Graduates Professor and student engineering campus visit lab

Civil engineers engage in a wide range of activities such as research, design, development, management, and the control of engineering systems and their components. With today’s fast-paced technological changes, civil engineering provides unique and unlimited career opportunities in areas such as bridges, harbors, airports, highways, railroads and more. Civil Engineering is a people serving profession and as
such is vital to the world’s economic,
political, and social well-being.

Civil engineers work in many different industries:

  • Construction, utility companies, oil companies
  • Telecommunications businesses
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Railroads, airports, road construction
  • Engineering, architectural consulting companies
  • City, state and federal government
  • Department of Transportation
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Department of Energy

Take the first step!

The first step toward your future in civil engineering begins right now with a connection to Ryan Litchfield, our coordinator of high school recruiting, who can help you learn more about the great programs in the College of Engineering, arrange a campus visit, talk to a current student, explore scholarship possibilities and more. Email or call 409-880-7097.

Department Spotlight


Faculty Fellowship and NSF Grant Awarded 

Dr. Qin Qian, Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has recently received NSF MRI project: “Acquisition of Equipment to Develop an Ubiquitous Wireless Sensor Network for Measurement, Modeling, and Prediction in Water Resource Management”. This project is to achieve a potentially transformative change in water resource management through application of state-of-the-art Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) technology. Dr. Qian has also been selected as Presidential Faculty Research Fellowships from Lamar University in 2014.


Distinguished Faculty Lecture 

Lamar University has honored Jerry Lin, professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, as the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer . Dr. Lin presented the lecture titled “Chasing Quicksilver: from an Emperor’s Tomb to the Global Environment” on October 20, 2014 in the University Theatre with full audience. The event, open to the public, was sponsored by ExxonMobil and hosted by Lamar University Faculty Senate.