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The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree

At MSU, each civil engineering student takes required courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics as well as appropriate courses in the humanities and social sciences. The math and science courses provide the foundation for basic engineering courses. These basic courses include a two-course introductory sequence to engineering, an introduction to civil engineering, engineering materials, engineering mechanics, soil mechanics, fluid mechanics, structural mechanics, transportation engineering, and environmental engineering. Once this broad background is established, students are encouraged to select one of six major tracks within civil engineering (see below) as an emphasis and also select individual courses in three other areas. Graduates with the bachelor's degree in civil engineering are qualified to enter directly into the profession or go on to graduate study.

The Civil Engineering B.S. degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

MSU is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

The program is designed to provide students with both depth and breadth in civil engineering. The six major tracks (or areas) within civil engineering at MSU are:

  • Environmental Engineering: Deals with the control of air, water, and land pollution to protect public health and enhance environmental quality by providing safe water supplies, treatment and disposal of waste water, and solid waste management systems.
  • Geotechnical Engineering: Design of foundations, retaining walls, roads, slopes, dams, and tunnels using rocks and soil.
  • Pavement Engineering: Design, analysis and rehabilitation of asphalt and concrete pavements.
  • Structural Engineering: Design and analysis of buildings, bridges, industrial facilities, and other structures built with a range of materials from concrete and steel to wood.
  • Transportation Engineering: Addresses the economics, planning, design, construction, maintenance, and administration of transit systems, highways, and airports.
  • Water Resources: Design and operation of systems such as pipelines, pumping stations, dams, reservoirs and channels.

In addition to the major tracks above, courses can also be selected in Construction Engineering and Management. Engineers in this area deal with engineering and management of construction projects and topics such as: construction equipment and methods, productivity, engineering economy, and project management.


Admission to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the College of Engineering formally occurs after a selection of preparatory courses is completed with a satisfactory gradepoint average. Students can also be admitted to the department as either a current MSU student in another major or a transfer student from another institution if specific admissions criteria have been successfully satisfied.

The homepage of the College of Engineering's undergraduate studies is a good place to check for general information regarding other engineering majors and programs and specific requirements for admission and graduation. There are also links to general information about the university, including transfer information. Finally, admissions information can be checked directly.

Program Requirements (B.S. CE)

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers BS degrees in civil engineering and environmental engineering. The civil engineering degree can be earned by completing the traditional civil engineering curriculum requirements, which includes core courses in statics, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, soil mechanics, and structural analysis.

For complete civil and environmental engineering program descriptions and sample programs click here. For advice or to plan your program, contact the undergraduate advisor for civil engineering, Dan King.

Civil Engineering Courses

Civil engineers need to be skilled in a variety of civil engineering sub-disciplines to become licensed professional engineers. Courses taught by the faculty in our department emphasize such areas as structural engineering, geotechnical, materials and pavement engineering, transportation engineering, water resources, and environmental engineering.

General Civil Engineering

Transportation Engineering

Structural Engineering

Water Resources

Geotechnical, Materials and Pavement Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Complete course listings and descriptions can also be viewed at the "on-line" schedule book.


Phone: (517) 355-5107 Fax: (517) 432-1827 E-mail: cee@egr.msu.edu
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3546
East Lansing, MI 48824