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Civil engineering is one of the broadest 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, 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.

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.

The Civil Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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

Approximately 50% of Civil Engineering graduates go on to rated career fields (pilot, RPA, etc.). The bulk of the other half of graduates enter the Civil Engineering career field, with a handful choosing to enter other career fields they are qualified for.

  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Structural Design
  • Earth Structures
  • Hydraulic Design
  • Project Management
Beh Sci 110
Chem 100
Comp Sci 110
English 111
For Lang 1
For Lang 2
History 100
Math 141
Math 142
Physics 110
Biology 215
Chem 200/Physics 215
Civ Engr 330
Econ 201
English 211
Engr Mech 220
Law 220
Math 243
Math 245
MSS 251
Pol Sci 211
Aero Engr 315
Civ Engr 361
Civ Engr 362
Civ Engr 372
Civ Engr 390
ECE 315
ECE 311
Engr Option
History 300
Math 356
Structural Design Opt
Adv Sociocultural Opt
Astro Engr 310
Basic Science Opt
Civ Engr 461
Civ Engr 480
Civ Engr 488
Design Option 1
Design Option 2
Philos 310
Soc Sci 311

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Course of Instruction 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
  • Success in contingency operations

These objectives are assessed through Student Outcomes—the skills, knowledge and behaviors students should acquire as they progress through the program. Upon, graduation, our graduates must attain an ability to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
Civil Engineering Enrollment and Graduation Data
Students Enrolled
2020-21 114 40 (class of 2021)
2019-20 130 38 (Class of 2020)
2018-19 125 42 (Class of 2019)
2017-18 118 36 (Class of 2018)
2016-17 122 44 (Class of 2017)
2015-16 130 48 (Class of 2016)
2014-15 133 41 (Class of 2015)

Capt Capt Daniel Butcher

Personnel Officer and Instructor

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