Civil engineers design, construct, and maintain society’s infrastructure: bridges, dams and levees, harbors, waterways and irrigation facilities; water supply systems; contaminant flows, waste treatment facilities, and air and geoenvironmental remediation; airports, highways, railroads, and intelligent transportation systems; pipelines; and power lines. Purdue’s curriculum accommodates civil engineering’s breadth by requiring a fundamental set of courses and offering you the flexibility to concentrate portions of your study in areas of special interest to you. The program prepares you to enter into the professional practice of civil engineering and provides you a solid base for graduate study and research in your area of professional interest.
Points of Pride:
- Consistently ranked among the top programs nationally
- Outstanding heritage: beginning in 1887, producing many successful alumni providing leadership to the profession over the years
- Among the largest civil engineering programs in the country, currently serving more than 550 undergraduate students and over 420 graduate students with more than 11,000 living alumni
- Flexible curriculum allowing students to specialize in a major interest area or acquire a broad general background
- Lab-intensive curriculum providing hands-on experience; excellent, well-equipped teaching and research labs
- 60 outstanding faculty; students mentored by faculty advisors
- Cooperative education program providing career-related work experience to qualified students. Those not involved in the co-op program are encouraged to pursue internship experience. Internal placement program facilitates student interaction with companies.
- Additional enrichment opportunities exist for students who wish to enhance their educational experience beyond conventional methods such as honors, study abroad, and undergraduate research participation.