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BS Civil Engineering

ABET AccreditationThe Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Trine University provides BIG university opportunities in a small, student friendly environment. Like big state schools, each of the five major disciplines in the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is represented well in our curriculum and our faculty. Introductory courses for each of the five disciplines are required courses, so students develop a broad Civil Engineering foundation. Several senior level design courses are also available in each of the five disciplines, allowing students to focus their education on the areas of Civil Engineering that interest them most.

Civil Engineering Disciplines and our Faculty Experts:

  • Structural Engineering - William Barry, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Structural Engineering - Gary Greene, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Geotechnical Engineering - Tim Tyler, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Transportation Engineering - Ryan Overton, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Environmental Engineering - Jeremy Rentz, Ph.D
  • Water Resources Engineering - T.J. Murphy

The Experience

Hands-on learning every student will encounter as an integral part of the curriculum:

  • Small classes with a 30 student maximum
  • Active learning strategies employed in the classroom
  • Faculty with open door policies that know your name
  • Ten courses with integrated laboratories
  • Engineering site visits
  • Design projects in upper level civil engineering courses
  • Capstone senior design project

Additional hands-on development opportunities available to all civil engineering students:

The Results

Trine civil engineering graduates are highly sought after regionally and nationally, with a solid and growing reputation. By the year 2026, significant job growth is also expected in the field adding 11% more civil engineers and 8% more environmental engineers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Civil Engineering graduates from Trine University are able to:

  • Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Obtain exciting and well-paying jobs in the discipline of their choice
  • Get accepted for graduate studies (masters and/or doctoral) 
  • Pass the Principles of Engineering (PE) exam
  • Become a licensed Professional Engineer (PE)


Trine University's  civil engineering is accredited by the  Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET  http://www.abet.org .

Additional Information

Civil Engineers design many of the facilities that we use every day, such as roads, buildings, and bridges. Civil Engineers also design dams and water and waste water treatment plants. If you enjoy getting out of the office, civil engineering could be for you, since most civil engineers are also very involved in the construction of these facilities.

Firms hiring recent graduates include:

  • Michigan Department of Transportation: Transportation Engineer
  • Indiana Department of Transportation: Transportation Engineer
  • Nucor Building Systems in Waterloo, IN: Structural Design Engineer
  • Engineering Resources Inc. in Ft. Wayne, IN: Structural Design Engineer
  • Office of the City Engineer in Archbold, Ohio: Civil Engineer
  • City of Ft. Wayne Utilities Department in Ft. Wayne, IN : Civil Engineer
  • Corporate Construction, Inc. in Auburn, IN: Project Manager/Estimator
  • CrossRoad Engineers in Indianapolis, IN: Civil Engineer
  • Marathon Ashland Petroleum of Ohio: Pipeline Engineer
  • American Structurepoint in Indianapolis, IN: Civil Engineer
  • Patriot Engineering in Fort Wayne, IN: Geotechnical Engineer
  • Lawon-Fisher Associates in South Bend, IN: Civil Engineer
  • Cives Steel Company in Wolcott, IN: Civil Engineer
  • Miller Brothers Construction in Archbold, Ohio: Civil Engineer
  • Commonwealth Associates, Inc. in Jackson, MI : Civil Engineer
  • Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. in Indianapolis, IN: Environmental and Hydraulic Engineers
  • Brooks Construction Company , Inc. in Goshen, IN: Project Manager
  • Vulcraft in St. Joe, IN: Engineering Manager and Design Engineer
  • Ter Horst, Lamson & Fisk, Inc. in Indianapolis, IN: Structural Engineer
  • Alt & Witzig Engineering, Inc. in Carmel, IN: Project Engineer
  • Butler, Fairman and Seufert in Indianapolis, IN: Airport Engineer
  • RQAW Consulting Engineers & Architects, Indianapolis, IN
  • Troyer Group, Mishawaka, IN

How is the job market?

Trine civil engineering students are in great demand. In recent years, our job placement for Trine civil engineers has been exceptional! In fact, during the economic slow-down of 2001, our 19 graduates had a total of 46 job offers! Our students are working in major cities and small towns throughout the US. 

4 + 1 Degree Path

This degree has a pathway for you to complete both your undergraduate and graduate studies within five years. Learn more about the Four Plus One degree path.

Three Years Full Throttle

This degree has a pathway for you to complete your undergraduate degree in three years. Learn more about the Three Years Full Throttle degree path.

Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.