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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is the most diverse engineering field. Depending on where you work, you may work on: airports, bridges, buildings, canals, dams, environmental cleanup, excavations, harbors, highways, industrial facilities, landfills, construction or demolition, piers, pipelines, reservoirs, roads, site planning, tunnels, Navy Seabees, and water and wastewater treatment plants.

The possibilities are almost endless.

At Detroit Mercy, we'll help you realize your civil engineering potential with personalized attention from faculty well-connected to industry partners.  Our classes are never taught by graduate students. 

As part of Detroit Mercy's mission, you'll solve real engineering problems for a community partner with your senior Capstone project.  One such project assisted a local church with water treatment options.

You'll also gain professional experience in our mandatory co-op placements.  You'll have the opportunity to earn a salary while working as an engineer with one of our industry partners beginning after your freshman year.  By the time you graduate, you'll be able to confidently indicate - "I have experience."

Outside of the classroom, you can become a student member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and participate in the annual concrete canoe competition.

This is an exciting time to be an engineer in Detroit.  There are plenty of opportunities now and well into the future for you to make a difference in our city. 

Whether you're interested in designing structures, construction, transportation or environmental, a civil engineering degree from Detroit Mercy will train you with a professional mindset for your career.

By the time you graduate, almost all of our students have multiple employment or graduate school offers waiting.

  • Undergradate
    The Civil Engineering program provides fundamental tools to meet changing societal engineering needs and expectations. Learn more
  • Graduate
    Detroit Mercy offers exciting Masters programs to further your education. Learn more

Not sure which program is right for you?


    Compare Architectural with Civil Engineering

    Civil and Architectural Engineers both work on the design of buildings.  You can work in building design and construction with any of these degrees: Architecture, Architectural Engineering, or Civil Engineering.  All focus on different aspects of building design.  Architects focus on comfort, and aesthetics.  Engineers focus on how to construct the structures. Both focus on economics and usefulness, but in different ways.  Architectural Engineers do both.

    Historically, Architecture and Structural Civil Engineering were the same field.  Structures is a focal area within Civil Engineering that focuses on buildings and bridges.  Architectural engineering is bringing together the architectural and engineering aspects of building design.

    Civil Engineering:

    Buildings or structures is only one area of Civil Engineering.  Civil Engineering is very diverse.  CE graduates can design water treatment facilities, dams, roads, transit systems, and bridges in addition to buildings.  If you liked your math and science courses in high school more than the other courses, then you may enjoy engineering more than architecture.  You can focus within any of those areas of CE or take a general set of courses.  (Learn more: Civil Engineering)


    Architecture can be more than buildings.   It can be designing and renovating spaces within buildings or working with community groups to create neighbor revitalization plans.  If you least enjoyed math and science in high school, but most enjoy art and the other courses, then you may enjoy architecture the most.  (Learn more: Architecture)

    Architectural Engineering:

    Architectural Engineering is for students who liked their math/science in high school, but also have a creative side in art or etc.  Detroit Mercy's program is unique because the first year for Architecture and Architectural Engineering take the same courses.  If you go into Architectural Engineering, you will also see what it is like to be an Architecture student.  This will help in deciding.

    Within Architectural Engineering, there are three main areas: Structural, Mechanical & Electrical, and Construction.  If you like working outside, then think about managing construction.  If you like doing calculations, but also visioning what buildings look like, then think about the structural area.  If you want to create energy efficient designs then think about the mechanical & electrical area.  You may focus in one of these areas or take a general set of courses.  (Learn more: Architectural Engineering)


    Compare Environmental with Civil Engineering

    Environmental Engineering students study how to design pollution control systems and determine how to clean up environmental problems.  Alternatively, Civil Engineers learn about diverse areas of engineering. They design dams, roads, buildings and transit systems.  In addition to traditional environmental areas such as water treatment facilities or landfills.

    Environmental Engineers can sometimes become very specialized.  At Detroit Mercy, Environmental Engineering students take many courses in Civil Engineering so that they have a very diverse background.  This provides you more possibilities for career placement after graduation compared to other environmental engineering programs.  If an environmental student wants to deeply specialize, then they can take graduate level courses in specific areas such as water or ground/land pollution.

    Not sure which path to follow?  That's ok.  The curriculum is similar during your freshman year.  Your academic advisor can help you make that decision after you've taken some courses.  Even seniors working on their final project can focus on the civil side, the environmental side or the whole scope of a project.

    Learn more about Environmental Engineering.

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