Civil Engineering at Louisiana Tech University

Who Are Civil Engineers?

Civil engineers are leaders and problem solvers who build and improve much of the infrastructure that we use on a daily basis. They plan and oversee the design, construction, and maintenance of roads, railways, airports, bridges, dams, levees, harbors, irrigation projects, power plants, and water and sewage systems, ensuring that these systems can withstand extreme weather conditions. Civil engineers are skilled in using design software and applying sustainable construction methods. Because of the breadth of the civil engineering field, successful civil engineers are also skilled in a variety of other disciplines, including design, math, communication, organization, and decision making.

Students reading schematics and working on a project outdoors

What Does a Civil Engineer Do?

Most civil engineers work as consultants or contractors in one of six sub-disciplines: construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, or water resource engineering. Consultants design projects: Contractors implement the designs during construction. Both consultants and contractors work on public and private sector projects, completing technical and feasibility studies, designing detailed plans, conducting complex calculations, assessing sustainability and environmental impact, and resolving design and development problems. They also use project management skills to budget and schedule projects, coordinate between clients and construction professionals, and ensure a project meets legal and regulatory requirements.

Required Courses


Engineering Problem Solving I-III
Statics and Mechanics of Materials
Electrical Engineering and Circuits I

Materials and Manufacturing

Engineering Materials
Intermediate Statics and Mechanics of Materials
Elementary Fluid Mechanics


Calculus I-IV
Differential Equations

Civil Engineering

Plane Surveying
Highway Engineering I-II
Environmental Engineering
Reinforced Concrete Design
Steel Design
Structural Analysis and Design
Intro to Soils Engineering
Water Resources
Intro to Foundation Engineering

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Trenchless Technology at Louisiana Tech

Students enrolled in Louisiana Tech’s Civil Engineering program perform research through the University’s Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), a national leading research center that coordinates projects between academia, government, and industry. Its numerous labs give students access to equipment, faculty expertise, and other resources and foster a sense of collaboration among students within the growing field of trenchless construction, or the installation and rehabilitation of underground utility systems with minimal surface disruption and destruction.

The Center’s mission is to advance trenchless technology by serving as a source of knowledge, research, and education in the field. The TTC utilizes a three-pronged approach to accomplish its mission: research and development, education, and technology transfer. Student projects include novel research to develop new technologies and materials for underground construction, and many students conducting research with the center earn awards and scholarships from organizations like the North American Society for Trenchless Technology.

Headshot of Mason Mason MacalusoI chose to study at Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science because of the great engineering programs that it offers. The Civil Engineering curriculum is exciting, and engaging, and provides many opportunities to connect with industry professionals. As a student in the Civil Engineering program, I love how great our professors are. They truly care about each one of their students and demonstrate this through their commitment to our success.

Mason Macaluso '23

Mandeville, Louisiana

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