Major in Civil Engineering

Pursuing your BS in Civil Engineering at WPI can take you in many different directions. You can study broadly or specialize in one of the following five subareas:

  • Structural and Geotechnical Engineering. The focus here is on analysis and design of infrastructure as well as the engineering behavior of earth materials.
  • Environmental Engineering. Environmental engineers protect the earth’s air and water and look after public health.
  • Transportation Engineering. This subarea deals with construction and maintenance of the transportation systems that move people and goods.
  • Urban and Environmental Planning. Here, engineers examine the space where the natural world and the urban environment meet.
  • Construction Engineering and Project Management. These engineers deal with the construction of engineered facilities while considering engineering economics, social science, management, business, labor and legal relations. They also take into consideration the interaction of governmental and private interests as related to major construction projects.

Another option is the Environmental concentration, which follows the main Civil Engineering curriculum but allows students to specialize in an environmental engineering subarea, leading to an ABET-accredited degree.

No matter how you choose to study, you will be encouraged to take courses across subareas so you will be ready to tackle the pressing civil engineering problems of our time, armed with a broad-based well of knowledge in the field.