Civil Engineering (B.S. in Engineering)

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding career planning and designing structures or working in multiple industries? Civil engineering holds opportunities for rewarding careers in facilities, bridges, roads, dams, airports and more. Choosing Western Michigan University to earn your bachelor's degree is an important step in achieving your career goals. We offer everything you will need.

Pride Points

  • 97% of College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduates participated in experience-driven learning

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  • $70K to $80K median starting salary for College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduates

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  • 99% of College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduates working full time have a job related to their degree

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What can I do with a civil engineering degree?

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in civil engineering are working as:

  • Architectural engineers
  • Bridge engineers
  • Construction engineers
  • Facilities engineer
  • City engineers
  • Construction supervisors

Some of the companies they work for include:

  • HBE Corporation
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Prein & Newhof
  • SME
  • Weaver Consultants Group
  • Wightman

Lila Rode

  • I have always enjoyed subjects related to the STEM field and have had a deep passion for helping the environment. Civil engineering combines both of these.

    Lila Rode, B.S.E.'23

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Resources for students

When you earn your bachelor's degree at WMU, you'll have access to all the resources and activities you need.


  • Are there scholarships available?

    Yes! A number of scholarships are available for students enrolled in the civil engineering program at Western. We encourage you to apply for all scholarships that match your interests, career goals and financial or academic needs.

What will I do in the civil engineering program?

As a civil engineering major, you will study
  • math
  • general education subjects
  • basic sciences
  • engineering methods, procedures, and management
  • transportation, structures and environmental engineering
You will also develop oral, graphic and written communication skills and learn to work as part of a multidiscipline design team.


To enter the civil engineering program you should have completed the following in high school:
  • at least three and a half years of college preparatory mathematics, including trigonometry, and
  • two years of basic science such as physics and chemistry.
You may also prepare to enter the program while at WMU by selecting courses that fulfill these requirements. Transfer credit from other college universities will be granted for courses that satisfy WMU’s requirement.

What have other civil engineering students achieved?

Fast track your learning with an accelerated master's

Fast track your learning with an accelerated master's

Undergraduate students can access more learning and save time in our accelerated master’s program. Weave graduate courses (up to 9 credits) into your undergraduate degree in civil engineering from WMU, and earn your B.S. in Engineering and M.S. in civil engineering and choose either a thesis or non-thesis option.

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