As a student pursuing a degree in civil engineering, you’ll master and apply the fundamentals and be able to specialize in your chosen field. Be immersed in protecting the earth’s air and water, in the engineering behavior of earth materials, or in finding better ways to move people and goods. Examine the space where the natural world and the urban environment meet, or come to understand the complexities of and impact the future of construction practices. Whatever your path, WPI’s project-based learning approach guarantees hands-on experiences. You’ll build leadership and cultivate ingenuity, typically in collaboration with industry partners and always with the support of faculty advisors.
Curriculum for Degree in Civil Engineering
Pursuing your degree in civil engineering at WPI lets you chart your own course by studying broadly or focusing your studies with these specializations:
- Structural and Geotechnical
- Urban and Environmental Planning
- Construction Engineering and Project Management
No matter what you choose, you’ll take courses across civil engineering’s fields of study, like Resilient Infrastructure for a Changing Climate, Legal Aspects of Professional Practice, Soil Mechanics, and Traffic Engineering.
You can also pursue your bachelor’s and master’s degrees concurrently with the Civil Engineering BS/MS program.
Collaborative, team-oriented project-based learning is integral to WPI's undergraduate education and a major reason why you’ll graduate to be an innovative problem-solver. In Civil Engineering, you may have projects close to home, such as mixed-use development in Worcester, or you might take your work across the globe analyzing pedestrian behavior in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour or investigating wastewater management in Fatima, Costa Rica.
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.
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