Civil Engineering

Located in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the civil engineering program teaches the fundamentals in five major areas of civil engineering: environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, water resources engineering, and transportation engineering.  Using these fundamentals, our students participate in some very exciting projects—such as the clean-up of the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, earthquake protection of bridges and roads, and crash protection for children in car seats.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

GW’s civil engineering program offers options in environmental engineering, medical preparation and transportation engineering.

What can I do in the Civil Engineering field?

You will learn the fundamentals of science, mathematics and engineering. You will also develop the analytical, experimental and design skills necessary for a career in one of the five major areas of civil engineering—or in fields such as business, law and public policy.

What is the Civil Engineering learning community like at GW?

GW’s civil engineering community is close-knit and friendly. Students and faculty interact often—in classes, offices, hallways, and laboratories—and professors are available and accessible. Students take part in many activities and organizations, among them the steel bridge competition, the American Society of Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders.

What can I do in the Civil Engineering field?

You can help plan, design and construct buildings, bridges, roads, and airport and rapid-transit systems. Or you can specialize in pollution control, hazardous-waste cleanup and water and wastewater treatment systems. A civil engineering education also prepares you for work in fields such as law, medicine, manufacturing, finance and policy.

Quick Links


  • Real-world laboratory:Female student in lab

    Real-world laboratory:

    Our environmental engineering program uses one of the world's largest wastewater treatment plants as a real-world laboratory.

  • State-of-the-art:students in front of earthquake simulator equipment


    Our earthquake simulator offers a rare opportunity to work on equipment that exists in few places in the world.

  • Saving lives:professor and student talking in front of lab equipment

    Saving lives:

    Our research has a nearly 93 percent success rate in detecting human error up to three minutes before a simulated car crash.