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Major Spotlight: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Everything you need to know about
Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Carolina

Why Civil and Environmental Engineering? 

The innovative, dynamic work of civil and environmental engineers can be seen everywhere in today’s world. Civil and environmental engineers analyze, plan, design and build structures such as buildings, bridges and dams; infrastructure systems for transportation; water resources and natural hazard protection; and environmental control and remediation of both the natural and constructed environment.

Why Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Carolina (USC)? 

While working on their degree, USC civil and environmental engineering undergraduate students also have the opportunity to participate in research projects and work with graduate students and professors as research assistants. Research projects stem from the five areas of civil and environmental engineering and are often conducted by multidisciplinary teams and researchers of different backgrounds. The five areas of civil and environmental engineering include:

  1. Environmental Engineering
  2. Geotechnical Engineering
  3. Structural Engineering
  4. Transportation Engineering
  5. Water Resources Engineering


Did You Know? 

Civil and environmental engineers enjoy high salaries and have a multitude of employment opportunities. USC graduates are prepared to enter the job market with federal, state and municipal agencies; with private consulting firms involved with aspects of planning, design, construction or environmental sustainability; and with the development of facilities, resources and environmental control for industrial development.

Statistics from U.S. News Best Jobs Rankings


Student Perspective: Meet Andrea Ogunleye, a Civil Engineering major from Nigeria 

“My favorite class would be my structural engineering class. My professor is the bomb; he’s so cool! Engineering is tough, but as soon as you get into his class he makes you feel comfortable. The reports and problems we have to solve in the class are actual issues at the university. The last one we worked on was solving a parking problem. We planned an entire parking lot, made the measurements and solved for everything. It’s a great experience because we’re working on real-world problems!” ~ Andrea Ogunleye


Get Involved: Engineers Without Borders 

Not only does Andrea enjoy the classes she’s taking as an undergraduate Civil Engineering major, but she’s getting involved outside the classroom. In the spring, Andrea plans to join the USC student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, an organization with the goal of partnering with communities to help meet basic human needs, implement sustainable engineering projects, develop internationally responsible engineers and welcomes students and professionals from all fields. The larger organization, Engineers Without Borders USA has an impressive network: Over 16,800 members working on 686 projects in 42 countries!

The USC student chapter has been successfully involved in a five-year project in Guatemala. Not only does Andrea look forward to joining the organization to help communities in need, but participation in the organization will give her valuable research and field work experience during her undergraduate years.


Take some time to meet another Civil Engineering major, Vaibhav Agrawal from India, or click below to learn more about Andrea’s experience at the University of South Carolina!

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