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Civil Engineering

The field of Civil Engineering has been defined as follows:

"Civil engineers are entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life. Civil engineers serve competently, collaboratively, and ethically as: 

  • planners, designers, constructors, and operators of society's economic and social engine, the built environment;
  • stewards of the natural environment and its resources;
  • innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic sectors;
  • managers of risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats; and,
  • leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy."  

After the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2025 vision for Civil Engineering.


Upon graduation with a degree in Civil Engineering, opportunities for employment will fall within the following fields (click on the image to open a larger view:)

CE Employment Profile


In becoming a Civil Engineer, a student will focus studies in the following areas (in addition to core subject areas) at the college and university levels (click on the image to open a larger view:)

CE Expertise Profile


The following diagram illustrates a recommended two-year transfer plan leading to a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (click on the image to open a larger view:)

CE Transfer Plan

CE Transfer plan notes

To ensure that you are ready for courses as shown, please take note of the prerequisite flowchart shown below (click on the image to open a larger view:)

CE Prequisite Flowchart





The Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact for Civil Engineering; institutions participating in the Compact; and the entire Civil Engineering Tuning Packet, which outlines critical skill areas needed by students and graduates of Civil Engineering programs, can be viewed and downloaded here.

Institutions participating in the Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact means that these institutions have agreed to: a) teach courses at the lower-division level as listed in the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual, which is updated and published each year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and 2) accept the courses listed for transfer into the Civil Engineering program at the university level as specified in the Compact.

For further or more specific information regarding transfer to a Civil Engineering program at a Texas university, it is recommended that you contact the engineering department at the institution of interest.

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