Civil Engineering | LSU Majors

Civil Engineering

You are fascinated by your surroundings and how they connect to the world around us.

About Civil Engineering

Whether your focus is rural or urban, you want to ensure that things fit together properly. As a civil engineer, you can expect a dynamic college experience and to become a well-rounded graduate who is prepared for your next step, whatever that might be. Areas of emphasis include coastal, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources.

Sample Course Plan

This is to be used as a guide for prospective students to get an idea of what courses are taken with this program. The General Catalog houses the most accurate and current degree requirements for each program at LSU.

Year 1
Introduction to Civil Engineering Practice

General Chemistry

General Geology: Physical

Analytics Geometry and Calculus

Basic Science Lab Elective

Particle Mechanics

General Education Course: Natural Sciences

English Composition

Year 2


Multidimensional Calculus
Introduction to Statistical Analysis

Fluids, Thermodynamics, Waves and Modern Physics

Fluid Mechanics

Dynamics and Vibrations

Mechanics of Materials
Engineering Materials Laboratory
Elementary Differential Equations
Comprehensive Electrical Engineering
General Education Course: Arts


Year 3
Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
Plane Surveying and Measurements
Geotechnical Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory 
Structural Analysis
Principles of Reinforced Concrete
Water and Wastewater Treatment

Principles of Highway and Traffic Engineering

Economic Principles
Year 4
Professional Issues and Concept Design in Civil Engineering
Design Elective

Analysis Elective

Project Elective
General Education Course: Humanities
General Education Course: Social Sciences

Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

  • 24 hours of credit in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • grade of “C” or better in MATH 1550

Senior College

College of Engineering


B.S.C.E., Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Course Load by Subject Area

  • Math:  High Intensity
  • Lab Hours or Field Work:  Medium Intensity
  • Science:  Medium Intensity
  • Electives:  Low Intensity
  • Social Studies:  Low Intensity

Learn more about course loads and subject areas

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