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Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)

College: College of Engineering & Computer Science

Department: Civil Engineering

What is Civil Engineering?

The Civil Engineering Programs at Arkansas State University are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.  Civil engineering is the application of math, science, and engineering fundamentals for the benefit of society and the supporting infrastructure systems. 

Civil engineers are involved in the following areas:
  • Environmental Engineering (pollution control including the design of water and waste water facilities)
  • Water Resources (study of the flow of water over land, under ground and storage)
  • Transportation Engineering (design of highways and studies of traffic flow)
  • Structural Engineering (design of building, bridges and other related structures)
  • Geotechnical Engineering (study of soil behaviors, land slides and other topics)

Civil Engineering at A-State

The civil engineering program of ASU offers courses in all areas of civil engineering with a strong general education component. The faculty is involved in research, solving engineering problems in the community, consulting work. These experiences are brought into the classroom so students receive a well-rounded educational experience. This includes learning the engineering theory as well as the practical application of the theory to real world problems.

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives for the civil engineering program, which pertain to program graduates 3 to 5 years after completing the program, are:

  • Graduates have successfully advanced in civil engineering practice as evidenced by their achievements and contributions to their employers and the greater engineering community.
  • Graduates have pursued graduate degrees or completed professional development activities in continuing to advance their knowledge base in civil engineering or related professional fields.
  • Graduates are actively working to improve their community and society in general by utilizing and sharing their engineering expertise.

Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes for each of the undergraduate engineering programs are:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  4. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  5. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  6. An ability to communicate effectively;
  7. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  8. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
  9. A knowledge of contemporary issues;
  10. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; and
  11. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.


If you wish to learn more about our Civil Engineering program at A-State, we encourage you to setup a campus visit. Do not hesitate to contact Jason Stewart at jstewart@AState.edu or by phone at 870-972-2088 if you have any questions or to arrange a visit.

American Society of Civil Engineers

The Civil Engineering program has an active student chapter associated with both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).  The chapter is involved in regional and national concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions, social activities, and working with local and regional employers. The students’ design, fabrication, and construction expertise have resulted in the steel bridge team going to the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in 14 of the past 20 years to compete with the top teams from across the United States.  The steel bridge team finished as high as 14th in the nation in 2004.  The team placed first overall in the regional conference in 5 of the past 7 years including a first place finish in 2019.