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Civil Engineering

Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in civil engineering prepares you to practice your skills in the real world by using project-based, hands-on learning methods. There is also an accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Science option available. 

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SLU's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is recognized among the top five percent of chapters in the country. The group participates in national concrete canoe, steel bridge and concrete bowling ball competitions.


Major in Civil Engineering

Students in our civil engineering degree program are introduced to computer-aided design and other state-of-the-art-computational techniques during their freshman year.

Our civil engineering students learn problem-solving techniques throughout their undergraduate careers, culminating in a two-semester capstone design sequence during which you'll become aware of the impact of design decisions, not only on the technical aspects of design but on society as a whole.

Coursework incorporates the latest industry trends, as you explore three primary areas of focus:

  • Green design and environmental engineering
  • Infrastructure design, evaluation and restoration
  • Transportation planning, analysis and design

Competitive summer internships and cooperative education programs are available. SLU's civil engineering students also are able to pursue independent study on a civil engineering topic under the direction of a faculty member.

Curriculum

SLU's civil engineering curriculum offers you a solid foundation in the engineering sciences, including the study of graphics; mechanics of solids; fluid sciences; and structural, environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic and transportation engineering.

  • CVNG 3010: Structural Analysis
  • CVNG 3040: Sustainability and Environmental Engineering
  • CVNG 3070: Engineering Project Management
  • CVNG 3090: Geotechnical Engineering
  • CVNG 3110: Transportation Engineering
  • CVNG 3130: Hydraulic Engineering
Internships and Careers

Industry and government agencies recognize the quality of engineering graduates from SLU's Parks College. The Army Corps of Engineers, Black and Veatch, BSI Constructors, Burns and McDonnell, EXXON, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy are just a few of the places where SLU's civil engineering graduates have found employment.

Faculty

Parks College’s low faculty-to-student ratio allows our world class faculty to inspire our students, feed their curiosity, awaken their minds and instill in them the joy of lifelong learning. Our staff members are also dedicated to student success — every student is known to the faculty and staff by name.

  • Chris Carroll, Ph.D.
  • Amanda Cox, Ph.D.
  • Riyadh Hindi, Ph.D.
  • Jalil Kianfar, Ph.D.
  • Ronaldo Luna, Ph.D.
Admission Requirements

A cumulative 3.00 high school GPA is recommended for freshmen applicants and 2.70 college GPA for transfer applicants.

We recommend an ACT composite score of 24 or higher (minimums of 22 in English, 24 in mathematics, 22 in reading comprehension and 22 in scientific reasoning), or SAT composite score of 1100 or higher with a SAT math sub score of 600.

Fifteen total units of high school work are recommended: three or four units of English; four or more units of mathematics including algebra I and II, geometry and precalculus; three or four units of science including general science, introduction to physical science, earth science, biology, physics or chemistry; two or three units of social sciences including history, psychology or sociology; and three units of electives.


Civil engineering students

SLU's modern civil engineering laboratory facilities feature: universal testing machines, vibration apparatus and laboratories to study fluid dynamics, composite materials, soil mechanics and concrete.

Unique Features

State-of-the-Art Computer Analysis Software

Solid modeling using state-of-the-art computer software is introduced during the freshman year of SLU's civil engineering curriculum, followed by structural analysis and fluid flow analysis software as you advance.