A Civil Engineering degree leads to a profession that addresses the infrastructure of society and impacts many aspects of your everyday life.
From the roads and bridges you use every day to the drinking water that comes out of your tap, to leveraging technological breakthroughs to improve mobility services and enable smart and connected communities, UWM’s Civil Engineering major provides students with the tools to develop safer, more efficient and sustainable improvements to our infrastructure.
Our students have gone on to lead departments of transportation, launch their own companies and make positive impacts locally and farther afield.
A Civil Engineering degree has additional benefits:
U.S. News & World Report lists Civil Engineer at the top job in the engineering sector for 2022.
In 2021, the median annual wage for civil engineers was $88,050*
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What to expect
Increased speed to graduation
Our new and redesigned curriculum makes it easier and faster for you to complete your degree. You’ll also find greater flexibility in the electives available to customize your experience.
What makes our program stand out
The mission of the UWM Undergraduate Civil Engineering degree program is to educate students to become civil engineering professionals who plan, design, build, and manage the infrastructure systems needed for a modern urban society and the environment.
This major will provide you a broad technical background in Civil Engineering with options to develop a strength in one of the following concentrations:
- Geotechnical Engineering utilizes the disciplines of rock and soil mechanics to investigate subsurface and geologic conditions. These investigations are used to design and build foundations, earth structures and pavement sub-grades.
- Structural Engineering uses the disciplines of structural analysis and mechanics to design structures, such as buildings, bridges, pipelines, industrial, tunnels, vehicles, ships, aircraft and spacecraft. Structural engineers need to understand the behavior of materials such as concrete, steel, wood, masonry, alloys and fiber reinforced composites.
- Municipal and Transportation Engineering is the application of technology and scientific principles to the planning, functional design, operation and management of facilities for any mode of transportation. The goal is to provide for the safe, efficient, rapid, comfortable, convenient, economical, and environmentally compatible movement of people and goods.
- Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (Environmental Engineering is also available as a major): Water resources engineering includes engineering for both water supply management and water excess management. Environmental engineering uses the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.
Best Part About the Program?
“How kind and helpful all the professors are.”
–Civil & Environmental Engineering Student
You will be eligible for these honors in the major during your studies and upon completing your civil engineering degree.
Students at UWM have many opportunities to earn honors recognition.
UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science program provides many opportunities to pair classroom learning with hands-on experiences outside the classroom. The college’s location in Wisconsin’s largest city, with a broad network of industry partnerships, gives you easy access to well-paid internships and co-ops, as well as other important opportunities to enhance your resume.
Did you know?
- 95.1 percent of our graduates launch their careers or continue their education upon graduation.
- SOURCE: UWM First Destination Survey for the College of Engineering & Applied Science, December 2021
We’re Here to Help
We have a dedicated Career Services Department at the College of Engineering & Applied Science who works exclusively with our students to prepare them for a career after graduation.
What You’ll Do
You’ll find Civil Engineers in all levels of government and throughout the private sector.
Civil engineers typically split their time between working indoors and outdoors, planning, designing, building and managing both public works and private enterprise projects. They are also good stewards of the natural environments in which they construct manmade environments—putting them in an excellent position of serving society.
Some career possibilities:
- Design and maintenance of public works like bridges, tunnels, roads, railways, dams, and airports.
- Private sector opportunities in design of industrial facilities, factories, refineries and housing.
- Oversee and manage infrastructure projects.
- Plan and implement public water-supply systems.
- Develop smart mobility technologies, including using big data analytics.
Hear from a few of our notable who have gone on to start and or lead engineering firms and make a difference in our community.