​Civil Engineering

​College of Engineering and Computer Science

Learn how to plan, design, and construct facilities for the public and private sector—buildings, bridges, tunnels, highways, transit and water systems, and more.

Your immersion in this broad engineering discipline will focus on sustainable engineering analysis and design as well as effective written and oral communication skills.

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The College of Engineering is big enough that you don’t see the same people every day, but small enough that you can make connections with professors.

Laverne Sessler ’16, G’17, Civil Engineering and Business

About the College of Engineering and Computer Science




Future engineers and computer scientists learn to create new knowledge and technologies through ten undergraduate majors. Students have access to nationally regarded research centers, state-of-the-art lab spaces, and challenging internships.

Learn more about the civil engineering program.


Sample courses for civil engineering majors include: 

  • Sustainability in Civil and Environmental Systems
  • Analysis of Structures and Materials
  • Design of Concrete Structures
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Construction Engineering and Project Management
  • Transportation Engineering

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

  • Your curriculum can be specialized to align with your desired career path – structural, environmental, or geotechnical engineering. You can also minor in areas like construction management, economics, architecture, engineering, or mathematics.
  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects at on- and off-campus institutes and labs, including the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering (CESE) – 22,000 square feet of newly constructed core laboratories and individual faculty laboratories.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Sciences has 20 co-curricular organizations as well as student organizations like the Syracuse Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers without Borders, and WiSE – Women in Science and Engineering.
  • Syracuse University’s B.S. in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • The 5-year H. John Riley Dual Engineering/MBA Program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Civil Engineering students most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence and Strasbourg, and to World Partner programs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University College Dublin, and the University of New South Wales. Summer programs of interest include Engineering Research Projects in Strasbourg.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate with a major in civil engineering, you can explore careers, such as:

  • Environmental engineer
  • Urban and regional planner
  • Surveyor
  • Landscape architect
  • Construction manager
  • Engineering technician

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as structural engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.