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Civil Engineering Major

B.S. in Civil Engineering
Cullen College of Engineering

Degree Plan

Civil Engineering programs prepare students to become instrumental in the design and construction of various elements of the physical environment that surrounds our society. Students learn to design transportation systems, water treatment systems, buildings, and other types of structures. Graduates are prepared to design the infrastructure of society, including roads, dams, bridges, and buildings. They are taught to understand the function of structures within an environment and the mathematics that make the design of those structures possible. Engineers must be able to estimate the impact of their work on the environment by understanding such functions as energy efficiency and finance.


Freshman Admissions

First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements .  In addition, you should also complete the following core courses.

Required High School Courses Unit/Credits
English 4
Social Studies 3
Physics 1
Mechanical Drawing (in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)* 1
Mathematics (including 2 units/credits in algebra, 1 in geometry, and 1/2 in either  elementary analysis or analytical geometry) 4

And obtain the following standardized test scores. 

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total and SAT Critical Reading or ACT Composite and ACT English
Top 10 % 970 and 480 22 and 19
I Quarter 970 and 480 22 and 19
II Quarter 1050 and 480 24 and 19
III Quarter 1180 and 480 26 and 19
IV Quarter Not Admissible

Transfer Admissions

First, applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements . In addition, applicants who have finished 15 semester hours or more need a 2.50 GPA for all college courses taken as well as a 2.50 GPA on all college-level mathematics, chemistry, physics, English, and engineering courses. Applicants should also attempt one college-level math course and at least one physics or chemistry course.  International Student applicants need a TOEFL score of 550 on the written examination, 213 on the computerized test, or 79-80 on the internet based test, unless they meet the terms of the exemption .


Graduates of Civil Engineering find employment holding supervisory or administrative positions, from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others may work in design, construction, research, and teaching. UH Civil Engineering Alumni have received offers as Pipe Designers, Structural Engineers, Design Engineers, Project Engineers, Traffic Engineers, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .

Contact Information

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

N107 Engineering Building 1
Houston, TX 77204-4004
Phone: 713-743-4250
Fax: 713-743-4260

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