Civil engineering B.S.

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    Civil engineering B.S.

    Join a top-notch civil engineering program that provides specialized training for Alaska and other northern regions.

Explore the civil engineering bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s civil engineering bachelor’s degree program emphasizes northern-region design considerations and provides specialized training appropriate for an engineering career in Alaska and other cold regions of the world. Led by civil engineering professionals with diverse specialty-area experience, this hands-on program also features a variety of internship, service-learning and undergraduate research opportunities in Anchorage and beyond. 

Research is a major part of Civil Engineering here at UAA, and many of our undergrad students have the opportunity to get involved.
Some examples:
  • AK Water-Sewer Challenge
  • Coastal Erosion in Alaska
  • Ice accretion in the Port of AK
  • Seismic performance of facilities
  • Wind Turbines on Warming Permafrost
Learn more about innovation happening at the UAA College of Engineering

Civil engineering scholarships and financial aid
Get help with tuition and education expenses. The College of Engineering offers scholarship opportunities such as the Alan B. Christopherson Engineering Scholarship, the Donald Lagerlef Scholarship and the Gary Kobayashi Engineering Scholarship. UAA also offers a variety of scholarships and other types of financial assistance. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Civil engineering B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Other program options: M.S. in Civil Engineering

Did you know..

Nearly 100 percent of UAA civil engineering majors take part in internships during their program of study.

What can you do with a civil engineering degree from UAA?

Employers are eager to hire UAA civil engineering alumni because of their solid engineering fundamentals and familiarity with the local cold-region environment. Most UAA civil engineering majors already have a job offer before graduation and go on to careers in local government or with engineering consulting firms. Others go on to pursue graduate programs in Alaska and across the United States. 

Civil engineering graduate programs
UAA’s College of Engineering offers several graduate program options for engineering majors who want to pursue advanced study:

Civil engineering careers
Civil engineering is a broad field with a wide range of career options. These are some of the kinds of job opportunities you might pursue when you earn your bachelor’s degree:

  • Structural engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Transportation engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Wastewater engineer
  • Government and urban planning engineer

By the numbers..

Number of civil engineering students with at least one job offer at graduation
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Average starting salary for civil engineering program alumni
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Civil engineering bachelor’s degree program highlights

The Bachelor of Science in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. This program offers unique access to cold-regions expertise and a world-class academic environment in the engineering hub of Alaska.

  • Get real-world experience through Anchorage-area internships. Situated in the population and economic center of Alaska, there are numerous internship opportunities for civil engineering majors at UAA. In fact, 70-80% of students complete an internship at an engineering company, spanning local, state, federal and private sectors.
  • Conduct undergraduate research. The civil engineering program offers numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in engineering-related research activities sponsored by government agencies or private industries.
  • Work closely with expert faculty. Faculty specialty areas cover all sub-disciplines of civil engineering and most have expertise in cold region-related issues such as arctic, environmental, geotechnical, structural, water resources and transportation engineering.
  • Take part in student clubs and networking events. Clubs include the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Engineers without Borders, the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.

Amazing stories from civil engineering majors

As an NSF fellow, I intend to educate and inspire others to better their communities through intelligent and sustainable design

Nathaniel Cox
B.S. Civil Engineering ’14
An instructor lecturing to students

With help from mentors in Anchorage’s community of engineering professionals, UAA civil engineering students in the senior capstone class apply their learning as consultant design teams on real-world projects.

Helping students bridge to engineering careers
Kacy Grundhauser

In 2020, Kacy Grundhauser was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the 2020 New Faces of Civil Engineering - Collegiate Edition.

A well-rounded college career

Civil engineering bachelor’s degree program curriculum

The civil engineering program begins with an introduction to the principles of mathematics, chemistry and physics. From there you’ll move on to more advanced courses focused on engineering analysis and creative design. Throughout the bachelor’s degree program you’ll also take courses in communication, humanities, social sciences and fine arts to improve your communication skills and gain a deeper understanding of your responsibilities in today’s society.

Top classes for civil engineering majors

  • In the required Arctic Engineering course, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of engineering challenges unique to arctic regions.
  • In the Design of Civil Engineering Systems capstone course, you’ll gain valuable design experience, take part in community-based projects and interact with local professional