Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is the oldest and broadest engineering discipline, concerned with the development of the built environment. This encompasses various infrastructure components that modern civilization requires for existence. Buildings, bridges and dams are some of the structural components designed by Structural Engineers. Planning for water treatment facilities, water resources, waste disposal, and environmental remediation are managed by Water Resource and Environmental Engineers. Roads, highways, airports, light-rail systems, waterways and canals, and railroad systems are designed by Transportation engineers and development of foundations for buildings, study of the mechanics of soil, foundation design, and earthquake mitigation are done by the Geotechnical engineers. Civil Engineering is an intensely exciting profession that prepares you to potentially design and build the largest to the smallest man-made structures.


The Civil Engineering curriculum is designed with these broad-based qualities required for a civil engineering graduate that will improve your critical thinking, communication skills, mathematical aptitude and your ability for teamwork. The undergraduate civil engineering program at WT has received ABET accreditation which guarantees that this educational program has the required standards of quality being maintained.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering program at WT focuses on a collaborative, hands-on approach to education and research and emphasizes on real-world applications. Civil Engineering faculty at WT engages with industry and government on a broad range of research topics relevant to environmental study, structural, transportation, geotechnical engineering, water resources, and sustainable development and mechanics.


⇒See our Civil Engineering Specialization document for more details.

General/Structural (GS)

You may want consider this specialization if you—

  • Have an interest in structural, transportation, geotechnical, or construction engineering
  • Want to complete the breadth and depth of the civil engineering curriculum
  • Work for government or a consulting engineering firm
  • Anticipate taking the FE/PE in civil engineering
  • Put a marketable skill/specialty on your resume
  • Think that you may go to graduate school in a program which is targeted towards structural engineering.

Environmental/Water Resources (EWR)

You may want to consider this specialization if you -

  • Have a desire to pursue a civil engineering degree but a passion towards water and other environmental related areas
  • Want to learn more about environmental engineering beyond introduction to environmental engineering
  • Anticipate taking the FE/PE in civil engineering or environmental engineering
  • Want to work for an environmental services firm or an environmental division within a larger company
  • Want to have a head-start on any career which is directed towards the field of water in general
  • Think you might go to graduate school in either a civil engineering program that has a large environmental emphasis OR an actual graduate program in environmental engineering


Ms. Vicky Buckelew
College of Engineering
(806) 651-5258
Dr. Emily Hunt
Dean, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Building 122
(806) 651-5257