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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

This Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree program at the University of Maryland is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. The program is designed to give graduates the breadth and depth of knowledge they need to work in the fields of civil engineering, and to continue learning throughout their careers. The curriculum offers the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of expertise or explore the field more broadly.

The Profession

Civil engineering is a people-serving profession. Civil engineers are concerned with the planning, design, construction and operation of large complex systems such as buildings and bridges, water purification and distribution systems, flood protection, highways, rapid transit and rail systems, ports and harbors, airports, tunnels and underground construction, dams, power-generating systems, and structural components of aircraft and ships. Civil engineering also includes city planning; re-mediating water, air, and land pollution; and disposal of hazardous wastes and chemicals. The design and construction of these systems are only part of the many challenges and opportunities for tomorrow's civil engineers. Advances in computers, communications, and data management will continue to provide new resources that creative civil engineers can harness to meet society's need for safe, economical, and functional facilities.

The Major

The B.S. degree requires A total of 122 credit hours with emphasis in basic science (mathematics, chemistry, and physics), engineering science (mechanics of materials, statics, and dynamics), and basic civil engineering core courses (computations, materials, fluid mechanics, probability & statistics, and Geographic Information Systems). By the Junior year, each student chooses one of three tracks: Infrastructure Engineering, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, or Transportation Systems and Project Management. Each track specifies junior- and senior-level requirements. All three tracks include technical electives that may be selected from a combination of the six Civil Engineering specialties and other approved courses (The six specialty areas are: Environmental, Geotechnical, Project Management, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources). The curriculum provides a sensible blend of required courses and electives, permitting students to pursue their interests without the risk of overspecialization.


All Civil Engineering majors are advised by Department faculty and staff members, who assist in course selection and scheduling. Students may consult the Department office to obtain their advisors’ names and contact information (1173 Glenn L. Martin Hall, 301-405-7768)

Program Educational Objectives

The department has established the following specific program educational objectives:

  • To understand, apply and develop fundamental knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • To attain advanced qualification in both specialization and breadth
  • To understand and apply business sensitive criteria in meeting professional responsibilities
  • To incorporate societal sensitive criteria into professional decisions
  • To develop forward-thinking attitudes that enhance lifelong learning, communication and exemplary practice 

Student Outcomes

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has incorporated the ABET a-k learning outcomes in the following student outcomes.

1. Mathematics 13. Teamwork
2. Natural sciences 14. Professional and ethical responsibility
3. Materials science 15. Humanities
4. Mechanics 16. Social Sciences
5. Experiments 17. Sustainability
6. Problem recognition and solving 18. Risk/uncertainty
7. Design 19. Globalization
8. Breadth in civil engineering areas 20. Contemporary issues and historical perspectives
9. Technical specialization 21. Communication
10. Project management 22. Leadership
11. Public policy 23. Attitudes
12. Business and public administration 24. Lifelong learning

Enrollment and Graduation Rates

Our current undergraduate enrollment is 450 students distributed over all four years of study.

For students who entered our department as freshmen in Fall of 2010, 57 percent graduated in four years and 71 percent graduated in five years with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Our five- and six-year graduation rates are nearly identical. That is to say that all of our students who graduate do so in five years or less.

For students who entered our department as freshmen in Fall of 2010, 74 percent graduated in four years and 94 percent graduated in five years with a degree from University of Maryland, College Park.

Special Programs

The Clark School of Engineering has several special programs that could be a beneficial addition to a degree in civil engineering. These opportunities include study abroad and the Engineering Honors program.

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE or EIT)

The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam should be taken in the student’s final undergraduate semester.