Civil engineers plan, design and construct our nation’s physical infrastructure, taking leadership roles in the responsible development and protection of our natural resources. Civil engineering encompasses several distinct disciplinary themes such as architectural engineering, construction engineering, environmental engineeringstructural engineering and water resources engineering, and at Clarkson, we give our students opportunities to be successful in all of these areas. 

Building your future is something that must be earned, and in Clarkson's civil engineering undergraduate bachelor's degree program, you do just that. You gain experience working on projects and research that influences the future. In the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), courses in the civil engineering major are taught in a project-based and challenge-based manner. Not everyone can become a civil engineer. It takes focus and perseverance to develop the critical skills and knowledge for the job. Clarkson is here to transform you into the person with such skills.

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Civil Engineering Careers

With your bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Clarkson, you can pursue a career working in many industries and disciplines, such as:

  • structural design
  • water, land or other resource development
  • transportation systems
  • hazardous waste management
  • general project management

According to PayScale, the average entry-level civil engineer salary is currently over $56,000, with high increases based on experience over time. Our civil engineering majors have been recruited in recent years by companies such as Burns & McDonnell, CHA, DEW Construction, Ducks Unlimited, Hunt Engineers, John Deere, Kiewit, National Grid, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and Turner Construction. 

Civil engineering majors who have chosen to continue their studies by attending graduate school have been accepted at institutions such as Cornell University, Northeastern University, and University of Washington- Seattle. Many of them go on to complete Clarkson's civil and environmental engineering program (M.S. and/or Ph.D.), which has been ranked as one of the best in the country. 

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Civil Engineering Curriculum & Academic Options

Major in Civil Engineering

The civil engineering undergraduate bachelor's degree program consists of courses in civil engineering, environmental engineering, applied mathematics, engineering science and design, physics, chemistry and engineering economics. Civil engineering majors can take courses such as:

  • Construction Materials Engineering
  • Steel Design
  • Timber Design
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Strength of Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Reinforced Masonry Design
  • Intro to Architectural Engineering
  • Transportation Systems Design

Civil Engineering Major Curriculum

Relevant Minors & Concentrations

Civil engineering majors have the opportunity to choose a concentration in either architectural engineering, construction engineering management, or structural engineering as part of the bachelor's degree program. There are also several minors offered that complement the civil engineering major, such as project management or environmental engineering. View our recommendations below or learn more about all of Clarkson's minors, concentrations and professional advising tracks.

Architectural Engineering Concentration

Construction Engineering Management (CEM)

Structural Engineering Concentration

Water Resources Engineering Concentration

Environmental Engineering Minor

Project Management Minor

All Clarkson Minors, Concentrations and Tracks

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"A lot of my friends who have attended Clarkson got their dream jobs, and I know that alumni are strong and involved. Being a student here connects me to a big network of leadership and achievement. I am loving this opportunity to see how far and fast I can go!"

Kyle Thomson '20, BS Civil Engineering

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

At Clarkson, you will have the opportunity to do hands-on research. Some of the research topics include

  • bridge monitoring and infrastructure health
  • novel concrete for drainage and corrosion resistance
  • strength of materials, ranging from Antarctic ice to novel composite building materials
  • indoor air quality
  • bioenergy production and the associated life cycle environmental impacts
  • fate of contaminants in air, water and soil systems
  • air quality monitoring and modeling
  • oil spill modeling and environmental impacts
  • river and ocean ice dynamics
Internships and Co-op Opportunities

Internships and co-op opportunities at Clarkson are wide-ranging for civil engineers. As a student in civil engineering, you have the ability to pursue an internship or co-op within your field of interest. Below is a list of organizations at which students like you have interned.

  • New York Power Authority
  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C.
  • Kiewit/Jett Industries
  • Murnane Building Contractors
  • Iberdrola USA/NYSEG
  • Diehl Development, Inc.
  • GE Power & Water
  • Atlantic Testing Laboratories
  • Trane
  • Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
  • Headwaters Hydrology
  • Bernier, Carr & Associates
  • Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge research
  • O'Brien & Gere
  • Barrett Paving Materials, Inc.
  • Keystone Consulting Engineers
  • Turner Construction
  • Tetra Tech 
  • Dynamic Structures, Inc.
  • Positive Energies, LLC
  • Whiting-Turner
  • Amtrak
  • MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C.
  • Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
  • National Grid
  • CHA Consulting, Inc.
  • The Lane Construction Corp.

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