Civil engineers plan and design large-scale projects like bridges and power plants; study and solve societal and environmental challenges like providing safe drinking water; and design and maintain transportation systems. In our program you'll prepare for a career in industry, government or academia and can tailor your education toward specialties like structural, water resources and hydraulic, geotechnical, environmental and transportation.
Certificates and Specializations
The Department offers certificates and specializations in the following areas:
- Water Resources and Hydraulic
Being a civil engineering major provides me with so many opportunities! My co-op gave me real life experience with the company of my dreams. As a member of the Concrete Canoe Team, I have traveled across the country to places like Colorado and California. Then there are the friendships. I cannot remember the last time I was in the library and did not see someone I know. The more open you are to meeting people the more at home you will feel. I love UA!”
Civil Engineering Major
Get paid, on-the-job experience as part of your engineering curriculum – learn more!
Faculty and students conduct research projects that take on societies most pressing challenges in our three research labs: the Timken Engineered Surface Lab (TESL), the Gas Turbine Testing and Research Laboratory, and the Center for Surface Engineering & Lubricating Research (CSELR).
Akron Guarantee Scholarship
The University of Akron provides affordable excellence for students and their families. Learn about the Akron Guarantee Scholarship.
93% of our graduating engineers have jobs within 6 months of graduation. Dig into our Engineering Co-op and Placement Program to see what opportunities await.
You will learn from the best. Our faculty are exceptional leaders in their field and 22 are tenure track. We are a department of engineers looking to – quite literally – build a better, sustainable, more stable world!