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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

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Civil engineers use science and math to plan, design, build, operate and maintain infrastructure that helps people and the planet.

What do civil engineers do?

Civil engineers have direct and lasting impact on how we live on this planet and interact with the environment. Civil engineers do this by using a diverse set of engineering skills to work on infrastructure and environmental challenges fundamental to our existence including things like safe shelter, clean water, clean air, mobility, sustainability, equity and resilience.

What makes civil engineering special?

  • Big issues: Civil engineers work on society’s biggest issues: climate change, clean water, sanitation, smart cities, and sustainable/equitable/ resilient infrastructure. No matter where you are in civil engineering, you will be working on issues of global (and local) importance.
  • Big impact: Civil engineers have a big impact on everyday life. Society trusts civil engineers with its safety and health asking them to ensure we have clean drinking water, earthquake-resistant buildings, wastewater collection and treatment, sustainable use of the planet’s resources, and much more.
  • Big (and little) things: Civil engineers design and construct at a massive scale from floating bridges to light rail systems to 100-story buildings to the international space station. But, they also go small from biodigesters to water treatment membranes to micropiles. Pick your size.
  • A place for everyone: There are opportunities in civil engineering for all types of people. Take a variety of classes to see where your passion lies. Use your math and physics skills to design complex buildings and structures, be an environmentalist by using hydraulic design to restore river habitat, or use your people and organizational skills to build a bridge across Lake Washington. With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering you are qualified to work on something you love. No matter who you are.

More than 80%

of CEE students have had an internship by the time they graduate.

More than $400,000

is awarded each year by the CEE department in scholarships to its own students.

Annual Career Fair

connects students with over 80 employers.

Where do CEE alumni work?


    Air and space

    Jobs: Aircraft/spacecraft structural analysis
    Employers: Boeing, SpaceX, Department of Defense

    Computing, data and digital technologies

    Jobs: Mathematical modeling, transportation data and technology, smart cities, big data, remote sensing
    Employers: Amazon, Google, Uber, Zillow, Thornton Tomasetti

    Environment, sustainability and energy

    Jobs: Climate change/adaptation, renewable energy, water treatment, sustainable infrastructure
    Employers: Parametrix, Seattle Public Utilities, TRC Companies, UNICEF

    Health and medicine

    Jobs: Drinking water treatment, air pollution control, health facilities construction, active transportation
    Employers: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Aspect Consulting, Clark Construction

    Infrastructure, transportation and society

    Jobs: Project management, construction, structural design, earthquake engineering, transportation design, urban planning
    Employers: Jacobs, WSP, HDR, GeoEngineers, KPFF, Magnusson Klemencic, Kiewit, Stacy and Witbeck, Perteet, Sound Transit, Walsh Group, WSDOT

    Robotics and manufacturing

    Jobs: Construction materials, tunneling, 3D printing, demolition
    Employers: Lane Construction, Traylor Brothers, Kiewit, Clark Construction

What our graduates say

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