Give Back to Your Community with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering
Civil engineers design, build, and maintain many of the things we use every day, like roads, bridges, seaports, airports, railways, pipelines, and buildings. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy doing, Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree can help!
This program can help you pursue a rewarding career in engineering. You could go on to work for a private company, the military, or the government, among other employers. By studying civil engineering at Liberty University, you can learn how to design and construct public facilities that benefit your community.
Civil engineering is one of the oldest engineering professions, and it plays a vital role in our society. As a civil engineer, you could build roadways and bridges that facilitate transportation — or you could help ensure that a city receives clean water and energy. The field of civil engineering is broad and varied, so you can pursue jobs that match your goals and interests!
Partner with us and prepare to help your community grow, thrive, and flourish.
What is the average salary for civil engineers?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for civil engineers is $87,060 per year.* At Liberty, you can gain the knowledge, skills, and training needed to pursue a career in this lucrative field.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Civil Engineers (viewed online November 10, 2020). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering?
In our civil engineering program, you can prepare to work in the public or private sector. Upon graduation, you could pursue entry-level jobs in the United States, or you could help developing countries improve their infrastructure. Civil engineers work in many different sectors, including planning, construction, and consultancy.
As a civil engineer, you might help design and construct new facilities. Or perhaps you’ll repair aging infrastructure so that it continues to run smoothly. You could even become a forensic structural engineer and investigate why certain constructed facilities fail. With a degree in civil engineering, you can pursue many exciting career opportunities!
Why Choose Liberty’s Civil Engineering Degree Program?
At Liberty, we offer small engineering classes capped at 24 students, so you can get to know your professors and receive personalized training. You can also expand your network by joining one of our student-led clubs, such as the Civil Engineering Student Club, the Engineering Missions and Research Club, or the Technology and Engineering Club.
Liberty is one of the largest Christian universities in the world, and our beautiful campus covers more than 7,000 acres. By studying at our top-notch facilities, you’ll have access to many of the same tools and technologies used by industry professionals. Additionally, you’ll get to study under professors who have advanced degrees and real-world engineering experience.
Our School of Engineering works with students to help them find internships, semester-long jobs, and summer engineering jobs. Our engineering students have interned at prestigious companies like Boeing, Georgia Pacific, NASA, Disney, and the National Ground Intelligence Center for the U.S. Army. By completing an internship or part-time engineering job, you can gain marketable experience and apply your knowledge to the real world.
At Liberty, we don’t just offer an education. We train civil engineers who want to serve as Champions for Christ in their careers. Throughout this program, you’ll learn how to display professional ethics and live out biblical principles in the workplace. That way, you can stand out as a leader of integrity.
What Will You Learn in Liberty University’s Civil Engineering Classes?
Whether you’re looking to launch your career or prepare for graduate school, our civil engineering major can help. In this program, you’ll learn how to plan, design, build, and maintain facilities that form the backbone of the world’s economy — from highways and airports to sewage systems and dams.
Some of the topics you’ll explore include statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, engineering design, surveying, computer-aided design, and structural analysis. You’ll receive a general introduction to engineering, as well as specialized training in civil engineering. Within the lab courses, you will analyze the strength of various civil engineering materials and explore wastewater treatment.
Civil engineers need to navigate financial costs, environmental concerns, and government regulations, among other issues. In this program, you’ll learn how to handle these challenges and develop durable facilities that can withstand the test of time. Our civil engineering courses provide an in-depth look at structural, geotechnical, transportation, and construction engineering. That way, you can develop a broad base of knowledge and pursue many types of civil engineering jobs.
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information about what you’ll study in our civil engineer training program!
ENGV 225 – Surveying
This course covers:
- An introduction to surveying, with emphasis on the identification and minimization of errors found in surveying work
- Methods for determining the relative positions of points above, on, or beneath the Earth’s surface
- Techniques for measuring distances, areas, angles, curves, and volumes for construction projects
- ENGV 365 – Hydraulic Engineering
Some of the topics you’ll study include:
- An introduction to hydraulics and hydrology
- Basic concepts in water pressure, pipe flow, pipe networks, pumps, open channel flow, groundwater flow, and hydraulic structures
- ENGV 380 – Project and Construction Management
In this course, you’ll learn about:
- An overview of the construction industry, with an emphasis on project management techniques
- Topics in project delivery, scheduling, construction estimating, contract documents, productivity, safety, materials, construction methods, and equipment selection
ENGV 410 – Transportation Engineering
Topics of study include:
- Intersection design and control
- Pavement design and geometric design of streets and highways
- Traffic flow, safety, and capacity
Highlights of Our Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
- Apply your knowledge to the real world by completing hands-on labs and experiments.
- Study under qualified faculty with years of experience in academia and the professional world.
- Receive opportunities for education, training, and research in a Christ-centered environment.
- Gain practical experience by pursuing internships at private companies and government agencies.
- Observe and assist with research in our state-of-the-art facilities, including our Center for Engineering Research and Education (CERE) and our Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER).
- Earn a degree that is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Undergraduate Civil Engineering Degree Information
- 136 total credit hours
- Transfer in up to 75% of your total degree
- The civil engineering residential program falls under Liberty’s School of Engineering.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for this bachelor’s degree in engineering.
- View our course catalog for more information.
Career Opportunities for Graduates with a Civil Engineering Bachelor’s Degree
You can pursue a variety of jobs with a civil engineering degree. Some of the roles you may qualify for after completing this program include:
- Construction manager
- Design engineer
- Environmental engineer
- Geotechnical engineer
- Project manager
- Transportation engineer
- Urban planner
Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering Program
Every application is reviewed by the admissions 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 (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 applicants)
- Admission essay
*Additional documentation may be requested by the admissions committee after your application has been received.