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Civil Engineering

Bring together knowledge of material properties and structural design to prepare for careers that provide society with vital infrastructure including roads, buildings, bridges, transit systems and water treatment systems.

Civil Engineering – B.S. in Civil Engineering

Students in the Civil Engineering program at Montana State learn how to design and build the big things that society relies on: roads, bridges, buildings, water treatment plants and more. Whether touring a construction site during class or working with a professor on research to make new kinds of high-strength concrete, Civil Engineering students are afforded a variety of opportunities to develop skills that will serve them in positions in construction, transportation, structural engineering and more.



In the Design Unit at Montana State, civil engineering undergraduates work on real projects to lighten the load for Montana Department of Transportation, where many graduates will then go on to work.



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Tradition of Excellence
Several of the largest construction companies in Montana and the region, including Sletten Construction and Morrison-Maierle, have close ties to Montana State and hire many of our graduates.

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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the Top 3 in the West, after Stanford and Cal Tech, in recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.

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Hands-On Learning
With the capstone senior design project, engineering students work in teams to help organizations, companies and MSU researchers solve real-world problems.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Civil Engineering students at Montana State go into careers such as:

  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.