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Civil Engineering includes the location, design, construction, and the operation and maintenance of highways, airports, buildings, bridges, dams, water supply and distribution systems, waste water collection systems and treatment plants, irrigation and drainage systems, river and harbor improvements and many other infrastructure facilities essential in modern life.
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Civil Engineers make up the oldest branch of the engineering profession. Civil engineers plan, design, construct, and maintain the facilities that make our modern civilization possible. This includes water and wastewater treatment plants, city streets, residential subdivisions, landfills, highways, bridges, tall commercial buildings, airports, and other structures. Areas of technical expertise at SDSU include structural engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation, water resources engineering, and hydraulics. Civil Engineers pursue licensure as Professional Engineers and part of qualifying for licensure is earning a degree from an accredited Bachelor's of Science program.
As with all engineering disciplines, civil engineering is founded in mathematics and scientific principles. It is very important to take as many mathematics and science courses as possible while in high school. Courses in drafting, drawing, or Computer Aided Design are also useful. Good communication skills are necessary to be successful as an engineer as well. For more information on the Civil Engineering program and it's requirements, visit the SDSU on-line catalog page for the Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering.