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​Civil Engineering

Learn how to plan, design, construct, and maintain facilities for the public and private sectors such as buildings, bridges, tunnels, highways, transit and water systems.

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

Portrait of Ravyn Smith

The Civil Engineering program at Syracuse allows students to get a taste of every specialization within the field so we can learn and decide which aspects interest us the most.

—Ravyn Smith ’21, Civil Engineering major and Architecture minor

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.


Sample courses for civil engineering majors include: 

  • Sustainability in Civil and Environmental Systems
  • Analysis of Structures and Materials
  • Design of Steel and Concrete Structures
  • Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
  • Construction Engineering and Project Management
  • Geomatics and Transportation Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources

View official major requirements .

Practical Experience

  • Your curriculum can be specialized to align with your desired career path – construction, environmental, geotechnical, or structural engineering. You can also pursue a minor in areas like economics, engineering management, architecture, mathematics, or other fields of engineering to name a few.
  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects at on- and off-campus institutes and labs, including the Construction Engineering Lab (CEL), the Structures/Materials lab, the Geofoam lab, the Geosynthetics lab, and the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering (CESE) – 22,000 square feet of core 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 (ASCE), Engineers without Borders (EWB), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE).
  • The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits Syracuse University's B.S. in civil engineering.
  • 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 have the opportunity to enhance their academic learning experience by studying abroad in one of the Syracuse University centers in Florence and  Strasbourg , or through the 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 and a Construction Management class in Eastern Europe.

The Dubai Summer Internship program allows a selected group of students to spend one summer month in Dubai, UAE to learn about the business and engineering practices of one of the world’s leading contracting and construction companies in the region.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate with a major in civil engineering, you have many options.

Including work in both the public and private sectors:

  • Design firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Utilities
  • Construction firms

Also in government agencies:

  • Departments of Transportation
  • Thruway and Port Authorities
  • Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Departments of Public Works

You can also pursue graduate studies in areas such as construction engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, and structural engineering or other professional degrees such as business administration or law. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

In the College of Engineering and Computer Science, students are provided a team of advisors to support and mentor them throughout their entire undergraduate career. Career advisors counsel and train students to develop and assess their career skills, ensure job readiness, help them secure internships and jobs, and serve as a liaison to faculty and employers on students’ behalf.