Students survey a plot of land for a civil engineering class

Civil Engineering (B.S.)

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET:

Civil engineering is the oldest existing engineering discipline. With increasing global population, the growing complexity of industries, and changing urban centers, the civil engineer's task—applying science to the control and utilization of the environment for the total benefit of mankind—represents a challenge unsurpassed in all of engineering.

Illinois Tech's civil engineering program provides breadth in core sub-disciplines (including structures, transportation, and construction management) and depth in at least one area of specialization (at the discretion of the student and academic advisor).

In professional courses, classroom lectures are supplemented by laboratory practice, including the study of materials, concrete, hydraulics, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, and surveying.

Our civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Overview

The civil engineering program will enable you to make far-reaching decisions that draw not only from technical knowledge, but also integrity and judgment. Experience a breadth in core sub-disciplines (including structures, transportation, and construction management) and an area of specialization.

The current educational objectives of the undergraduate program in civil engineering is embodied in the following statements: 

  • Graduates are prepared to enter the civil engineering profession.
  • Graduates will meet the expectations of their employers.
  • Graduates will become licensed professional engineers, and reach positions of leadership in a wide range of professional settings including consulting firms, industry, academia, or government. 
  • Graduates will begin and successfully complete graduate studies in engineering and/or post-baccalaureate education in a professional degree program. 

Career Opportunities

Our accredited civil engineering program will prepare you for such careers as:

  • Civil engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Structure engineer
  • Consulting engineer

Illinois Tech’s undergraduate civil engineering curriculum provides you with a strong foundation in the following sub-disciplines of structural engineering: transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and construction management. The program also provides professional specializations in the areas of structural, geotechnical, transportation, civil-environmental, and construction engineering.

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Admissions requirements ensure that incoming students are well-prepared and qualified to succeed in their chosen program. Prospective students must review each program of interest to determine whether they meet admissions requirements as outlined in the course bulletin.

Program Specializations

Featured Faculty

Matthew Gombeda
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Stephen Kleps
Senior Lecturer of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Zongzhi Li
Professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering Director of Transportation Engineering and Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Mehdi Modares
Associate Professor Director of Structural Engineering
Mark Snyder
Senior Lecturer of Civil and Architectural Engineering
Brent Stephens
Department Chair Professor of Architectural Engineering Director of Architectural Engineering Director of Environmental Engineering

Fast Facts: Why Civil Engineering?