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Civil Engineering

What is it?

Civil engineering is the broadest of the engineering professions, serving as the stem from which most other branches of engineering have developed. Civil engineers plan, design, construct, maintain and operate facilities and systems that control and improve the environment for modern civilizations. This includes projects of major importance such as bridges, transportation systems, buildings, ports and water distribution systems.

What will I study?

The B.S. in civil engineering program provides a stable foundation for students to pursue a career in fields such as construction, geotechnology, structural engineering, transportation and fluids research. Through course work, students learn to develop new and improved materials for use in pavements, bridges and buildings; understand various contracting strategies; and communicate effectively with the parties involved in civil engineering projects.

Where is my future with a degree in civil engineering?

Clemson engineers are prepared to work immediately upon graduation in most areas of the profession. These include traffic and transportation engineering, structural engineering, construction engineering, soils and foundation engineering, coastal and water resources engineering, public works and much more.

What type of research will I do?

The faculty of the civil engineering department conducts research in areas that support the University’s academic emphasis areas in sustainable environment, automotive and transportation technology, and advanced materials. The major areas of study include applied fluid mechanics, construction engineering and management, construction materials, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering and transportation systems. Additional information about the various studies can be found by visiting our Web site.

Where can I find out more about Clemson’s civil engineering program?

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The Numbers

357 Undergraduates

21% Women
16% Minority
69% In-State

60 Masters Students

60 Doctoral Students

28 Full Time Faculty