Civil Engineering

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Design, build, and maintain modern infrastructure with an undergraduate civil engineering degree from Mercer University

Civil engineering is considered among the first engineering disciplines. Societies going back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia have relied on infrastructure such as roads, bridges, buildings, and water management systems to survive and thrive. When you earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering from Mercer University, you will prepare to enter this centuries-old practice of designing and improving the future.

You might be wondering, “Is civil engineering a good major?” The answer is simple: if you want a career dedicated to creatively solving complex problems, that challenges you in rewarding ways every day and prepares you for a high earning potential—then civil engineering may be the path for you.

As a Civil Engineering major, you will work with highly experienced faculty who create engaging courses that prepare you to excel in graduate school or a career in engineering. Our courses for civil engineering cover broad topics in structural design and provide experiential learning that will give you firsthand experience essential for standing out on the job.

Take your undergraduate civil engineering degree further with Engineering for Development

Mercer offers an Engineering for Development (E4D) minor for students like you to make a positive impact on communities around the world.

The E4D minor prepares Civil Engineering majors to become leaders in implementing sustainable solutions for people and the environment—including individuals living in underserved populations.

Learn more about the Engineering for Development minor.

Your Mercer civil engineering degree experience

When you earn your undergraduate civil engineering degree at Mercer, you will take engaging courses taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields. You will join an active community of peers and alumni who are committed to innovation and to strengthening communities around the world together. And you will also receive hands-on education through projects and campus events.

Experienced faculty mentors

One major reason our program stands out from other civil engineering degree programs is the years of experience our faculty bring to the classroom. Our highly credentialed faculty provide individualized attention to Civil Engineering majors and help them answer that important question, “What can I do with a civil engineering degree to make the world a better place?”

Meet the civil engineering degree program faculty.

Inspiring courses for civil engineering

When you pursue a Civil Engineering major at Mercer, you will take courses that are carefully designed to challenge you, expand your critical thinking skills, and prepare you for the daily tasks of engineering out in the world. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of engineering; emphasizes basic civil engineering principles, including geotechnology, structures, and transportation; and helps you combine everything you learn to create impactful design solutions for even the most complex engineering challenges.

A few of the courses for civil engineering include:

  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Water and Wastewater Management Treatment Design

Explore course descriptions and program requirements for civil engineering.

Thriving community

At Mercer, we are dedicated to strengthening communities around the world, and we believe that it begins with our own community of Civil Engineering majors and alumni. When you earn your civil engineering degree at Mercer, you will have access to programs and campus events to help you develop your professional skills while making lasting personal and professional connections.

Examples of events and initiatives you can enjoy at Mercer include:

  • BEAR Day: Mercer hosts an annual Breakthroughs in Engagement, Arts, and Research (BEAR) Day each spring to showcase outstanding undergraduate research projects from across the University. Come together with faculty, staff, and other Civil Engineering majors to promote interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): Mercer’s student chapter of ASCE is a supportive community of civil and environmental engineering students. Engage in networking, professional development, and national competitions and events on campus.

What can I do with a civil engineering degree?

If you are like many students considering Mercer’s program, you may be wondering, “Is civil engineering a good major to find a rewarding career?” At Mercer, we prioritize your success—both in the program and after graduation. Your courses for civil engineering will prepare you for a variety of graduate programs and careers throughout the world. From government to architecture to construction, you will enjoy plenty of career opportunities in exciting industries:

  • Civil engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Waste management engineer
  • Water engineer
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Find your purpose with Mercer

At Mercer, we’re committed to helping you make a positive difference in the world around you through our undergraduate civil engineering degree.

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.