Is Engineering for You?
Engineering is the application of science to the well-being, safety, comfort, and productivity of society. Engineers design systems and ensure that efficient and durable versions of these systems are built. They work with people. They solve technical and social problems through the development of physical systems, processes, and the use of modern materials. If this kind of challenge and work appeals to you, then by all means consider engineering as a career choice.
Is Civil Engineering for You?
Ever construct things with Legos? or make a bridge from Kinex? Build a ramp for your bike or wonder how tall concrete buildings stand up to elements in the natural world? Kids are very creative and for many, the questions don't stop there. Since ancient times, humans have had to work out how to use materials to build structures, roads, infrastructure .........the early civil engineers who tinkered with those basic ideas went on to design, build, and maintain the foundation for our roads and bridges, clean water and energy systems, marine ports, inland ports and airports. Civil Engineers also manage projects and the people involved in building those projects.
Explore Civil Engineering now!
- Tell me more about becoming a Civil Engineer
- See how people just like you make a difference with a degree in civil engineering
- Montana State University Civil Engineering Department's mission to you
In the field, Civil Engineers can specialize in no less than 13 sub disciplines. At MSU we offer a curriculum rich in professional electives in specialization within 7 of those civil engineering disciplines. With nationally recognized research and teaching faculty and industry professionals in the classrooms and labs, students can focus in the following specialties:
- Geotechnical engineers conduct construction site surveys; design earthworks, retraining walls, and foundations; handle soil contamination problems.
- Structural engineers plan and design buildings, bridges, tunnels, dams, and other systems in which structural elements are used.
- Transportation engineers plan, design, operate, and maintain highway systems, railways, subways, airports, and pipelines.
- Water resources engineers plan and design water collection and distribution systems; develop flood control and hydroelectric power installations.
- Environmental engineers plan, design, and operate facilities that protect humans from adverse environmental conditions and that protect the environment from adverse human activity.
- Construction engineers plan and supervise construction of facilities designed by other civil engineers.
- Surveyors produce measurements that are required for civil engineering planning and construction activities.
Learn more about our Bachelor of Science Degree Programs and options for Minors that will add value to your degree
Fun Fact: Did you know a civil engineer created the slippery part of the water slide? A civil engineer designed a pumping system to circulate just the right amount of water to the flume. Without the right flow of water, there is no ride. Additionally, civil engineers have designed the slide to withstand the weight of people, the water, and even the force of the wind blowing on it.
Why choose Montana State University?
- Receive a quality education with affordable costs and excellent access to faculty and research opportunities.
- Work alongside 25 faculty members with expertise across all civil engineering disciplines.
- Live in a prime location! Bozeman is known for its quality of life, excellent outdoor recreation and access to civic and cultural activities.
Shape the world’s infrastructure with a master’s degree
- This is the time! Be among the next generation of leaders who will meet future infrastructure needs: engineers to plan, create and construct building, bridges and roads that improve people’s lives and protect the environment.
- Use an advanced degree to meet your career goals in a modern, global economy.
- Demonstrate to employers your ability to blend teamwork, integrity, technology and sustainability.
Shape the future of civil engineering with a Ph.D.
- Earn a Ph.D. in Engineering to leverage increasingly sophisticated technology.
- Choose a teaching career if you want to help keep the U.S. at the top of our engineering game.
- Inspire and work alongside the next generation as they take on global challenges.
- Tackle society’s most vexing problems with your own research discoveries.
- Create new materials and methods to make roads, bridges and buildings safer and more durable.
- Protect the natural world by meeting human needs in novel ways.
- Choose among 11 fields of study—from Construction Engineering to Water Resource Engineering—to solve the problems that most intrigue you.
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Our students' experience
“The Civil Engineering Graduate program at MSU allowed me to jump straight into a career in engineering giving me the necessary vocabulary to immediately begin communicating with other engineers and professionals in my field. My employer was able to immediately assign me tasks with minimal on-the-job training. Furthermore, I was able to bring new ideas to the company as a result of my research and knowledge of leading-edge practices and technologies.”
- Shane Forsythe, MSCE, 2010 Traffic Engineering Specialist
"With a master's degree, I am gaining additional tools and skills to help me provide my clients with quality engineering services. Such tools and skills include, but are not limited to, problem solving, technical writing, applying complex mathematics to engineering problems, computer modeling, software coding, communicating orally and in writing, providing leadership, and logical thinking. I anticipate that these new skills and tools will provide opportunities to practice internationally, start a firm, and work in academia."
- Mark Juras, MSCE, enrolled in 2016