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Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

About the Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) Degree

Are you ready to make a difference as a civil engineer? Cedarville University's innovative 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 competitions 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.

Why Study Civil Engineering at Cedarville?

Civil Engineering Program Highlights

Broad preparationYou will choose four of the seven concentrations below plus surveying, giving you broad knowledge of civil engineering principles:

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Construction Materials Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

In-depth focus — You will choose two of the seven concentrations as your specialization.

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.)

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

Mentoring faculty — At Cedarville you will be taught by Christian professors with doctoral degrees and P.E. licenses who care not just about your professional success, but also your spiritual and character development. They advise students throughout their time at Cedarville, teach all of their classes including laboratories, spend time with them after hours, and invite students into their homes.

State-of-the-art facilities — The anticipated Civil Engineering Laboratory will be the perfect location to complete various design projects and class assignments.

What Can I Do With a Christian Civil Engineering Degree?

A B.S.C.E. degree can lead you to a variety of career opportunities. Civil engineering jobs have a projected growth of 8 percent through 2024 (compared to a 3 percent projected growth for all engineering jobs).

You will be able to pursue careers designing, building, and maintaining construction projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, community infrastructure, transportation systems, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

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.

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.

Internships — Our students have found that there’s no substitution for real-world experience. Our engineering graduates have completed internships at Cummins, Innotec, GenTex, Honda, and Turbocam, among others.

Competitions — Cedarville engineering students participate in many design competitions sponsored by national and international organizations such as SAE International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Check out our teams and compare their results to those of your favorite school — you’ll be impressed!

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.

  • 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’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.
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Civil Engineering Center

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

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Get to Know the School

Get to know the School of Engineering and Computer Science through our yearly newsletter. You’ll learn about our award-winning competition teams, engineering missions opportunities, and more.

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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.

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.

The winning team for the 2020 Cardboard Canoe Race

Paddle, Float, but Don't Sink! Cardboard Canoes Hit the Water

Freshmen engineering students and students from various academic departments at Cedarville University floated, paddled, and otherwise made their way across Cedar Lake on October 1 as part of the 28th annual cardboard canoe boat race.
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Bridging Disciplines: It's a Work of Art

Cedarville University artists will display their civil engineering-inspired works of art in the Civil Engineering Center throughout the 2021-22 school year.
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It’s a New Day for Civil Engineering Center

Cedarville University’s new Civil Engineering Center, which opened at the start of the current academic year, will be dedicated on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

"Shark" Supermileage Car Named Grand Champion

Cedarville University’s newest energy-efficient vehicle, Karcharias, took home gold in the virtual 2020 SAE Supermileage competition.

Program Faculty

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Stephen Ayers, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Professor of Civil Engineering

  • Location CEC 206
  • Phone 937-766-7598
  • Email Email

Civil Engineering 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. You will choose courses from four of the seven civil engineering concentration areas plus surveying to gain broad perspective, and then choose two of the seven as your specialty.


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