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BS Civil Engineering: Course Description

Last updated: January 20, 2010

Civil engineers are probably the most common types of engineers I’ve encountered so far.  The interesting to note is that, while fairly common, these folks still get a lot of options when it comes to meeting society’s needs.

Of course, before they can get to the point of professional competence, they needed to pay their dues first.  Let’s take a closer look at what these dues actually are.

Technicalities and Then Some

As you might have suspected, the civil engineer’s training regimen is a reasonably technical one.  Students can also expect to study mathematics, statistics and computing, as no real engineering course is complete without them.

Besides the usual humanities and social sciences added for well-rounded fun, the bulk of the course focuses on mechanics and systems applicable to the field.  You’ll be delving into engineering principles, design, graphics, materials, applications and the like.

A Comprehensive Field

Analysis is every engineer’s forte.  The civil types are no exception.  In fact, they’ll get a bunch of analysis classes on the following topics:  structures, mechanics, cost engineering and what not.  You can look forward to a lot of lab work and practical application, as well as sub-courses on the various research methods available to you.

In closing, know that the civil engineering course is basically a general overview course.  It may act as a stepping stone to more specialized engineering fields in the future.  For example, further studies are available for sub-fields such as geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, transportation engineering and many others.  Where you go from thereon is up to you.

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