A group of civil engineering students tour construction site at Allianz Field stadium.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering at St. Thomas will teach you the skills to design and update our country’s infrastructure, including roads, railways, dams, bridges, stadiums, airports, electrical grids and water systems.

Why Study Civil Engineering at St. Thomas?

St. Thomas School of Engineering is consistently ranked in the top 50 undergraduate engineering schools by the US News and World Report. In our hands-on program you’ll practice surveying, draft plans, visit construction job sites, try your hand at crushing concrete, and work with public entities to solve today’s sustainability infrastructure challenges. Right from the beginning of our comprehensive civil engineering degree program, Surveying, and Computer Assisted Design (CAD) courses will lay the foundation for your career. Attaining these skills will give you an advantage when applying for internships. Our program also provides you with the opportunity to learn from professors who have practical experience. They’ll help you see the big picture of infrastructure design, management and operations. Finally, in our Senior Design Clinic, you’ll work with a team of engineering students to solve a design challenge provided by one of our consulting companies and/or public agency partners.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Senior Design Clinic
  • Students earning a BS in Civil Engineering degree will complete the University of St. Thomas Core Curriculum requirements and Civil Engineering major requirements and allied requirements.

    Civil Engineering Plans of Study

     

    Your faculty adviser will personalize a four-year plan with you based on your goals. This is one snapshot of how the plan of study for this major can look. Plans of study exist for students who wish to study abroad, double major or for ROTC.
    • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET)
    Students earning the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering are collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Nimuué Glacial Minnesota Woman Organization to design a site and educational monument that will be installed where the skeletal remains of Nimuué were discovered. Nimuué is believed to have lived 20,000 years ago and may represent the oldest archeological discovery in North America. 100 percent of engineering students design and solve and engineering problems for industry as a part of the Senior Design Clinic.

    Course Requirements

    Students earning a BS in Civil Engineering degree will complete the University of St. Thomas Core Curriculum requirements and Civil Engineering major requirements and allied requirements.

    Civil Engineering Plans of Study

     

    Four-Year Plan

    Your faculty adviser will personalize a four-year plan with you based on your goals. This is one snapshot of how the plan of study for this major can look. Plans of study exist for students who wish to study abroad, double major or for ROTC.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET)

    Senior Design Clinic

    Students earning the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering are collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Nimuué Glacial Minnesota Woman Organization to design a site and educational monument that will be installed where the skeletal remains of Nimuué were discovered. Nimuué is believed to have lived 20,000 years ago and may represent the oldest archeological discovery in North America. 100 percent of engineering students design and solve and engineering problems for industry as a part of the Senior Design Clinic.
    An engineer overlooks a railway station that is under construction.

    Career Paths

    • City or County engineer
    • Water resources engineer
    • Construction engineer
    • Transportation engineer
    • Geotechnical engineer
    • Environmental engineer
    • Structural engineer
    • Materials engineer

    Affordability and Outcomes

    Scholarships at St. Thomas

    97% of first-year students receive merit scholarships that bring the average tuition cost down to $21,000 per year.

    Scholarships for Engineering Students

    Several competitive scholarships are available for first-year students planning to major in engineering, science and mathematics. There are also undergraduate scholarships available for returning engineering students each academic year.

    $86K

    is the median annual pay for civil engineers in 2018.

    Quick Facts

    100%
    of senior Civil Engineering students graduate with a job or enter graduate school
    100%
    of senior civil engineering students graduate with a technical internship
    100%
    of engineering students solve an engineering problem or design plans and specifications for industry as a part of the Senior Design Clinic

    The St. Thomas Experience

     Engineering students work on their senior design projects.

    It takes more than theory to transform an idea into useful technology for our society. St. Thomas engineers emerge with practical, hands-on experience, the power of strong communication skills and the broad perspective of a liberal arts education. Our rigorous engineering programs are designed to transform the young creative minds of our students into engineers who can truly make a difference in the world.

    Dr. Don Weinkauf, dean of the School of Engineering