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Civil Engineering (BS)
Civil Engineering
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Solving complex problems with a civil engineering degree

DePaul's B.S. in Civil Engineering program* will prepare you to enter a profession that focuses on meeting people’s needs, improving people’s safety and welfare, and transforming lives and communities.

Through project-based courses and lab work led by experts who are passionate about teaching – in an undergraduate-only engineering program – you'll be immersed in a welcoming and inclusive learning environment. You can pursue research opportunities that help solve problems in areas that have larger societal concerns. Design experiences will be structured throughout all four years of your coursework, which support hands-on learning with a focus on service and community engagement.

Here, your teachers and mentors are vested in your success. You'll develop leadership and professional skills that will prepare you for internships, jobs and graduate school. You'll benefit from a broad, liberal-arts based education that provides the social, economic, environmental and ethical perspectives needed to create effective solutions. As you develop your problem solving, analysis and design skills through technical courses, labs, and experiential learning, you'll also gain critical thinking and communication skills.

As you work toward your B.S. in Civil Engineering, your coursework will focus on technical skill development broadly across seven sub-disciplines, including:

  • construction
  • environmental
  • geotechnical
  • materials
  • structural
  • transportation
  • water resources

During course labs, you’ll get in-depth experiences in:

  • surveying
  • environmental engineering
  • fluid mechanics
  • geotechnical engineering
  • materials engineering
  • sensors and electrical systems

Our B.S. in Civil Engineering program provides you with unmatched collaborative learning opportunities, project-based design experiences and service-learning opportunities – all within the backdrop of Chicago’s urban setting. You'll be immersed in the study of infrastructure systems in one of the world’s largest cities, including water quality, foundations, transit, roads, structures, construction management and disaster preparedness.

*This new program starts fall 2023.



  • Construction Contracts
  • Design of Traffic Systems
  • Digital Mapping
  • Foundations of Engineering Design
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Technical Electronics
  • Transportation Planning
  • Water Supply Systems

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Civil engineer
  • Construction manager
  • Environmental engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Surveyor
  • Transportation planner

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