Civil engineers work with technology, people, and nature in designing and managing essential infrastructure, such as highways, bridges, buildings, tunnels, dams, and water-supply systems.

Civil engineering is linked with environmental engineering, which works to devise environmentally friendly ways to manage and process society’s waste, destroy toxic substances, remove pollutants from the water or air, and ensure the sustainable well-being of manufactured and natural environments.

Why Study at Iowa?

The BSE in civil engineering is one of six Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the College of Engineering, which offers excellent opportunities for students to participate in research, internships, study abroad, and student organizations.

Course Work

Focus area options in civil engineering include:

  • Civil engineering practice
  • Environmental health
  • Environmental remediation and control
  • Human modeling and simulation management
  • Structures, mechanics, and materials
  • Transportation
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Water resources

See Civil Engineering in the UI General Catalog for more details.

Admission Requirements

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Student Opportunities


Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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Apply to the College of Engineering.


Civil Engineering (BSE)
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Selective Admission