You want to design and improve the structures and infrastructure in the modern world to help keep people and cities safe, mobile, and resilient.
About Civil Engineering
Civil engineers work on the design, construction, and maintenance of the infrastructure systems we use every day and/or in surveying and coastal subsidence projects. Sub-disciplines include: mechanics of materials (steel, concrete, timber, pavement etc.), structures (bridges, buildings, etc.), water resources (rivers, levees, etc.), transportation (traffic systems, highways, and roadways), geotechnical (soils, foundations, and coastal subsidence), and geodesy (surveying). Graduates may work for structural design firms or the petrochemical industry, but often work for government entities such as the Department of Transportation or U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
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.
|Legend:||Major-Specific Engineering||Other Engineering||Science||Math||General Education|
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Introduction to Civil Engineering Practice||Statics||Fluid Mechanics Lab||Capstone Design Project|
|General Chemistry I||Fluid Mechanics||Mechanics of Materials (Strengths) Lab||Design Elective in Geotechnical or Transportation|
|General Chemistry II||Mechanics of Materials (Strengths)||Plane Surveying and Measurements||Professional Issues and Concept Design in Civil Engineering|
|General Geology: Physical||Dynamics and Vibrations||Geotechnical Engineering||Hydrology|
|Physics I: Particle Mechanics||Engineering Materials Lab||Geotechnical Engineering Lab||Analysis or Design Elective in Civil Engineering|
|Basic Science Lab Elective||Circuits||Structural Analysis||Technical or Design Elective in Civil Engineering|
|Calculus I: Differential Calculus in One Dimension||Physics II: Fluids, Thermodynamics, Waves, and Modern Physics||Principles of Reinforced Concrete||General Ed: Social Sciences|
|Calculus II: Integral Calculus in One Dimension||Into to Statistics||Principles of Highway and Traffic Engineering||General Ed: Humanities|
|General Ed: English Comp I||Elementary Differential Equations||Water Resources Engineering||General Ed: Humanities|
|General Ed: Life Science||Calculus III: Multidimensional Integral and Differential Calculus||Water/Waste Treatment||General Ed: Humanities|
|General Ed: Arts||Principles of Micro and Macro Economics|
|General Ed: English Comp II|
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
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