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Degrees/Tracks

The objective of K-State's civil engineering undergraduate program is to prepare students for professional careers in civil engineering. Our major goal is to provide CE students with the best possible education in civil engineering. Further goals are to instill in students a sensitivity to the social and humanistic implications of technology, and to motivate them to contribute for the betterment of society through their chosen profession.

Curriculum Guide

The Curriculum Guide (pdf) presents a quick overview of the CE curriculum and tracks.

The Undergraduate Student Handbook (pdf) includes information about courses, graduation requirements, etc.  The online Course Catalog provides short descriptions of civil engineering and other courses offered at K-State.

Tracks

There are many choices that you can make as you enroll in our undergraduate civil engineering program. Among these is a choice of a concentration within Civil Engineering. Our undergraduate program offers four tracks:

General Track
This is our most popular track. It allows you to pursue a B.S. degree in civil engineering through broad exposure to all aspects of our profession. These aspects include:

  • Environmental engineering deals with the planning, design and management of facilities and systems that protect public health and environmental quality. This includes the production and distribution of potable water, treatment and disposal of municipal and industrial wastewater, management of solid and hazardous wastes, remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, and air pollution control.
  • Geotechnical engineering encompasses design and construction of foundations for structures, bridges, earth embankments, retaining walls and bulkheads, pavements for highways and airports, and waste containment structures.
  • Structural engineering deals with the design, construction and rehabilitation of a wide variety of buildings and bridges using concrete, steel and other composite materials.
  • Transportation/Materials engineering focuses on the planning, design, materials, construction and operation of roadways, highways, railways, airports and urban mass transit systems.
  • Water resources engineering encompasses design, construction, and management of structures and systems for flood control, and to provide water for drinking and household uses, irrigation, power production, recreation, and wildlife.

Construction Engineering Track
This track prepares you specifically for employment in the construction industry, such as with general or specialty contractors, construction divisions of major industrial concerns, or governmental agencies. Other employment areas might include financial lenders, equipment manufacturers or material producers.

Environmental Engineering Track
In this track, you are prepared for employment in the environmental field, specifically water and wastewater utilities, regional and federal regulatory agencies, consulting firms, and pollution control industries. If you are enrolled in this track, you can also obtain a secondary major in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with as little as three hours of extra coursework.

Structural Engineering Track - In this track you are prepared for a career in structural engineering, consulting, government or industry. Track courses focus on the analysis and design of structures made of concrete, steel and similar materials.

Transportation/Materials Engineering Track - This track allows you to obtain a B.S. in civil engineering while preparing more specifically for employment in the transportation industry.