Civil Engineering

B.S. in Civil Engineering

Why study Civil Engineering?

As a Civil Engineering B.S. student at the University of Cincinnati, you will master the fundamental skills to design, construct, rehabilitate, and improve the nation’s infrastructure. From conception to construction, projects conducted by Civil Engineers include bridges, highways, railways, tunnels, airports, dams, water treatment systems and buildings.

At UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), it’s all about you – we strive to help develop you into the person employers want to hire. Throughout your time with us, you will:

  • Take courses that cover the analysis and design of elements and systems in the areas of structural, geotechnical, transportation, construction, and water resources. 
  • Customize your experience with more than 600 organizations, including American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the Construction Competition Club, Engineers Without Borders, and more
  • Build an impressive resume and professional network through our nationally-recognized co-op program at companies such as Ohio Department of Transportation, Kokosing Construction, Bayer Becker, Messer Construction, Walsh Construction and the Kleingers Group

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for this program vary based on a comprehensive review of the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA, and co-curricular activities. 

First-year students applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
  • Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
  • Social sciences (3 units)
  • Electives (3 units)

Civil Engineers may work in construction, higher education, or government agencies. Possible career paths include:

  • Structural design
  • Construction project management
  • Environmental maintenance

At the University of Cincinnati, we believe that learning is doing and doing is learning. That’s why we invented the first ever Cooperative Education (Co-op) program in 1906. Today, it’s the largest of its kind in the United States. The Co-op model—which places students in full-time employment in their field—supplements the classroom curriculum to make for an educational experience like no other. 

Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page

Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC, please visit the Transition page.

For additional information on international requirements, visit UC’s International Admissions page.

Application Deadlines

First-year students must begin the program during fall semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year in high school.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Enrollment
College of Engineering & Applied Science
653 Baldwin Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-5417
ceas.ug@uc.edu

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Program Code: 20BC-CE-BSCE