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About the Civil Engineering Degree

Why Study Civil Engineering at Cedarville?

Are you ready to make a difference as a civil engineer? Cedarville University's Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) program will equip you for a successful career in one of the many in-demand civil engineering fields.

The innovative curricula take advantage of up-to-date facilities, experienced faculty, and vast scientific and engineering resources. Whether setting the foundation through lectures, or putting engineering to practice in design projects or laboratory exercises, we will provide you with an excellent education founded on biblical principles.

But more than just preparing you for a career, Cedarville’s Christian civil engineering faculty model their calling from God to help prepare you to use your vocation as ministry for Jesus Christ. Due to its newness, the BSCE program is not currently accredited by ABET. Accreditation will be sought at the earliest opportunity permitted by ABET once the first civil engineering degrees are awarded at the end of Spring 2022.

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Program Overview

Program Highlights

Career Preparation — To ensure you are properly prepared to engage across the broad range of opportunities in civil engineering, you will undertake courses to develop knowledge and skills across a variety of civil engineering topics including:

  • Construction Engineering and Project Management
  • Materials Testing and Design
  • Environmental Engineering, Water Treatment, and Air Pollution Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Analysis and Design with Steel, Concrete, and Wood
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Distribution and Hydrology

During your junior and senior years, you will develop specialized technical skills in a specific subdiscipline of civil engineering through your selection of one of five civil engineering concentrations:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Civil Engineering
  • International Infrastructure Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Accreditation — Our B.S.C.E. curriculum was developed to meet ABET accreditation requirements for the civil engineering degree program. This is the same professional accreditation you will find at Big 10 and large research universities. (View our Student Outcomes, which meet ABET accreditation standards.)

Labs and Projects — Our program has been specifically designed to incorporate lab and project experiences across the curriculum. From building a 30-ft. wooden bridge as a freshman, designing and testing your own concrete mix, or configuring a functional water purification system, our whole program is designed to have you in the lab applying the concepts and theories you’re learning in class. As you do this, you will also be developing practical skills and experience to give you the competitive edge when you graduate. In Fall 2020, the new Cedarville University Civil Engineering Center (CEC) was opened. This 22,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility has been specifically designed around our hands-on approach to civil engineering.

Mentoring Faculty — Not only will your professors teach your classes, but they will also mentor and guide you as you progress through our program and out into the profession. Our professors are all committed Christians, who see their role as a calling from God, and recognize that great education extends beyond the classroom into all spheres of life. Our faculty and support staff are well-equipped to lead you through the deepest technical aspects of civil engineering, work alongside you on designs and projects, and provide you with sound spiritual, academic, and professional advising.

Real-world Experience — Through laboratory experiences, design competitions, and internships, you will gain valuable real-world experience as you pursue your engineering degree.

Civil Engineering Center

The Civil Engineering Center, opened in August 2020, houses classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices for Cedarville's civil engineering major.

Introducing Civil Engineering

Dr. Robert Chasnov, dean of the school of engineering and computer science, talks about the latest addition to Cedarville's outstanding engineering programs.

What Can I Do With a Civil Engineering Degree?

A B.S.C.E. degree can lead you to a variety of career opportunities. Civil engineering is one of the most in-demand engineering disciplines. Civil engineering jobs have a projected growth of 8% through 2024 (compared to a 3% projected growth for all engineering jobs).

As our society continues to grow and develop, demand for civil engineers continues to be strong. It’s not only about creating new public infrastructure. Growing national challenges with deteriorating roads, bridges, dams, pipelines and other infrastructure means that the need for civil engineers is continuing to increase. A growing civil engineering workforce is essential to ensure our nation’s continued economic growth, safety and security.

If you are interested in venturing out to work internationally, civil engineering can offer you a world of opportunity. Civil engineers address a host of fundamental human needs and provide the foundational infrastructure upon which societies develop. Across the world, there are growing opportunities for skilled civil engineers who can help provide solutions for communities facing serious challenges with water supplies, sewage treatment, and basic shelter. As a civil engineer, you can literally save lives and transform societies.

Placement Success

We're proud of our successful graduates. A three-year average of 97.9% of Cedarville graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

As you’re pursuing a civil engineering degree at Cedarville, your education will be complemented by co-curricular opportunities.

Internships — Our students have found that there’s no substitution for real-world experience. A summer internship will see you employed with a civil engineering firm, doing real work in civil engineering and getting paid for it! Our civil engineering students have already completed internships at a range of civil engineering, structural engineering, construction management, surveying, and ministry organizations across Ohio and the U.S.

Co-op Program — When participating in the co-op program, you will begin earning a salary while still in college, gain professional experience, make great networking connections, and more. View our co-op handbook.

Student Organizations — You will be encouraged to become an active member of one or more of our national and international professional societies. They organize meetings, promote tours of industry, travel to regional conferences, and rub elbows with professionals at senior section meetings.

  • Cedarville University Society of Civil Engineers (CUSCE) – This society is intended to develop into a student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. This society involves monthly meetings where civil engineering students and faculty share dinner and hear a presentation from a practicing civil engineering professional.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) – Society for Women Engineers is an organization that stimulates women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders.
  • The Society of Engineers Aiding Missions (SEAM) – SEAM’s mission is to educate, equip, and engage engineers in the cause of world missions.
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society – Tau Beta Alpha is a Cedarville University Engineering Honor Society, which recognizes junior and senior engineering majors for outstanding scholastic achievement combined with a strong Christian character.

Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take a series of courses from the sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields. In addition to getting a broad education across several major disciplines of civil engineering, you will choose one specialty area as your concentration: environmental engineering, general civil engineering, international infrastructure engineering, structural engineering, or water resources engineering.

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

Program Level and Format

  • Undergraduate
  • Residential
  • 4-Year
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Program Faculty

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Stephen Ayers, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Professor of Civil Engineering

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Mackenzie Booth

Instructor of Civil Engineering

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David Dittenber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

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