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Civil Engineering Degree Frequently Asked Questions

Looking to participate in the Civil Engineering Program? Here are some frequently asked questions from interested students.

  1. What type of student should pursue civil engineering as a major?
  2. How does Mount Union's Civil Engineering Program compare to other programs in Northeast Ohio?
  3. Why should I study civil engineering at Mount Union?
  4. What can I expect to learn as a civil engineering student?
  5. What is the International Engineering Field Experience?
  6. What types of hands-on learning can I expect in Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program?
  7. What is the Civil Engineering Senior Design Capstone Project?
  8. What is a typical civil engineering class size?
  9. What types of facilities and equipment will be available to civil engineering students?
  10. Is Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program accredited?
  11. What are the required courses for civil engineering?
  12. How many internships can a civil engineering student complete?
  13. What organizations can I join as a civil engineering student?
  14. What types of jobs can I expect with a civil engineering degree?
  15. Can I transfer credits from another university?
  16. Who do I contact if I have questions about the admission process?
  17. Who do I contact if I have questions about Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program?

What type of student should pursue civil engineering as a major?
Civil engineering is an exciting and broad field that encompasses many disciplines. If you are interested in the planning, designing, constructing and maintaining of infrastructures then you should consider civil engineering for your major and career. Infrastructure includes roads, buildings, bridges, water supply, wastewater treatment plants, sewers, power plants, dams, airports, levees and railroads, to mention a few. 

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How does Mount Union's Civil Engineering Program compare to other programs in Northeast Ohio?
Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program distinguishes itself from other Northeast Ohio programs because of its four pillars of exceptional engineering education and rigorous curriculum. For example, engineering students at Mount Union are required to study abroad through a short, faculty-led trip to work on field projects that address global engineering challenges. Students are exposed to extensive hands-on, real-world engineering through lab and field experiences, internships, undergraduate research, service-learning, senior design capstone projects and student competitions. Mount Union’s strong roots in the liberal arts will provide students with a well-rounded education and develop them into effective communicators who can think critically, solve complex problems and create the next innovations that will move society forward more effectively and efficiently. In addition, engineering students will work alongside business majors at the University to understand the economics of an engineering project. Learn more about Mount Union’s four pillars of exceptional engineering education.

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Why should I study civil engineering at Mount Union?
Some of the key reasons why you should study civil engineering at Mount Union include the small class sizes that allow for strong bonds between students and faculty, required international field experience, intensely hands-on curriculum, a strong liberal arts foundation that emphasizes effective communication skills, new and state-of-the-art lab facilities and equipment, yearlong senior design capstone project driven by real-world applications and a high placement rate in internship opportunities. Through Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program, you’ll have a deeper understanding of real-world engineering and the hands-on experience to back it up.

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What can I expect to learn as a civil engineering student?
You should expect to be proficient in the following fields:

  • Structural engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Hydraulic engineering

In addition you would also learn about:

  • Transportation engineering
  • Construction

You will become a competent civil engineer, effective communicator, team player, understand the importance of life-long learning and be aware of global issues.

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What is the International Engineering Field Experience?
Mount Union engineering students are required to travel abroad for a 10-day, faculty-led engineering trip after their junior year. While abroad, students will work on field projects that address global engineering challenges such as clean water, sanitation, low-cost energy, sustainable infrastructure and health solutions. For example, in May 2013, students traveled to Belize for 10 days to build a storm water control system and man-made sea wall. Learn more about Mount Union’s International Engineering Field Experience.

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What types of hands-on learning can I expect in Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program?
Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program has been designed with a strong focus on hands-on, experiential learning. This means that most civil engineering courses, beginning in the student’s freshman year, will include a hands-on class project or lab, giving the student a real-world experience of engineering. Recent engineering projects include designing well pads for oil and gas horizontal drilling, building windmills, surveying potential construction sites and building a man-made sea wall in another country. Learn more about Mount Union’s hands-on learning opportunities.

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What is the Civil Engineering Senior Design Capstone Project?
Senior civil engineering majors at Mount Union participate in a yearlong senior design capstone project. Projects are hands-on and give students an opportunity to see real-world application of all areas of civil engineering including roadways, structures, construction, environmental and hydraulics. Civil engineering majors are introduced to a real-world project, which is taken from conception to finalization during the senior year. For example, in 2013-2014, the capstone project involved the feasibility of constructing a well pad in Carroll County, Ohio. The project included five major parts to be designed: erosion and sediment control, a haul route design, design of well pad access drive, well pad design, and an alternative haul route design. All five components were designed to meet civil engineering standards; furthermore, the project included cost estimates to determine the financial feasibility. Learn more about Mount Union’s civil engineering senior design capstone project.

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What is a typical civil engineering class size?
Approximately 10 students are enrolled in each civil engineering class at Mount Union. Hear from Alana Dawson, a freshman civil engineering major of Coshocton, OH and Hannah Suder, a sophomore civil engineering major of Cochranton, PA. Learn more about Mount Union's civil engineering major

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What types of facilities and equipment will be available to civil engineering students?
Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program is housed in the Engineering and Business Building (EBB), which was renovated in 2010 under silver LEED-certified standards. Civil engineering students benefit from a structural and geotechnical projects lab, environmental engineering lab, fluids and thermal sciences lab, mechanics and materials lab and mechanical systems lab. In addition, engineering students have 24/7 access to the engineering computer lab which is equipped with a variety of sophisticated engineering software. Some of the civil engineering equipment accessible to civil engineering students includes a water flume, concrete compressive and tensile strength machine, concrete mixer, triaxial test machine, jar test flocculator, surveying equipment and much more. In addition, students will be trained to use industry-standard software such as AutoCad, Civil 3D, RISA 2D, SolidWorks and Matlab. Learn more about Mount Union’s civil engineering facilities and equipment.

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Is Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program accredited?
The University of Mount Unionhas developed its engineering (civil and mechanical) programs following the guidelines of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The University will seek full accreditation for both engineering programs by following the timeline outlined by ABET when the first students graduate from the programs. The accreditation process is long, but much progress is being made. In fact, Mount Union has already submitted its preliminary civil engineering accreditation report to ABET and was approved to go for the full accreditation visit in Fall 2014. The engineering accreditation process will take until summer 2015 to conclude. Learn more about the accreditation of Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program.

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What are the required courses for civil engineering?
Mount Union’s civil engineering curriculum consists of 128 credit hours and is designed to be completed in four academic years. Civil engineering majors will take courses such as Water Resources Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Surveying, Material Science, Introduction to Engineering Analysis and Design, Physics, Calculus, Project Management and Senior Design Capstone. Learn more about Mount Union’s civil engineering curriculum.

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How many internships can a civil engineering student complete?
Internships are invaluable in preparing engineering students for the real world of engineering, and the internship opportunities are abundant for Mount Union’s civil engineering students. Last Academic Year, 80% of civil engineering students were able to participate in internship experiences. Students have been able to benefit from interning with highly successful companies and agencies such as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Learn more about Mount Union’s civil engineering internships.

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What organizations can I join as a civil engineering student?
Civil engineering students have the opportunity to join Mount Union’s Engineering Club. In addition, students can also explore 80+ student organizations available at Mount Union. Learn more about Mount Union’s hands-on learning opportunities.

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What types of jobs can I expect with a civil engineering degree?
According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the field of civil engineering is projected to grow 20% over the course of the next decade, faster than the average for all occupations. Mount Union’s program in civil engineering is focused on preparing students to meet this demand so that graduates can lead efforts to rebuild the bridges, repair the roads and upgrade the levees and dams of our country’s aging infrastructure. You will be prepared to work in a number of specialties including structural, water-related, environmental, , transportation and geotechnical. Learn more about civil engineering careers.

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Can I transfer credits from another university?
Yes. The chair of the Department of Engineering, in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar, will review your transcripts to determine what equivalent credits will transfer to Mount Union.

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Who do I contact if I have questions about the admission process?
You may contact the Office of Admission at admission@mountunion.edu.

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Who do I contact if I have questions about Mount Union’s Civil Engineering Program?
You may contact Dr. Osama Jadaan, chair of the Department of Engineering, at (330) 823-5989 or jadaanos@mountunion.edu.

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