Civil Engineering Bachelor of Science
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Are you fascinated by large-scale projects? Do cities, how they grow, how they are physically organized, and what changes might improve the local quality of life, intrigue you? Are you an environmentalist who would like to design projects to preserve and enhance environmental quality, reduce ground water pollution, remediate existing damages, or contain toxic materials? Does the design of bridges, tunnels, airports, highways, and other large infrastructure projects capture your interest and imagination? Would you like to use computers to design and help manage a large construction project? If so, a career in civil engineering might be the one for you.

Civil Engineers are involved in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of high cost, large-scale, one-of-a-kind public/private projects such as bridges, buildings, canals, highways, transit systems, airports, irrigation projects, water treatment and distribution systems, solid waste treatment and recycling facilities. Increasingly, the need to provide for both society’s infrastructure requirements and the preservation of environmental quality is being addressed by civil engineers. Due to their uniqueness and scale, civil engineering projects cannot be proof tested and revised; they are expected to work the first time. Consequently, civil engineers use computers extensively in the design, visualization, and management of these large systems and structures. Additionally, the need to satisfy environmental concerns and the demand for remediation of past practices has made the field of environmental engineering one of the fastest growing fields in engineering.

The undergraduate civil engineering program provides a solid base in the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering fundamentals, and design and management concepts. The engineering courses cover such topics as design practices, computer tools, technical communications, project management, and engineering ethics. This curriculum provides the basic scientific and professional education necessary to enter the engineering profession in any branch of civil engineering. Colorado State University engineering graduates have a greater than 90% pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering professional exam.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Intrigued by developing solutions for real problems and needs
* Interested in designing large systems and structures
* Possesses strong aptitude for and interest in computer applications and design
* Displays curiosity about how things work
* Possesses aptitude in math and physical sciences
* Works effectively with a team and independently
* Able to draw information and ideas from a variety of sources
* Demonstrates perseverance & attention to detail
* Exhibits leadership and interpersonal skills
* Exercises strong verbal and writing ability
* Displays creativity and versatility

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Civil engineers are employed in many different organizations including small and large consulting firms, governmental agencies at all levels, and industrial companies such as construction, petroleum, and aerospace firms. Civil engineers may also find opportunities in specialized design, research, and teaching. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Career occupations include but are not limited to:
* Civil engineer
* Environmental engineer
* Transportation engineer
* Hydraulic engineer
* Structural engineer
* Fluid mechanics
* Geotechnical engineer
* Groundwater engineer
* Hydraulics engineer
* Hydrologist
* Wind engineer
* Urban/regional planner
* Architectural engineer
* Contract administrator
* Construction engineer
* Industrial transportation specialist
* Industrial designer/engineer
* Irrigation engineer
* Mining engineer
* Cartographer
* Mining and petroleum research engineer
* Educator

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* American Society of Civil Engineers
* Chi Epsilon Honor Society
* Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
* Engineering College Council
* Society of Women Engineers
* Society of Black Engineers and Scientists
* Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
* American Indian Science and Engineering Society
* Engineers without Borders

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Civil Engineering
A203 Engineering
1372 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1372
970-491-5448
http://www.engr.colostate.edu/ce/whatisce.shtml
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Adviisng and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Office of Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
8008 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8008
970-491-6909
http://admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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