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 engineering and structural engineering.

Building your future is something that must be earned, and at Clarkson, you do just that. You gain experience working on projects and research that influences the future. At Clarkson, civil engineering is taught in a project-based and challenging 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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Kyle Thomson
"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

Career Opportunities

With your degree in civil engineering from Clarkson, you can begin your career working in

  • structural design
  • water, land or other resource development
  • transportation systems
  • hazardous waste management
  • general project management
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Take Courses Such As :

  • Construction Materials Engineering
  • Steel Design
  • Timber Design
  • Reinforced Masonry design
  • Intro to Architectural engineering
  • Transportation Systems Design

Civil Engineering Major Curriculum

Minors & Concentrations

Looking to take your education a step further? Check out our list of minors and concentrations to complement your civil engineering degree.

Architectural Engineering Concentration

Construction Engineering Management (CEM)

Concentration in Structural Engineering

All Clarkson Minors

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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