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What are Civil Engineers (CEs)?

Civil engineers design a better world in which to live. They design, build, and maintain our nation’s infrastructure. Some of the things that civil engineers design include: roads and bridges; buildings and foundations; water supply and waste-water facilities; storm water management systems; and environmental protection facilities.


Why CE at WKU?

WKU's CE program is special for its small class sizes and emphasis on applied research opportunities. Our project based curriculum will allow students to work on real problems while gaining practical skills that will be applicable to their workplace upon graduation.


Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes


WKU Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org


Jason Wilson

Civil Engineering - Program Coordinator

  • 270-745-2322
  • jason.wilson@wku.edu
  • EBS 2128

MSE, Wisconsin Platteville

BS, Civil Engineering, Western Kentucky University


  • Median BS Civil Engineering Salary: $65,000
  • Some local companies that hire CE's: Army Corp. of Engineers, KY Transportation Cabinet, American Engineers Inc., Scotty's Contracting & Stone
  • Civil engineers must consider the potential costs and environmental impacts, how long it will take, and what materials should be used based on the type of soil at the site when working on a project.
  • Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Construction Materials
  • Structures
  • Surveying
  • Hydrology


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 Last Modified 1/5/22