Bachelor of Science

At CU Denver, a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering opens the door to many areas of study including transportation and highways, hydrology and wastewater systems, structures and bridges, environmental and sustainability issues and geotechnical and earth design. Given the increase in population, the continuing development of second- and third-world countries and the eventual degradation of city infrastructure, civil engineers will always be in demand. 


The undergraduate civil engineering curriculum places an emphasis on the study of six areas of civil engineering: structures, environmental, geotechnical, transportation, hydrology and hydraulics and construction.

The civil engineering bachelor of science degree is comprised of 130 credit hours. Students are required to complete the following minimum program requirements:

  • 24 credit hours of CU Denver core curriculum coursework
  • A minimum of 33 credit hours of required math and basic science courses
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours design courses
  • A minimum of 61 credit hours of civil engineering core curriculum coursework, including 9 credit hours of elective coursework

You may also reference the degree map as a guide to the bachelor of science curriculum.

4+1 programs: Civil Engineering BS/MS

The 4+1 programs in civil engineering provides high-performing and motivated undergraduate students the opportunity to begin graduate work at the master’s level while completing the undergraduate degree in civil engineering. This accelerates the time to obtain a graduate degree for the student, saving both time and expense.

Learn more about the 4+1 programs.

$71,101 / year

Average starting salary

Civil Engineering Career Fields

transportation, water treatment, structural, environmental, geotechnical, construction, municipal, coastal, forensic