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Civil Engineering

Historically, civil engineering encompassed all engineering endeavors not associated with military activities. Because of its origin and history, it still embraces a wide variety of technological areas.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering continues to meet the social, economical and environmental challenges of our times by graduating professionals possessing cutting edge knowledge and by our researchers creating new technology to simplify and solve our infrastructure problems.

Career Profile

Civil engineers oversee the design and construction of facilities for society's use. Working with problems which directly affect the health and economic vitality of people and communities, civil engineers contribute their expertise to such problems as waste disposal, environmental pollution, transportation systems design, water resource development, and the design, construction and rehabilitation of constructed facilities.

A Civil Engineering degree provides a wide variety of career options in industry, government, consulting, management, teaching, research, marketing and sales.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

ENGR 101 Engineering Problem Solving 1 HIST 102 Western Civilization: 1600 to Present CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry MATH 155 Calculus 1 ENGR 199 Orientation to Engineering

Senior Year

CE 462 Reinforced Concrete Design STAT 461 Theory of Probability CE 425 Engineering Hydrology MATH 343 Introduction to Linear Algebra CE 447 Environmental Engineering Design

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The civil engineering baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Alumni Profile

Rachel James

Rachel James, a civil engineering graduate from Crawford, was awarded a graduate fellowship by the National Science Foundation. Her research focuses on non-linear travel costs and route choice. In 2013, she was named WVU's 36th Goldwater Scholar.

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