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Civil and Architectural Engineering


Find your degree

Whether you choose to pursue a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, an integrated bachelor-master's degree in architectural engineering, or a graduate degree in civil or construction engineering, you’ll see why the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering enjoys an excellent reputation with employers in all these engineering disciplines.

Not only do we offer architectural and civil engineering programs fully accredited by ABET, our professors are continuously revitalizing the curricula to prepare graduates to serve the needs of the society as well as the built and natural environment. Our professors perform practical research and projects with areas of specialization that make them highly qualified to teach in their fields.

Additionally, the department was one of the first in the country to align student outcomes with CEBOK3, also known as the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, which defines the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to enter the field of civil engineering at the professional level.

Featured Programs

The University has a selective admissions process, the objective of which is to identify men and women who have the highest potential for advancement in their chosen field of study.

Integrated Bachelor’s + Master’s

Architectural Engineering

Architectural engineers analyze the site, building orientation, and exposure; design the heating, cooling, lighting, and power distribution systems; ensure fire protection; and design the structural elements of the building.

Bachelor of Science

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers are leaders in the design, construction, and maintenance of the infrastructure society depends upon, including airports, bridges, buildings, highways, ports, and waterways.

As an architectural, civil or construction engineering student, you may:

  • Develop teamwork, leadership and networking skills through concrete canoe, steel bridge, and other design competitions, as well as student chapters of professional groups such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI)
  • Participate in applied research in state-of-the-art testing laboratories
  • Work in labs that specialize in structural, geotechnical, transportation, materials, environmental, and water resource engineering, mechanical systems, and lighting/electrical systems
  • Test your theories in the Nabil Grace Center of Innovative Materials Research (CIMR), an advanced laboratory for the research, development, and testing of carbon fiber composite materials for defense applications

Why LTU?

  • You’ll experience small class sizes, with active and engaged faculty
  • You’ll also experience deeper learning and greater retention of material through Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and Active Collaborative Learning (ACL)
  • Practicing engineers from local firms serve as industrial mentors for project teams and potential future employers after you graduate
  • Leadership experience through LTU’s signature theory and practice education along with abundant internship opportunities will help you hit the ground running with employers

Tour the Civil Engineering Labs

Aidan takes us on a tour of some Civil Engineering labs and describes the hands-on experiments undergraduates do there.

Meet the Faculty


Elin Jensen

Department Chair

Dr. Jensen's primary expertise lies in the development and testing of civil engineering materials. Dr. Jensen is a member of Transportation Research Board, the American Society of Civil Engineers and several other engineering societies.

Co-ops + Internships

Get inspired by LTU students who found internship and co-op opportunities – then dare to explore your own through LTU Career Services, or on-campus job and career fairs.

Josie is an Architectural Engineering student who participated in internships from three different companies.

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