer
Engineering analyst
Project engineer
Technical support engineer
Research scientist
Surveyor
Urban and regional planner

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Program Accreditation

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.

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OU School of Civil Engineering
Phone: (405) 325-5913
Email: mfsmith@ou.edu
Website: cees.ou.edu