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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering consists of the design, construction, and maintenance of man-made and natural infrastructures. Civil engineers apply their knowledge of mathematics and physical sciences to develop ways to efficiently use natural resources and nature to improve the well-being of humanity and to protect the environment. Civil Engineering graduates are responsible for designing and constructing all civil infrastructure systems, such as buildings, highways, bridges, water supply and treatment facilities, landfills, etc. The work of civil engineers improves public health and the quality of life, while recognizing the importance of natural systems. Civil engineers make a direct and immediate impact on our society by designing and constructing more and more sustainable and green projects.

Louisiana Tech University is located in the north-central part of Louisiana. Established in 1894, Tech is a selective admissions university that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The Civil Engineering program was initiated at Louisiana Tech in 1927. The present Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Technology programs consist of 267 students and 10 faculty members.

Both the undergraduate and graduate Civil Engineering programs are ABET accredited, with an emphasis on Environmental and Water Resources, Geotechnical, Structural, and Transportation Engineering. The program awards B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. It is also a participant in the Ph.D. program of Engineering. Current Ph.D. students conduct their dissertation research in the Materials and Construction Systems Emphasis, which is associated with the areas of Geotechnical, Structural and Transportation (Materials) Engineering, etc.

In the Civil Engineering program, students will encounter a wide array of active and award winning student organizations, which provide a unique and important experience for their future careers. They are always encouraged to get involved in one or more of the organizations, which include:

AGC (Associated General Contractors of America),
ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers),
Chi Epsilon Honor Society, and
NASTT (North American Society for Trenchless Technology).

The Civil Engineering job market for Louisiana Tech graduates is outstanding. Our undergraduates often have multiple job offers before they graduate. The Civil Engineering program is well recognized in Louisiana, West Mississippi, South Arkansas, and East Texas. Our graduates are employed by civil engineering consulting firms, oil companies, Louisiana Municipalities, LADOTD, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Those Civil Engineering consulting firms are located in metropolitan cities or small towns in the region, and thus Civil Engineer graduates from Louisiana Tech can choose to work in either urban or rural environment.

In an effort to help students prepare and search for their first professional jobs, the College of Engineering and Science sponsors an engineering job fair twice a year. The event provides students an opportunity to meet with recruiters from local and national civil engineering consulting firms and oil companies, as well as local, state, and federal agencies that hire civil engineers. During last four years, each job fair has attracted over 30 companies  for recruiting civil engineering graduates or students for summer internships. 

As you review our website, we hope you become more interested in our programs and the civil engineering opportunities at Louisiana Tech. Please feel free to contact us by phone or via email. We will be happy to answer whatever questions you might have and to meet with you when you visit the campus. For more information please contact Allie De Leo at (318) 257-2260 or adeleo@latech.edu.