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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science Degree

Earning a bachelor of science in civil engineering can be the start of a long and successful career. 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. A degree in civil engineering can open 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.

Freshman Applicants

Students applying as freshman should consider applying as early as fall of their senior year in high school. This allows needed time for developing housing plans and submitting financial aid paperwork or securing scholarships.

To apply to for admission online, there are five documents that must be submitted.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants should speak with the Engineering Student Services Center to have transcripts evaluated to find out which credits will transfer to the University of Colorado Denver. To make an appointment call 303-315-7510.

Once this preliminary evaluation is done, students should talk with an advisor in the civil engineering department to develop a curriculum plan for the completion of their bachelor’s degree. To make an appointment call 303-315-7160.

To apply as a transfer student up to five documents may be necessary.

  • Application for undergraduate admission
  • $50 application fee
  • Transcripts from all previous higher education institutions attended
  • High school transcripts or GED if fewer than 30 credit hours of college level course work has been completed
  • ACT or SAT scores if fewer than 13 credit hours of college level course work has been completed

    Any students transferring from other University of Colorado campuses do not need to submit CU transcripts or an application fee. All other requirements as outlined above will still apply.

    For further information on the requested documentation, how to apply by paper application or additional questions, visit the Office of Admissions, call 303-315-5969 or e-mail

Students seeking a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering are required to complete a minimum of 130 credit hours of course work. The curriculum places an emphasis on the study of six areas of civil engineering: structures, environmental, geotechnical, transportation, hydrology and hydraulics, sustainability engineering, urban infrastructure systems and geographic information systems.

In addition to engineering science and design courses, students study mathematics, basic sciences, communications, social sciences and humanities to prepare for work in this diverse profession. Computer skills are also part of the curriculum. They are taught early in the program and used frequently through out later courses, as computer technologies and database management systems are used in many aspects of civil engineering practice today.

For a list of classes students must complete, view the ci​vil engineering undergraduate degree requirements​, which clearly outlines all necessary classes. To see a list of core curriculum classes, visit the university catalog.

You may also reference the Civil Engineering BS Curriculum Chart for a visual guide to the bachelor of science curriculum.

To help monitor students’ degree progress, advisors meet with students freshman through junior year for mandatory advising. When students have less than 30 credit hours of course work remaining, the 30-hour check is completed as well as mandatory advising.​

FE exam

All undergraduate civil engineering students are required to take the FE exam prior to graduation to complete their degree program. You will receive a printed confirmation at the testing center after completing the exam. This confirmation is required for graduation and should be submitted to the civil engineering office in North Classroom 3037. 

Due to changes in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regulations, the exam is administered in January, February, April, May, July and August. On average it takes approximately two weeks to process your application, so plan accordingly.

For more information, contact the Department of Civil Engineering by email or at 303-315-7160.

FE application process (pdf)