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Civil Engineering

Major Information

A civil engineer works in the oldest branch of engineering and is typically engaged in design, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities and infrastructure, such as buildings, roads, bridges, airports, tunnels, water supply and wastewater disposal systems. With its orientation toward applications rather than theory – the distinctive feature of the Georgia Southern Civil Engineering program – the CE curriculum provides its students with broad exposure to three major areas within the discipline of civil engineering – environmental, structural, and transportation.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
    • Construction Engineering, Environmental/Water Resources Engineering, Transportation-Pavement/Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Surveying-Geomatics

Sample Occupations

*Requires additional education

  • Area Engineer
  • City/State/Federal Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineering Consultant
  • Engineering Intern (EIT)
  • Engineering Manager*
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Hydrologist
  • Land Surveyor
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer

Sample Work Settings

  • Airports
  • Consulting Engineering Firms
  • Dept. of Transportation (State & Federal)
  • Government Agencies
  • General Contractors (Heavy/Civil)
  • Private Materials Testing Laboratories
  • Railroads
  • Transportation Firms
  • Utility Companies

Sample Employers

  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Gulfstream Aerospace
  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Georgia Ports Authority
  • CB&I
  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • EMC Engineering Services, Inc.
  • US Army
  • Reeves Construction Company
  • Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.
  • Terracon
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Wolverton & Associates, Inc.
  • Mclendon Enterprises
  • Southern Nuclear
  • Georgia Power Company
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Maxwell – Reddick and Associates, Inc.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CDM Smith
  • Thomas & Hutton
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Army National Guard

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self Directed Search – $15 tudents/assessments/

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE)

Professional Organizations

American Council of Eng. Companies

American Society of Civil Engineers

Design-Build Institute of America

National Society of Professional Engineers

U.S. Green Building Council

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter (ASCE)

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Professional Tips

  • Complete a Civil Engineering  internship/co-op. 
  • Use the Surveying-Geomatics Program Pathway to gain an embedded certificate. 
  • Consider taking the exam for Professional Engineering (PE) License in Georgia.
  • Join a student organization.

Résumé Tips

  • Include ABET accreditation in the Education section if you are obtaining an undergraduate degree.
  • Include project experiences such as senior project.
  • Include certifications & licenses.
  • Include professional associations ASCE.

Last updated: 7/1/2013