BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a full-time academic program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 4 years.
A student may also be able to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering or Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in 5 years.
What is Civil and Environmental Engineering?
Civil engineers design, construct and protect the physical and natural built environment, including roads, bridges, canals, dams, buildings and water treatment plants. Civil engineers are needed to provide the world with clean water and safe infrastructure. At Villanova University College of Engineering, faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering prepare students to play a vital role in improving quality of life while protecting the environment.
What makes Villanova’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department unique is our commitment to community:
- Between students who learn teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills together during classes and in clubs
- With faculty who value your success and take the time to get to know you—by name
- In the world outside of Villanova, where we engage in service learning trips, study abroad experiences and STEM outreach programs
- Through Nova Nation whose alumni are there to mentor, guide and support our students during their time here and after they graduate
Areas of Study
All undergraduates in Civil and Environmental Engineering are introduced to the following specialty areas. Students must take a course in at least three of these areas as technical electives:
- Environmental Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Transportation Engineering
- Water Resources Engineering
- Construction management
In addition to a senior capstone design project, students may take a course of undergraduate research where they work directly with a faculty advisor and a graduate student mentor and receive academic credit.
Recent undergraduate projects include:
- Assessing conditions of watershed, hydrology and hydraulics to stabilize a local stream
- Determining influence of control devices on the performance of constructed wetlands
- Investigating reclaimed asphalt pavement properties for sustainable infrastructure
- Designing buildings, structural framing systems and foundations for a school campus in Kenya
- Studying community impacts of roundabouts
After Earning Your Degree
Civil engineers and environmental engineers regularly appear on U.S. News and World Report's list of the "100 Best Jobs in America" and “Best STEM Jobs.”
In 2018, 16% of Villanova Civil Engineering graduates continued their education after graduation. Those who entered the job market earned an average starting salary of $60,891.
Where Are They Now?
2019 graduates from Villanova’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program are working in a number of fields in a variety of unique positions. Here is just a sampling:
- Management Consultant, Accenture
- Staff Engineer, Bohler Engineering
- Owner, Quality Landscapes and Hardscapes, LLC
- Roadway Design Engineer, Othon Consulting
- Project Engineer, Railroad Construction Company
- Project Engineer, Skanska USA Building
- Field Engineer, Turner Construction
- Project Engineer, Urban Engineers
- Assistant Transportation Planner, WSP USA