Civil Engineering

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineers design, build, and maintain the infrastructure of modern civilization. The products of civil engineering include water treatment plants and distribution systems, power distribution facilities, roads, bridges, buildings, tunnels, dams, railroads, airports, docks, harbors, canals, offshore structures, and waste water treatment facilities.

Civil engineers are leaders, who help and serve society by providing safe, functional, economical structures and facilities. Civil engineers are unique problem solvers, who apply their technical know-how to meet the challenges of disaster relief, deteriorating facilities, traffic congestion, floods, earthquakes, environmental contamination, and community planning.

On the battlefield, Army civil engineers support the combined arms team by building and repairing community facilities in support of operations, roads, bridges, railroads, pipelines, airfields, ports, buildings, utilities, and base camps. Army engineers also manage the design, construction, maintenance and repair of facilities and infrastructure at Army installations worldwide.

What will I study?

Majors take courses in structural, environmental, geotechnical, and hydraulic engineering. The program of study is broad, rigorous, rewarding and relevant to the needs of the Army. Graduates of the CE major are well prepared for professional practice and for subsequent graduate study in a variety of disciplines.

Core Engineering Sequence cadets follow a three-course Infrastructure Engineering curriculum that provides an overview of engineering design, infrastructure fundamentals, and construction management. The capstone event is the design and construction planning of a base camp in an active theater of operations. Learn about the CES requirements...

Questions:  COL Joe Hanus , CE Program Director


Why study Civil Engineering?

  • Civil Engineers help people and build the future. Civil, in Civil Engineering, is civilization. Every day, everyone touches and lives what Civil Engineers design and build.
  • Civil Engineering teaches you how things work. This will be of enormous benefit to you as an Army officer in an increasingly technical world.
  • Civil Engineering teaches you how to think. Civil engineers learn how to describe, analyze, and solve problems using mathematics and systematic problem-solving techniques. Learning to think logically and to work systematically contributes to the ability to address new and difficult problems with confidence.
  • Civil Engineering teaches you how to oversee complicated and interdisciplinary projects. Because a civil engineering education teaches you how things work and how to logically solve new problems, civil engineers are in very high demand as project managers.
  • Civil Engineering provides an opportunity for solving challenging, real-life problems for the benefit of the Army and society. Engineers are explorers and inventors. They push technological frontiers to improve the quality of life for our nation’s citizens today and for the future. The Army provides many postgraduate educational and research opportunities at top universities and research laboratories for its best engineering minds.
  • Civil Engineering allows you to keep your options open. Civil engineers possess excellent reasoning skills and understand their world. These qualities make civil engineers competitive for most graduate programs of study in engineering as well as law, business, and medicine.

2016 U.S. News and World Report - CE Program #2 in the Nation

The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the, Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET .


ABET Student Outcomes and Program Educational Objectives

Current Civil Engineering Program Enrollments/Graduates:
Class Enrolled Graduated
2019 49  
2018 45  
2017 36  
2016 36  
2015 41 41