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Department of Civil Engineering

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Athens, OH 45701

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Department of Civil Engineering  

Since the beginning of the 19th century, civil engineers have handled society's needs for increased mobility, convenience, safety, and health. Civil engineers develop, maintain, and upgrade facilities and infrastructure—roads, bridges, buildings, flood control, landfills, water supply, and waste disposal—in harmony with the environment.

The Department of Civil Engineering grants an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in civil engineering, which prepares students for a productive career in government or the private sector, or advanced graduate study. Seniors take the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) exam, which leads to the Professional Engineer (P.E.) exam. Selected technical electives qualify students for professional registration in surveying. Graduate students have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science or Integrated Ph.D. with a focus in environmental geotechnology.

Building a solid foundation in basic sciences and mathematics, the curriculum helps students develop the ability to think logically and apply knowledge gained to the design and synthesis of complex civil engineering projects.

Principles and practices are covered in courses dealing with fluid, solid, and soil mechanics; construction management; transportation; materials; structural analysis and design; hydrology and hydraulics; and water and wastewater treatment. The senior design course provides a comprehensive design experience for students. Students may emphasize environmental, geotechnical, construction, structural, transportation/pavement engineering or water resources with the proper selection of electives.

Career Opportunities

Open to all engineering majors, the Russ College's Cooperative Education program integrates coursework with paid, career-related work experience. Students alternate full-time employment with full-time study, with most students working a total of two to three semesters. Companies may assist students with living arrangements or stipends during their co-ops, and many often extend job offers upon graduation. Students have worked at companies and organizations such as DuPont, General Electric, Kokosing Construction Co., the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Forest Service. For more information, visit

Today's civil engineers need creativity and expertise to meet the growing demands of our highly industrialized society. They will lead the way with new cost-effective techniques, materials, and technologies such as advanced composite materials, non-destructive testing methods, and smart sensors. Well-trained civil engineers will play a vital role in solving societal problems in our global environment.


Special Features

Civil engineering students have the opportunity to use unique equipment housed under ORITE. Some of the facilities/equipment include the Center for Pipe and Underground Structures; the full-scale environmentally controlled Accelerated Pavement Load Facility; a national test road; a human factors and ergonomics lab; a 200-g centrifuge for modeling soil-structure interaction; a one million-pound load frame; mobile geotechnical/environmental units; near-surface and downhole Ground Penetrating Radar; a 25-ton cone penetrometer test system; and environmental analytic instruments, including atomic absorption spectrometer, liquid chromatographer, ion chromatographer, and scanning uv-vis spectrophotometer.

Undergraduate research opportunities are available through projects with the Federal Highway Administration, the Ohio Department of Transportation and other state DOTs, other government organizations, and private sector agencies. The unique research facilities of the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE) provide opportunities for students and faculty to stay current with advanced technology.

In addition, Russ College students can broaden their horizons with more than 15 engineering organizations and honor societies. The Department of Civil Engineering offers an active chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The honorary civil engineering organization Chi Epsilon encourages high academic standards. Organization activities include competitions with other universities, speaker presentations, community service, biweekly meetings, and social events to bring faculty and students together.

The Russ College also offers an outreach program for multicultural students. The five-week Pre-Engineering Program for Multicultural Students (PEP) assists eligible first-year students with the transition from high school to a Russ College engineering or technology program. Program graduates receive credit hours toward their engineering or technology degree and either a stipend or scholarship. For more information, visit

Our Faculty

All full-time civil engineering faculty hold doctoral degrees and have practical experience in their areas of expertise. The majority are registered professional engineers. Faculty provide service and assistance to industry, government associations, and participate in various professional and technical organizations.

Faculty research in highway, culvert/pipe, and bridge infrastructure is nationally recognized. Other research includes noise abatement, characterization of materials (asphalt, soil, concrete, and composites), accelerated pavement load testing, acid mine drainage, landfill components, soil remediation, subsurface investigation (cone penetrometer technology), highway winter maintenance, human factors, and erosion and sediment control. Research has been supported by the Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, State Departments of Transportation, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the National Science Foundation, and industry. To meet the faculty, visit



Bachelor of Science, civil engineering, optionally with:

  • Construction engineering management track: This track is a complete, accredited civil engineering B.S. degree with a concentration of technical electives to provide depth in construction engineering management.

  • Surveying track: A complete, accredited civil engineering B.S. degree, this program is available for students interested in surveying as a profession and eligible to take the fundamentals examination for surveying, which leads to professional registration as a surveyor. Students must complete additional hours beyond the minimum required for the B.S. degree.

Undergraduate students can also gain depth in other areas such as environmental, geotechnical, structures and transportation.

Master of Science, civil engineering

Doctor of Philosophy, integrated engineering

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology educates well-rounded professionals with both technical and team-project skills. Enrolling approximately 1,400 undergraduate students and almost 300 graduate students, the Russ College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across the traditional engineering spectrum and in technology disciplines such as aviation, computer science, and industrial technology. Strategic research areas include bioengineering, energy and the environment, and smart civil infrastructure. Named for alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife Dolores, the Russ College is home of the Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.