Texas civil engineering students lifting a ramp

In civil engineering, students gain a strong foundation in scientific and engineering principles and use those principles in all aspects of civil engineering — from structural and transportation design to resource mitigation and development. Students conduct research, participate in internships and engage in community-oriented activities to apply their skills in real-world scenarios, particularly in areas for which they have the strongest interest. Graduates may work in the private sector at consulting or construction firms or for state or local governments.

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What do civil engineers do?

Stand on any street corner and you will see the work of civil engineers. From the buildings to the roads to the systems underground, civil engineers make the natural and built environments work together to improve human lives. Civil engineering is a versatile profession that involves elements of structural design, geotechnical analysis, transportation systems, materials science, construction practices, environmental solutions and more.