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About Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is the design, construction, and maintenance of public works, including roads, bridges, harbors, etc. At Oregon State University our programs in civil engineering prepare students to become working professional civil engineering and academic researchers who study civil engineering problems.

Our civil engineering undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree where students receive general instruction in all disciplines, with the option for additional elective courses in desired areas. While our graduate program offers many areas of specialization for research focus: construction engineering management, geomatics engineering, geotechnical engineering, innovative materials, ocean and coastal engineering, structural engineering, surveying, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering.

All undergraduate students upon graduation are eligible to take the National Fundamentals of Engineering, F.E., examination and students with an additional 16 quarter hours of surveying/geomatics courses can take in Oregon the Fundamentals of Surveying, F.S., examination. These examinations are the first step to becoming a licensed Professional Engineer or Professional Surveyor.

The BS degree in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the art education to prepare students for professional and responsible engineering positions with business, industry, consulting firms or government. The BS degree culminates with a two term capstone design course, where students work in groups to design a real-world civil engineering project. All projects are industry sponsored and a panel of practicing engineers (Capstone Industry Review Panel) reviews the projects at the end of both terms and provides input to continuously improve the course.

Among the many unique opportunities open to OSU Civil Engineering students is the Civil Engineering Cooperative Program (CECOP). The program offers students a high quality, paid industrial experience and related academic activities while pursuing a degree at OSU. Students in the CE program are also eligible to seek registration as a Professional Engineer or a Professional Land Surveying license.

A more detailed explanation of the BSCE program is contained in the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Advising Guide.