FAQs, Civil Engineering
What is civil engineering?
Civil engineers build the world's infrastructure. In doing so, they have shaped the histories and destinies of every nation. The definition listed on the website of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) says that “Civil engineering is the design and maintenance of public works such as roads, bridges, water and energy systems, as well as public facilities like ports, railways and airports.” Most people would be surprised by how much their lives are influenced by civil engineers: airport design and development, dams, the interstate highway system, long-span bridges, railroads, skyscrapers, landfills, wastewater treatment, water supply, and distribution—civil engineers are instrumental in creating all these types of projects. And the world’s most iconic structures (think “Brooklyn Bridge” or “Eiffel Tower”) were built by civil engineers.
What is the best way to learn about the civil engineering program at Widener?
Widener University hosts a number of options for visiting campus throughout the year. In addition, the School of Engineering offers a number of outreach activities for high school students.
What are the advantages of attending college at Widener University?
Some of the advantages include a small student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1 in engineering, optional four-year co-op program, optional living learning community for engineering freshmen, and a campus located in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Our faculty and staff are focused on the success of each student and provide students with personal attention to allow them to reach their maximum potential.
Can I do co-op and graduate in four years?
Yes. Our optional co-op program is highly recommended and provides qualified students with an opportunity to complete up to 12 months of co-op employment in industry and government agencies and earn their undergraduate degree in just four years. The co-op office has a staff dedicated to connecting students with potential employers to find meaningful engineering jobs in the region and beyond.
How can I learn about the research opportunities in civil engineering for undergraduates?
Please visit the department website to learn about some of the ongoing research opportunities.
What can I do now to prepare for the civil engineering program at Widener?
We recommend courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics, preferably at the honors or AP level. Refer to the undergraduate catalog for basic curriculum requirements for admission. Please visit Admissions for additional information.
Is the civil engineering program accredited?
The civil engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone: 410-347-7700. We are proud of the fact that the School of Engineering has been successful in continuously accrediting all of its current programs following their inception. Assessment of student learning at Widener is an ongoing process that is designed to meet or exceed accreditation standards.
What are the job prospects for graduates?
Our faculty members work closely with focus groups from industry and government to develop curricula designed to prepare students for successful careers and for graduate studies. Co-op and internship employment provides employers with an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the caliber of our students and the strength of our programs. In addition, co-op and internship employment provide students with excellent networking opportunities and allows them to demonstrate to employers their potential to make positive contributions to businesses. They are often recruited in their senior year for full-time positions in the same companies.
Does the School of Engineering have an industry advisory board?
Our advisory board, which includes leaders from local and global industries, plays an important role in aligning our mission and educational objectives with current needs and emerging trends in engineering and technology.
What is the tuition cost?
Tuition cost can be found on the Tuition & Fees page.
How do I apply to the engineering program?
Apply online through the Admissions office.