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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, obtained professional licensure, and/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 identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. 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;
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. 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;
  5. 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;
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


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.

Student CE Chapter

The Civil Engineering program has an active student chapter associated with the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction. The chapter is involved in regional and national concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions, social activities, Adopt-A-Highway, and working with local firms. The combined classroom experiences and close work with faculty and local practicing civil engineers have resulted in the steel bridge team progressing through their regional competition to compete in the AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition in 13 of the past 20 years. Their highest overall national finish position was 14th in 2004, and the team earned a first place award in Aesthetics at the 2019 competition!

Student competitions were all cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and limited participation was available in 2021.  Normal participation is anticipated again in 2022.