Civil engineers are responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of structures that form the transportation, resource distribution, environmental systems and physical infrastructure of contemporary society. From bay-spanning bridges to earthquake-safe buildings, civil engineers design and build solutions to an enormous variety of problems. Increasingly, civil engineers are called upon to safeguard the health of our environment by managing and improving air, land and water quality with air, water and waste treatment systems. As a civil engineering student at UC Davis, you will gain skills that will enable you to serve society while indulging your love of design and construction.
UC Davis civil engineering majors are well prepared to put their skills to work with a variety of public and private agencies, including CalTrans, the Department of Transportation and large civil engineering and public works companies throughout California and the nation.
As a civil engineering major, you will begin your study with an extensive series of foundation courses in science and mathematics. At the upper division level, you will take advanced courses in specific topics in civil engineering. These courses will include subjects such as structural analysis and design, water resources management and transportation systems design.