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Program Overview

Program Overview

Building: it’s what civil engineers do. Skyscrapers, bridges, roads, fresh water systems and wastewater treatment plants are all designed and constructed with the input of civil engineers. This process, though continually evolving, is one that has been revered since ancient times, and engineers remain a cornerstone of society.

Study everything civil engineering encompasses: structural, environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic and more. Hone the technical skills of design and construction in our brand new building, Fields Engineering Center. Our elite faculty and collaborative foundation will provide the landscape for you to thrive in our rigorous program.

Even more importantly, you will learn how to learn — all that we do is designed to prepare you for the life-long learning that will sustain you through a professional career filled with technological advancement. You’ll leave this place with valuable skills and join your peers studying in top-ranked graduate programs or working for some of the world’s best companies.

Our program is ABET-accredited.



Specific courses required within civil engineering:

  • BI 3123 - Engineering Ethics: Redemption and Technology
  • EN 3143 - Technical Writing
  • ESS 1024 - The science of green living
  • CEE 3413 - Construction

Courses for major (97 hours):

  • CM 1113 - General Chemistry I
  • CM 1123 - General Chemistry II
  • CM 1211 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CM 1221 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CEE 1123 - Fundamentals of Engineering Design
  • CEE 2113 - Statics
  • CEE 2123 - Dynamics
  • CEE 2133 - Surveying and Geomatics
  • CEE 3113 - Strength of Materials
  • CEE 3211 - Solid Mechanics and Materials Laboratory
  • CEE 3213 - Structural Analysis
  • CEE 3313 - Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 3413 - Construction
  • CEE 3443 - Civil Engineering Materials
  • CEE 3451 - CE Construction Materials Lab
  • CEE 3513 - Transportation Engineering I
  • CEE 3613 - Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 3621 - Hydraulics Laboratory
  • CEE 3713 - Geotechnical Engineering
  • CEE 3721 - Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
  • ENGR 0110 - Professional Development and Networking
  • ENGR 1113 - Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 3303 - Applied Mathematics
  • ENGR 3943 - Engineering Economy and Planning
  • ENGR 4943 - Interdisciplinary Design I
  • ENGR 4953 - Interdisciplinary Design II
  • MA 1314 - Calculus I
  • MA 2314 - Calculus II
  • MA 2324 - Calculus III
  • MA 3133 - Differential Equations
  • PH 2414 - General Physics I

Five Civil Engineering Specialty Electives (15 semester hours) chosen from:

  • CEE 4213 - Reinforced Concrete Structural Design
  • CEE 4223 - Structural Steel Design
  • CEE 4313 - Water and Wastewater
  • CEE 4413 - Construction Project Planning and Management
  • CEE 4513 - Transportation Engineering II
  • CEE 4613 - Urban Hydrology and Hydraulic Systems
  • CEE 4713 - Foundation Engineering



The minor in applied mathematics is automatically satisfied.

MA 1314 - Calculus I (4) F, SP, SUmust be taken during the fall semester of the freshman year in order to enroll in PH 2414 during the spring semester. Otherwise, completion of the program may require more than eight semesters. Students who are not eligible to begin in the calculus sequence should consider enrolling in MA 1123 in the summer session.


Job placement rate


Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Our Faculty

  • Todd Lynn

    Todd Lynn

    Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    With over 20 years of experience with pavement materials testing, design, research and product development, Todd Lynn comes to Lipscomb University from Thunderhead Testing, LLC, a construction materials testing and...

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  • Mark McDonald

    Mark McDonald

    Professor of Practice, Civil Engineering

    McDonald brings a wealth of recognition in research and teaching to the classroom. He was awarded the Military Operations Research Journal award in 2012 for the best paper submitted in...

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  • Chris Gwaltney

    Chris Gwaltney

    Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Gwaltney holds a Professional Engineering license in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana with 10 years work experience in the geotechnical engineering design and construction industry. His specific areas of interest include...

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Career Paths

Civil Engineering Technicians

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.

Civil Engineers

Civil engineers conceive, design, build, supervise, operate, construct, and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

Health and Safety Engineers

Health and safety engineers develop procedures and design systems to protect people from illness and injury and property from damage. They combine knowledge of engineering and of health and safety to make sure that chemicals, machinery, software, furniture, and other products will not cause harm to people or damage to property.