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Design, Build and Maintain


Civil engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines, encompassing many interdependent technical specialties. As an Air Force civil engineering officer you might find yourself responsible for the sustainable construction and maintenance of facilities; mechanical, electrical and waste disposal systems; hazardous waste management; runways and roads. Within these areas, you’ll perform tasks like technical design, project planning and programming and possibly managing the maintenance workforce of civilian and military personnel.

Civil engineers are problem solvers, meeting the challenges of pollution, a deteriorating infrastructure, traffic congestion, energy needs, floods, earthquakes, sustainable development and community planning. They use state-of-the-art computer methods in design, construction, project scheduling and cost control.

As you develop your skills, you can move into engineering management, oversee the completion of entire projects, and work closely with architects, owners, contractors, government officials and others involved in all aspects of construction.

The Civil Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

We immerse our cadets in challenging, yet rewarding courses that are complemented by hands-on experiences in surveying, construction methods, and construction materials at the Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory (FERL). This lab also provides the leadership skills, motivation, and technical competence needed to be future leaders in the Air Force.

Within the Air Force
  • 32E – Civil Engineer
  • 62E – Developmental Engineer
Outside the Air Force
  • Civil Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Construction Engineer

  • Sustainability and Green Engineering
  • Structural Design
  • Earth Structures
  • Hydraulic Design
  • Project Management
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

Chem 200

Civ Engr 330

Econ 201

Engineering Opt

English 211

Engr Mech 220

Law 220

Math 243

Math 245

MSS 200

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

Aero Engr 315

Beh Sci 310

Biology 315

Civ Engr 361

Civ Engr 362

Civ Engr 372

Structural Design Option

Civ Engr 390

ECE 231

History 300

Math 356

Engr 311

Design Option 1

Astro Engr 310

Basic Science Opt

Civ Engr 461

Civ Engr 480

Civ Engr 488

Design Option 2

English 411

MSS 415/416

Philos 310

Soc Sci 412

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.


The Civil Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within two to five years after graduation:

  • Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    • Rapidly acquire required knowledge
    • Lead others effectively
    • Apply ethical and moral standards
    • Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills
    • Make sound decisions based on critical thinking
    • Communicate effectively
  • Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems
  • Success in continuing education

These objectives are assessed through Student Outcomes—the skills, knowledge and behaviors students should acquire before graduation. The outcomes for this program are:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Lead and function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively, both written and orally
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • Recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Know contemporary issues
  • Use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Lt Col Andrew Hoisington
Assistant Professor & Advisor-in-Charge
(719) 333-9119