Life as a civil engineering student
As a student in our program, you will choose courses from eight technical areas. The curriculum offers further flexibility by allowing two technical design electives, a structure elective, a supportive elective and a technical elective.
Because civil engineers work with the general public to a much greater degree than many other type of engineers, our program emphasizes internships and real-world experience. The civil engineering curriculum at UK builds communication abilities and seeks to graduate civil engineers who can effectively explain key concepts to the general public and take leadership roles in their communities.
What do civil engineers do?
From the water in your faucets, to the roads and bridges that you use for transportation, to electric distribution systems that power your home, civil engineers help make modern life possible. What’s more, thanks to the development of technologies like clean water treatment plants, civil engineers help improve the quality of life around the world. From tunnels under the Earth’s surface to skyscrapers standing far above it, civil engineers plan, design, construct, operate, maintain and rehabilitate the infrastructure of the world.
How much do they earn?
Civil engineers typically earn between $48,140 and $115,630 annually, with an average salary of $74,600.
Where you can work
Civil engineers are employed by the construction industry, engineering or architectural firms, utility companies, energy companies, telecommunications businesses, manufacturing companies, consulting firms, railroads and state and federal governmental agencies.
The Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700.