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Undergraduate Programs We Offer

Civil Engineering B.S.C.E.

For a complete listing of courses – visit the Public Course Catalog. Enter “Duluth” in the Institution and Campus fields; and enter "CE" for Subject Area, then click “Search”.

Areas of Specialty

Within our curriculum, students have multiple Civil Engineering technical electives. Students must take two courses from the elective courses within a focus group (Environmental/Water Resources, Geotechnical, Structures, or Transportation) to complete a focus. Students may fulfill more than one focus group. Basic information about each focus group is listed below. When selecting a focus and courses, students are encouraged to tailor their selection of technical electives with input from their advisor. You can check out a sample plan for the B.S.C.E. degree if you'd like more details on courses. 

Environmental/Water Resources

Environmental engineering is a facet of civil engineering known as the "wet side" which focuses on sustainability, environmental remediation, environmental impact, and managing resources.  Water resource engineering is directed towards managing water resources (drinking water, waste water, storm water, etc). Environmental/Water Resources Engineering includes hydrology (surface water and groundwater), hydraulic engineering, water resources analysis, and environmental fluid mechanics.

Sample Environmental/Water Resources Plan


Geotechical engineering specializes in the science of soil and rock mechanics in order to apply it to engineering projects.  Projects that emphasize geotechnical specialization include foundations, slopes, tunnels, landfills, etc.

Geotechnical Engineering includes the study of mechanical behavior of geomaterials (soils and rocks), in relation to design and construction of civil engineering structures such as foundations, embankments and excavations.

Sample Geotechnical Plan


Structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering that involves the design, review, and creation of structures; from bridges to skyscrapers to schools.

Structural Engineering is the planning, analysis and design of structures including buildings, bridges, parking structures, and stadiums.

Sample Structural Plan


Transportation engineering focuses on the design, control, and maintenance of transportation systems and the movement of people and goods from one place to another.  

Transportation Engineering focuses on traffic systems operations and safety, highway planning and design, and the maintenance and operation of transportation facilities.

Sample Transportation Plan

Student Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

We strive to create engineers with a solid understanding of technical courses that can be applied to a variety of fields.  Students are challenged to engineer solutions and solve problems using the knowledge gained in the classroom.  The University of Minnesota Duluth offers a program that provides students with the following upon graduation:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

  • an ability to communicate effectively

  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning;

  • a knowledge of contemporary issues

  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

  • ability to apply mathematics through differential equations; probability and statistics; calculus-based physics; general chemistry; and geology

  • ability to apply knowledge in the following four recognized major civil engineering areas: structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, water resources engineering with a depth of focus in one or more of the four areas

  • ability to perform civil engineering design by means of design experiences integrated throughout the professional component of the curriculum culminating in a senior design experience

  • ability to explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and explain the importance of professional licensure

  • ability to apply knowledge of sustainability to civil engineering practice