Civil Engineering

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    School of Engineering

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    Environmental and Civil Engineering

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Build a Strong Foundation

Civil engineering is considered among the first engineering disciplines. Arguably civil engineers were practicing between 4000 and 2000 B.C.E. in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Consider the qanat water management systems first developed by the Persians some 3000 years ago, the Parthenon designed by the Iktinos and Kallikrates (construction began in 447 B.C.E.), and the Great Wall of China (ordered to be constructed by Emperor Qin Shi Huang around 221 B.C.E.).

Civil engineers now design, build, and maintain our modern infrastructure:

  • Roads and bridges
  • Drinking water and energy systems
  • Dams
  • Sea ports and airports
  • Infrastructure for a cleaner environment

Mercer’s civil engineering major prepares students for both employment and graduate study in a variety of fields. Our curriculum covers the fundamentals of engineering, emphasizes basic principles, and educates students in the use of these principles to reach optimal design solution for engineering problems.

Construct the Future

Employment opportunities for civil engineering graduates are plentiful and diverse. Approximately 1/3 of civil engineering positions are government jobs, either at the local, state, or federal level. The remaining jobs are with architectural or construction companies, where they will likely design and analyze the construction and repair of a wide variety of structures including buildings, bridges, and water treatment facilities.

Learn from the Best

Civil engineering majors benefit from the guidance of our experienced team of faculty members.


Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.