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Field of Study: Civil Engineering

Introduction

Civil engineering programs prepare people to plan, design, and construct large structures and systems such as subways, tunnels, and bridges.

 

Overview

Civil engineering programs include topics such as:

  • Structural systems and load bearing
  • Transportation
  • Water resources
  • Environmental safety measures

Schools
Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree, students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in civil engineering. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four or five years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in civil engineering. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.