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Civil Engineering (CE) provides a solid background in mathematics and basic sciences applied toward the study and design of engineered systems. As a broad field encompassing many disciplines, Civil Engineering offers a challenging and fulfilling career to individuals with a wide variety of interests. Upper level courses in the major include study in structural analysis, geotechnical engineering, construction, water resources, and environmental engineering. The program emphasizes development of open-ended problem solving, team building skills, creativity, and communication ability. In the senior level capstone design course, students integrate what they have learned in the design of a complete Civil Engineering system. Graduates of the major are well prepared to pursue a variety of career opportunities and graduate programs in and out of the Coast Guard. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

In addition to the common Department of Engineering student outcomes, program-specific outcomes of the Civil Engineering Major include producing graduates who:

  • Can apply knowledge in the areas of structural, construction, environmental, and geotechnical engineering.
  • Can conduct fundamental civil engineering experiments, analyze and interpret data, and prepare engineering reports.
  • Can design a system, component, or process in the context of structural, environmental, and geotechnical engineering.
  • Can explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and can explain the importance of professional licensure.

Program Educational Objectives or "PEOs", on the other hand, look ahead several years to offer expectations for graduates early in their career. PEOs for the Civil Engineering Program are as follows:

Within seven years after graduation:

  • Graduates of the Civil Engineering Program perform effectively in a variety of career paths as Junior Officers in the Coast Guard.
  • Graduates of the Civil Engineering Program provide appropriate Civil Engineering expertise to the Coast Guard while serving in Civil Engineering related billets.
  • Graduates of the Civil Engineering Program demonstrate a commitment to intellectual and professional growth through activities and accomplishments such as graduate study, professional licensure, professional society activity, and/or continuing education.

Civil Engineering cadets are encouraged to join a professional member organization. Learn more about the ASCE Student Chapter.