Plan, design, build and manage projects.

Civil engineering includes the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including public works such as roads, bridges, canals, dams, airports, sewerage systems, pipelines, structural components of buildings and railways.

Civil engineers are trusted by society to provide solutions that are sustainable, resilient and enhance the quality of life. They are stewards of the environment and natural resources, are innovative users of technology, manage risk and uncertainty and are leaders in discussions and decisions in shaping public, environmental and infrastructure policies. Civil Engineers future work will include adapting the built environment and infrastructure to new civil engineering materials, autonomous vehicles, green infrastructure and technologies.

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCIE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


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Bachelor of Science in -

Civil Engineering

The St. Louis Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program combines strengths of two universities to provide a flexible engineering program for the St. Louis Community.

  • First two years at UMSL for pre-engineering and general education courses.
  • Transition to the Wash U campus to complete upper-level engineering courses.
  • Professors are industry professionals with graduate degrees and tenured WUSTL faculty.
  • Students may attend part time or full time, which allows them to take advantage of internships and co-op positions.
  • The Engineering Program matches quality with affordability. The cost for engineering courses is the UMSL tuition plus a fee.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will have the ability to:

  1. identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and
  7. use engineering judgment to draw conclusions and acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow up to 2% to 2029, with a median annual salary of $88,050, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

  • Construction Operations and Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Transportation and Urban Planning
  • Water Resources and Environmental Engineering


Education Objectives

Our program aspires to make positive, substantive and lasting contributions to the lives of our students. The traditional and nontraditional students in the civil engineering program often have prior experience in industry or the military, and have the opportunity for experiential learning through internships. The program seeks to impart an education that inspires the graduates to constantly share their knowledge with others, to continually improve their knowledge and understanding, and to persistently adapt to change in technology and world needs. Graduates of the program are expected to develop and use professional skills that facilitate their continued career growth well beyond their graduation. Graduates should be able to apply their comprehensive education with the highest ethical standards within the engineering profession or a related field.

The objectives are to:

  • Meet the needs of employers of civil engineers, with an emphasis on the St. Louis region.

  • Meet the expectations of graduate schools that our alumni attend.

Plan of study

A program of 132 semester hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Majors must complete the University General Education and Graduation requirements, the Pre-Engineering Requirements, the Core Engineering Requirements, and Major Requirements.

A minimum grade of C- is necessary to meet the prerequisite requirement for any course.

General Education Requirements

The following courses fulfill general education and graduation requirements and are required of Civil Engineering majors:

PHIL 2259 Engineering Ethics 3
PHIL 3380 Philosophy of Science 3
HIST 1001
 OR HIST 1002
American Civilization 1865 to Present (MOTR HIST 102) 3
Three Additional Science Courses 1 9

Total Hours


1 One Social Science course must satisfy the Cultural Diversity Requirement. Humanities and social sciences electives must meet both the University of Missouri—St. Louis General Education Requirements and the Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements of the Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program. Check with your advisor for details.

Pre-Engineering Requirements

Students seeking to major in engineering are first designated as ‘Undeclared with an interest in Engineering majors’ until they have completed Math 1800 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I. Upon successful completion of Math 1800 with a grade of C or better, students will be allowed to declare pre-engineering as their major. Math 1800 must be completed successfully within two attempts.

MATH 1800 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
MATH 1900 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5
MATH 2000 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III 5
MATH 2020 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
CHEM 1111 Introductory Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L) 5
GEOL 1001 General Geology 3
PHYSICS 2111 Physics: Mechanics and Heat 4
PHYSICS 2111L Mechanics and Heat Laboratory 1
PHYSICS 2112 Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics 4
PHYSICS 2112L Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics Laboratory 1
ENGR 2310 Statics 3
ENGR 2320 Dynamics 3
ENGL 1100 First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200) 3

Total Hours


Engineering Core Requirements

CMP SCI 1250 Introduction to Computing 3
J E COMM 2000 Engineering Studio I 1
ENGL 3130 Technical Writing 3

Total Hours


 Civil Engineering Major Requirements

J C ENGR 2160 Surveying 3
J C ENGR 1430 Introduction to Engineering Design: CAD & GIS 2
J C ENGR 3210 Computer Methods of Engineering Analysis 2
J C ENGR 3410 Structural Analysis 3
J C ENGR 3420 Structural Design 3
J C ENGR 3360 Civil Engineering Materials Lab 1
J C ENGR 3430 Civil Engineering Design CAD & GIS 2
J C ENGR 3460 Transportation Engineering 3
J C ENGR 3760 Hydraulic Engineering 3
J C ENGR 4190 Soil Mechanics  3
J C ENGR 4200  Soil Exploration and Testing 1
J C ENGR 4600 Highway and Traffic Engineering 3
J C ENGR 4640 Foundation Engineering 3
J C ENGR 4670 Structural Design Projects 3
   or J C ENGR 4910
Hydrology and Hydraulic Design Project
J C ENGR 4730 Construction Operations and Management 3
J C ENGR 4740 Economic Decisions in Engineering 3
J C ENGR 4950 Fundamentals of Civil Engineering Review 1
J C ENGR 4990 Senior Civil Engineering Seminar 1
J M ENGR 2410 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies 3
J M ENGR 3360 Material Science for J C ENGR 3
J M ENGR 3700 Fluid Mechanics 3
J M ENGR 3721 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory  1
MATH 1320 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3
Civil Engineering Electives  6

Total Hours


All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Academic Year Enrollment Graduates
2017-2018 44 13
2018-2019 59 13
2019-2020 68 7
2020-2021 62 19
2021-2022 56 19

Student organizations

Make new friends and learn new skills by joining one of our Recognized Student Organizations. Here are several opportunities you may be interested in as a civil engineering major:

Internship opportunities

St. Louis employers regularly engage with the Joint Engineering Program and use internships and co-ops as a pathway for talent. The majority of Joint Program students are able to jump-start their careers by working part time as interns while attending classes.

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.