The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is offered through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Engineering, in two cities, on three campus. The Civil Engineering (CE) degree is the same whether you attend classes on the two campus in Lincoln or the PKI campus in Omaha. There are five major sub-disciplines in civil engineering; transportation, water resource treatment, waste management, geotechnical and environmental engineering. CE students take intro classes and labs for almost all of these disciplines. For the first two years, CE students take the same classes as architecture/construction/mechanical engineering students. This allows students to easily transition from one program to another depending on their interests. Throughout their four years, students take the required math, science, engineering, university required courses and student's chosen electives. The CE degree has heavy coursework of Math (Calc 1-3 and differential equations), science (Chem 1, Physics 1 and 2) and engineering courses (statistics, statics, elastic bodies and dynamics). If math and science come easily to you, then engineering might be a good choice! Other classes that might be overlooked but in reality are very important are English and speech. Developing strong writing and public speaking skills are essential for any career, not just engineering.
I chose to study CE after completing a job shadow with a structural engineer from HDR. Job shadowing was a beneficial experience because I was able to interact with a professional that talked to me about my interests, showed me projects that he was currently involved in, and walked me through a typical day. After talking to that engineer, I felt that CE was what I wanted to study in college. Currently, I am in my third year of the civil engineering program. These past three years have been great! One of the tips I tell prospective students is with hard work, not being afraid to ask for help and time management, an engineering degree can be conquered.
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