As a civil engineering student, you will learn to design, build, and maintain the foundations for our modern society, which allows us to drink clean water, drive on roads and bridges, access airports, and enjoy everyday conveniences.
Our civil engineering program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, is designed to deliver a broad background in all areas of civil engineering and provide opportunities for specialization and to work side-by-side with experienced faculty as you gain hands-on, real-life experiences. Practical applications are emphasized with theory, so you can grow with the future as new materials, methods, and designs develop.
At UW-Platteville, civil engineering graduates are prepared with analytical skills, an ability to clearly explain design ideas and plans, and with confident decision making skills to prepare them for meaningful careers at the local, state, and federal level as well as with private consulting firms. Additionally, a degree in civil engineering provides the starting point in the pathway to earning a Professional Engineer designation.
Choose how your needs will best be suited by selecting an area of emphasis.
Learn to use both technical and management skills to bring public and private projects to life. You will learn to use technical expertise, critical thinking skills, and financial insight to determine the equipment, personnel, and methods needed to turn a blueprint into a building; a road into a highway; or a vacant lot into a playground. Build your skills to monitor costs, keep the lines of communication open across teams, and make sure the project stays on schedule.
Environmental engineers are responsible for making sure people have safe drinking water, functioning sewers, and clean air. You will learn to confront the most complex problems in public health, environmental sustainability, industrial health and safety, waste disposal, and global climate change. Use cutting-edge technology to analyze and mitigate the impacts of energy production and agriculture on surrounding ecosystems; to minimize and detoxify hazardous waste from industry; and to ensure all regions have access to clean, safe drinking water.
Dig deep to discover the properties and potential of the soil and rock underlying infrastructure projects. Geotechnical engineers ensure that any project built on or with soil is safe from earthquakes, erosion, flooding and other natural threats. You will learn about the complex ways soil, water, and geology interact to support and/or jeopardize projects.
Municipal engineers work to make sure public infrastructure serves all residents smoothly and efficiently. You will learn to help design and construct public parks and cycling routes; determine the most efficient routes for bus service and garbage collection; and design the infrastructure that moves people and goods efficiently around the city. From the underground utility networks that keep the lights on, to the water and sewer networks that move millions of gallons daily, municipal engineers get an up-close view of all the moving parts that most city dwellers never see.
Structural engineers ensure that a structure can withstand the forces and pressures that affect it and help build everything from railroad bridges and stadiums to offshore oil rigs and skyscrapers. Wind, water, seismic activity, and shifting loads are all challenges a structural engineer must consider. You will expand your knowledge of applied mathematics and mechanics, materials science, and design codes to compose the toolkit that every structural engineer uses in their daily work.
From timing a stoplight at a city intersection to designing the optimal route for a new light-rail system, transportation engineers must analyze usage data and create efficient solutions for ground, sea, and air travel. Within this broad and varied field, you will learn to use sophisticated forecasting methods to anticipate traveler needs, civil engineering theory to determine the composition and design of roadways, social science to understand how people move, and business models to predict future usage patterns.