Civil and Sustainability Engineering

Civil and Sustainability Engineering graduates have the potential for professional engineering licensure and employment throughout the United States. A wide variety of positions are available in small and large engineering design firms; construction companies; municipalities; state and federal agencies; and the military. Careers include design, field engineering, and project management.

Civil and Sustainability Engineering serves the basic needs of society through the planning, design, and construction of buildings, roads, bridges, water and wastewater distribution and treatment systems, storm water management systems, landfills, water pollution control, and the cleanup of contaminated soils and groundwater. Resource and energy conservation, reuse and recycling of materials, and protection of public health and the environment are intrinsic to the program.

Civil and Sustainability Engineering provides students with education, knowledge, and experience in:

  • Structural analysis
  • Steel and Concrete Design
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment System Design
  • Transportation Systems Design
  • Soil and Groundwater Remediation Design
  • Storm Water Collection System Design
  • Construction Planning and Estimating
  • Construction Materials


Steps to obtain accreditation by EAC/ABET are underway. Accreditation is expected during 2022 and will be retroactive to current students.

Career Outlook 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an overall increase in civil engineering employment of 19.7 percent by the year 2022. This increase is almost twice the rate of overall employment and about three times the increase in all engineering disciplines. In Kentucky, civil engineering is projected to be in the top 20 areas of employment opportunity through 2020 for those careers requiring a bachelor’s degree. Civil engineering is projected to have more employment opportunities than any other engineering discipline by 2020 based on information prepared by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Agency.


University Studies Requirements (42 total hours)

Core Courses (59 total hours)

  • EGR 100T Transitions (1 credit hour)
  • EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CSE 284 Sustainable Design (3 credit hours)
  • CSE 330 Water Quality I (3 credit hours)
  • CSE 331 Water Quality II (3 credit hours)
  • CSE 382 Hydraulics (4 credit hours)
  • CSE 410 Transportation Systems and Design (3 credit hours)
  • CSE 481 Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CSE 482 Steel and Concrete Design (3 credit hours)
  • CSE 483 Construction Materials (4 credit hours)
  • CSE 484 Soil Mechanics and Foundations (4 credit hours)
  • CSE 498 Senior Design I  (3 credit hours)
  • CSE 585 Remediation Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EGR 259 Statics (3 credit hours)
  • EGR 359 Mechanics of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EGR 488 Cooperative Education/Internship (1 credit hour)
  • MAT 338 Ordinary Differential Equations (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 255 Electricity, Magnetism and Light (4 credit hours)
  • PHY 256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light Laboratory (1 credit hour)
  • STA 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 credit hours)

Required Courses (20 total hours)

  • CMA 280 Plane Surveying (3 credit hours)
  • CMA 385 Construction Estimating I (3 credit hours)
  • CMA 480 Construction Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
  • EES 101 The Earth and the Environment (4 credit hours)
  • ENT 393 Engineering Economy (3 credit hours)
  • CMA 107 Introduction to Technical Drawing and Computer Aided Drafting (4 credit hours)

Total Curriculum Requirements (121 hours)

Contact Us

Dr. Mike Kemp

CSE Program Coordinator
School of Engineering

Dr. Danny Claiborne

School of Engineering

Department Phone Number: 270.809.2993

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