Civil engineering, one of the oldest and most broad branches of engineering, is the design and construction of the built environment. Civil engineers get to create the physical components of cities and design infrastructure that allow societies to function. This includes a large variety of structures and systems, like buildings, houses, skyscrapers, bridges, roads, sewage systems, dams, tunnels, and railroads.
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Civil: General Track
Covers a little bit of everything, including structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, transportation engineering, and construction engineering
Civil: Construction Track
Expands on the general track and focuses on the estimating, planning, and management of the construction process for infrastructure projects
Civil: Water Resources Track
Expands on the general track and focuses on the design and analysis of water systems and making sure society has access to enough clean water
Focuses on the design and analysis of structures under different loads to make sure the structure is safe and efficient
Civil: Building Science
An interdisciplinary program with the USC School of Architecture, it focuses on the combination of structural engineering and architecture, also known as architectural engineering
Focuses on designing solutions to environmental issues, like clean water, air quality, hazardous waste, and protecting the environment.
The American Society of Civil Engineers builds a community outside of the classroom through social events, community service, industry interaction, and engineering competitions. Every April, members attend the Pacific South West Conference and compete in events like concrete canoe, steel bridge, and environmental design, which demonstrate more practical applications of the theory learned in the classroom.
Construction Management Association of America provides members with exposure to the construction industry through company info sessions, resume workshops, and an annual symposium. Members also compete in SPARKS, a student competition where teams work through and present solutions to construction situation, with topics like Heavy Civil, Pre-Construction, Commercial, and Design-Build.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers provides students with opportunities to learn more about the transportation field, attend transportation related field trips, and network with industry professionals. Students also participate in the annual Southern California Traffic Bowl, a trivia contest all about transportation.
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute promotes the study and practice of earthquake engineering through networking opportunities, research collaboration, and education about earthquake engineering development. Students also compete in the Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition, where they design and construct a cost-effective fram building to resist seismic loading.
Called “Introduction to Civil Engineering Graphics,” this class teaches computer software programs important for civil engineers, like AutoCAD and Revit. The final project for the class is to design your dream house!
Called “Mechanical Behavior of Materials,” this class focuses on how different materials used by civil engineers behave. The theoretically material taught in lecture is supplemented by a lab section which lets students be hands out by performing procedures like tensile tests, concrete compression, and earthquake simulations.
Called “Introduction to Design of Structural Systems,” this class is the introductory course to structural engineering, where students learn about lateral and gravity forces, as well as designing the different components of structural systems, like beams and girders. There is also a lab component where students learn SAP2000, which is a structural analysis computer program.