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Civil Engineering

About the Civil Engineering Major

Civil Engineering

What will I study as a civil engineering major?
  • Included in the study of civil engineering are courses in environmental engineering that are directly related to the solution of hazardous waste and pollution problems, to providing potable and economical water supply systems, and to maintaining a safe environment.
  • Water resources engineering is related to hydraulic and hydrologic engineering, flood control, rainfall, and runoff prediction and the transport in flows.
  • Studies in geotechnical engineering address the bearing capacities of soils, settlement of foundations, and the design of both deep and shallow foundations.
  • Courses in structural analysis and design are directed toward providing reliable and economical structures such as bridges, buildings, port facilities, and intricate lock and dam facilities. The principles involved in this sequence of courses are also applicable to the design of automobiles, aircraft, spacecraft, and future space structures.
  • Transportation engineering involves the movement of people and cargo from place to place, the design of airports and highways, and traffic studies to maintain efficient flows.

Civil engineering is a broad field, and because of this breadth, courses are required in several areas. Although you, as a civil engineer, may specialize within a given area, by the very nature of the profession you will be required to interact with specialists in the other areas. You also may work with engineers in other disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, or geological engineering in the planning, design, and construction of complex facilities.

Civil Engineering at Merrimack

Learn more about Civil Engineering from Maggie Jacques ’13 who traveled to Haiti to help design and implement a clean water delivery system.