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Civil Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering degree at the University of Mount Union prides itself on providing individual attention to help students become proficient in structural, hydraulic, and environmental engineering, among others. Our civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and provides students with hands-on experiences and internship opportunities throughout their undergraduate career. (

Civil engineering, along with mechanical engineering, are currently offered at the University of Mount Union as four-year ABET accredited degree programs. The University recently added three new engineering programs – biomedical, computer, and electrical engineering.


Courses in Civil Engineering

The civil engineering program requires 134-credit hours of coursework, which also fulfills the University’s requirements for its general education program, the Integrative Core. Mount Union’s civil engineering major provides an experience that stems from its “Four Pillars of Exceptional Engineering Education.


Featured Courses

Water Resource Engineering

This course provides students with theoretical background in closed-conduit hydraulics, open channel hydraulics, and hydrology applied to civil engineering design. This course introduces students to a) the quantification of water flows in the hydrologic cycle, b) the design of simple water distribution networks, and c) the principles of uniform and gradually varied open channel flow. There is a design project and a two hour lab associated with this course.

Geotechnical Engineering Design

In this course students will apply knowledge of geotechnical engineering theory to the design of foundations and retaining walls. Use knowledge of shear strength, bearing capacity, and lateral earth pressures in their designs. Design topics discussed will include both shallow and deep foundation design along with wall and geotextile design.

The entire civil engineering curriculum can be found below.

Experiential Learning

Requirements for the civil engineering degree include a faculty-led international field experience and a senior design capstone project. Students gain practical experience in the field while making a difference—and relishing in the opportunity to partake in an unforgettable experience! 


Program Mission and Objectives


The mission of the civil engineering program is to provide a comprehensive, rigorous, hands-on engineering education in a quality and conducive learning environment; providing students with the skills and competencies necessary for employment or career advancement as civil engineers. Our graduates will be equipped for life-long learning necessary for professional practice and advanced studies. We will prepare our students to be the technical, business, and global leaders of tomorrow. 


Graduates of the University of Mount Union's Civil Engineering Program will achieve:

  1. Fulfilling lives by pursuing licensure, advanced studies, and/or alternate career paths.
  2. Meaningful work by applying their strong Civil Engineering, problem solving, business, leadership, and communication skills to meet the expectations of their employers and society.
  3. Responsible citizenship by serving the Civil Engineering profession and their community locally, nationally, and internationally.


At the time of graduation, Civil Engineering students will have achieved the following Student Outcomes:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Civil Engineering Spotlights