Civil engineering is about community service, development, and improvement. It involves the conception, planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities essential to modern life, from transit systems to offshore structures to space satellites.
Civil engineers are solvers of real-world problems, meeting the challenges of pollution, traffic congestion, drinking water and energy needs, urban redevelopment, and community planning.
Growth areas in civil engineering include infrastructure development, construction management, computer-aided design, engineered environmental systems and flood-related sciences.
In planning and design, civil engineers work with other engineers, architects, landscape architects, planners, economists, financiers, sociologists, lawyers, and other specialists as members of the design team. Some engineers work in offices while others construct or supervise outdoor projects they have designed. There also is great potential for entrepreneurial work by civil and environmental engineers as they start their own companies.
Engineering student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and national honorary societies offer many opportunities to develop your leadership abilities.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Apply early for scholarships. The College of Engineering offers Engineering First-Year Scholarships as well as many other scholarship opportunities for sophomore, junior, and senior students. For more information, visit College of Engineering Scholarships.
Iowa's civil engineering program provides graduates with scientific and technical knowledge and equips them with problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills that will serve them throughout their careers. The program emphasizes both a broad education in civil engineering fundamentals and the opportunity for in-depth learning.
Students complete the BSE core requirements as well as the curriculum designed for their major, which covers four major stems: mathematics and basic sciences, engineering topics, the general education component, and an elective focus area. Students may choose an approved focus area or work with their adviser to customize an area that aligns with their interests or career objectives.
See Civil Engineering in the UI General Catalog to learn about course requirements and graduating with honors.