Civil Engineering | LSU Majors

Civil Engineering

You want to design and improve the structures and infrastructure in the modern world to help keep people and cities safe, mobile, and resilient.

About Civil Engineering

Civil engineers work on the design, construction, and maintenance of the infrastructure systems we use every day and/or in surveying and coastal subsidence projects. Sub-disciplines include: mechanics of materials (steel, concrete, timber, pavement etc.), structures (bridges, buildings, etc.), water resources (rivers, levees, etc.), transportation (traffic systems, highways, and roadways), geotechnical (soils, foundations, and coastal subsidence), and geodesy (surveying). Graduates may work for structural design firms or the petrochemical industry, but often work for government entities such as the Department of Transportation or U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Sample Course Plan

This is to be used as a guide for prospective students to get an idea of what courses are taken with this program. The General Catalog houses the most accurate and current degree requirements for each program at LSU.


Legend:  Major-Specific Engineering Other Engineering Science Math General Education



Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Introduction to Civil Engineering Practice Statics Fluid Mechanics Lab Capstone Design Project
General Chemistry I Fluid Mechanics Mechanics of Materials (Strengths) Lab Design Elective in Geotechnical or Transportation
General Chemistry II Mechanics of Materials (Strengths) Plane Surveying and Measurements Professional Issues and Concept Design in Civil Engineering
General Geology: Physical Dynamics and Vibrations Geotechnical Engineering Hydrology
Physics I: Particle Mechanics Engineering Materials Lab Geotechnical Engineering Lab Analysis or Design Elective in Civil Engineering
Basic Science Lab Elective Circuits Structural Analysis Technical or Design Elective in Civil Engineering
Calculus I: Differential Calculus in One Dimension Physics II: Fluids, Thermodynamics, Waves, and Modern Physics Principles of Reinforced Concrete General Ed: Social Sciences
Calculus II: Integral Calculus in One Dimension Into to Statistics Principles of Highway and Traffic Engineering General Ed: Humanities
General Ed: English Comp I Elementary Differential Equations Water Resources Engineering General Ed: Humanities
General Ed: Life Science Calculus III: Multidimensional Integral and Differential Calculus Water/Waste Treatment General Ed: Humanities
  General Ed: Arts Principles of Micro and Macro Economics  
    General Ed: English Comp II  

Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

  • 24 hours of credit in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • grade of “C” or better in MATH 1550

Senior College

College of Engineering


B.S.C.E., Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Course Load by Subject Area

  • Math:  High Intensity
  • Lab Hours or Field Work:  Medium Intensity
  • Science:  Medium Intensity
  • Electives:  Low Intensity
  • Social Studies:  Low Intensity

Learn more about course loads and subject areas

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