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Undergraduate Program

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 other kinds 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.

How Much Could I Earn?

Civil engineers typically earn between $60,550 and $133,320 annually, with an average salary of $88,050a. The typical median entry-level salary is $67,000b.

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.

Undergraduate Curriculum


Department Chair
Dr. L. Sebastian Bryson
(859) 257-3247

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Scott Yost
(859) 257-4816

The undergraduate program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

a Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Civil Engineers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/civil-engineers.htm (visited July 05, 2023).
b 2022 ASCE Civil Engineering Salary Report.