Build a Brighter Future with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering
A civil engineer designs, builds, and maintains many of the things we use every day, like roads, bridges, seaports, airports and many other things. If helping to build and maintain the fabric of modern society sounds like something you’d like to do, then Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering can help you launch a rewarding career in engineering.
Civil engineering was listed as one of the top five jobs for millennials looking to earn six figures.* It is also projected to experience the largest growth of any of the engineering professions between 2018–2028.**
As one of the oldest engineering professions, civil engineering is considered a parent of all other branches of engineering. The broad scope of what a civil engineer can do makes this a very flexible engineering degree. Whether you are ensuring clean water and energy for a city or helping to build and maintain the roadways and bridges that lead to that city, you can be confident that the skills you gain at Liberty University will carry you far. You will graduate with a degree that give you opportunities to pursue marketable and fulfilling jobs that allow you to see the fruits of your labor benefit society.
Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering Degree?
Our civil engineering bachelor’s degree provides the broad-based civil engineering background you need to perform as an entry-level engineer in industry, the military, government, or other fields. At Liberty, you have the benefit of small engineering classes capped at 24 students where you can get to know your professors personally and be part of one of the largest Christian universities in the world on a beautiful campus that covers more than 7,000 acres.
Civil engineers must consider costs, environmental hazards, government regulations, the ability to withstand natural disasters, and the durability of the infrastructure. You will take 28 engineering courses covering these and other topics (with an emphasis on structural, geotechnical, transportation, and construction engineering) to prepare you for a successful career in civil engineering.
In addition to the hands-on training in the classroom you’ll receive, we have a number of companies that provide internship opportunities so that you can gain real-world skills alongside professionals who are already in the field. Internships give you the ability to make practical use of your skills and put your knowledge to the test in real problem-solving situations. Our engineering students have interned at companies such as Boeing, Georgia Pacific, NASA, Disney, and the National Ground Intelligence Center for the U.S. Army. You will have the opportunity to serve God as well as gain professional experience putting your engineering talents to work.
What Will You Learn in Our Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree?
Our civil engineering degree offers a broad scope of foundational knowledge that can prepare you for a career in the engineering field or for graduate studies in the disciplines of civil engineering or other professional degrees. Depending on your interest, you can learn about construction management, which will teach you about different building materials, the time it takes to complete a project, labor cost, and quality management involved in construction projects.
Another area in which you might be involved as a civil engineer is transportation and planning. Throughout this degree, you will learn how to plan, design, build, and maintain facilities that are the backbone of the world’s economy. These might include highways, railroad systems, mass transit, and airports. As a civil engineering graduate from Liberty University, you can be assured that you will be prepared for an exciting future in the building of your community.
Download and review our Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree Completion Plan.
ENGV 225 – Surveying
Use surveying techniques to measure areas, volumes, curves in roads, and plots for construction projects
- ENGV 365 – Hydraulic Engineering
Learn to analyze flows in rivers, pumps, underground aquifers, over dams, and through culverts, and forecast flows based on rainfall data
- ENGV 380 – Project & Construction Management
Study project management, contracts, bids, safety, costs and materials
ENGV 410 – Transportation Engineering
Study and model traffic flows, intersections, and highways, and select the most appropriate pavements
Highlights of Our Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering Degree Program
- Many classes are associated with a lab. This gives you an opportunity for practical application and better assimilation of the lessons.
- You will have access to the latest technology and a qualified faculty that seek to know you personally and to provide you with opportunities for education, research, and training in a Christ-centered environment.
- You may have the opportunity to intern at a variety of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. This will not only offer you hands-on experience, but many internships are paid, allowing you to offset living costs.
- If you are looking for a similar program please consider our Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
- Liberty University’s Center for Engineering Research & Education (CERE), located in nearby Bedford County, Virginia, promotes research and development of all forms of energy generation, storage, transmission, and through the Center for Advanced Engineering & Research, which is part of the CERE, engineering students at Liberty have the opportunity to observe and assist with research in the state-of-the-art facility.
B.S. in Civil Engineering Degree Information
- 136 total credit hours
- This program falls under the School of Engineering
- You may Transfer in up to 75% of your total degree.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan
- For more information, you can view the course catalog
The student will gain:
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
Program Educational Objectives
Our goal is that our civil engineering graduates are able to do the following within a few years of graduating:
- Be recognized as creative thinkers and emerging leaders in engineering, exhibiting an aptitude for continuous improvement
- Display professional ethics and behavior consistent with foundational Christian principles
- Be an invested, contributing, core team member with a focus on customers and a sense for business and innovation
- Be an effective communicator for interfacing with diverse audiences
- Conduct appropriate checks to produce quality engineering work within acceptable tolerances
Career Opportunities for Civil Engineering Graduates
- Construction Manager
- Geotechnical Engineer
- Environmental Engineer
- Transportation Engineer
- Project Manager
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.