Civil engineering at Saint Martin's University prepares students with the education necessary to be successful in the fields of industry, government, and academia. Because of Saint Martin's liberal arts foundation, the BSCE program is designed to meet the needs of this growing industry and equip students with practical skills that are utilized and valued in the job market.

Program highlights

The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering is housed in Cebula Hall (built in 2013)--the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient building with LEED Platinum Certification in the Western Hemisphere. Designed for students who want to make a difference, our engineering programs are led by a vibrant faculty who focus on quality of teaching and innovative research trends. Saint Martin’s students experience the latest in technology, tackle real-world issues and examine what it means to be an ethical engineer in the 21st century. Saint Martin’s is dedicated to developing well-rounded citizens who are ready to care for their communities and the environment.

Additional benefits include:

  • The BS in the Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Five year program (4+1) for academically qualified students: combine an undergraduate degree with a master's degree
  • NEW! Industrial building (2016-17) includes labs for fluids, manufacturing, robotics and mechatronics, soils and materials testing
  • Connection with local engineers and alumni through the Engineering Advisory Board (EAB), which advises students on their education and internships

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  • 4+1 dual degree program

    Qualified students earn bachelor's and MCE, MME, or MEM in 5 years

    Undergraduate students in civil engineering can start their master’s degree in either civil engineering or engineering management. Undergraduate students in mechanical engineering can start their master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

    Learn more about the 4+1 dual degree program

  • Research and internships
    • Proximity to the Washington state capital allows for access to quality internships opportunities
    • Students have had internships or gone on to work with Boeing, Intel, state and federal government agencies and local manufacturing and engineering firms
    • Dean interviews and works with all senior students on their next steps
    • STEM internships and career fairs offered each semester
    • Students work side-by-side with faculty on research projects
  • Career paths

    There are diverse opportunities for students majoring in civil engineering. Careers in this field include:

    • Design of buildings and bridges
    • Urban planning
    • Transportation engineering
    • Geotechnical engineering
    • Construction and engineering management

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With This Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.


  • 33 semester hours of CORE requirements
  • 32 semester hours of math and science requirements
  • 16 semester hours of general engineering courses
  • 47-48 semester hours of civil engineering courses
  • Math and Science requirements (32 semester hours)
    CHM 141 General Chemistry with Laboratory
    MTH 171 Calculus I
    MTH 172 Calculus II
    MTH 322 Differential Equations
    MTH 357 Probability and Statistics
    PHY 171 Introduction to Physics I with Laboratory
    PHY 172 Introduction to Physics II with Laboratory
    Electives 3 semester hours in Geology or Biology (as approved)


  • General engineering requirements (16 semester hours)
    GE 103 Graphics, Computer-aided Drafting and Solid Modeling
    GE 204 Statics
    GE 205 Dynamics
    GE 206 Mechanics of Materials
    GE 207 Mechanics of Materials Lab
    GE 359 Professional Ethics, Legal Issues and Applied Economics in Contemporary Society


  • Civil engineering requirements (47-48 semester hours)
    CE 304/304L Surveying with Laboratory
    CE 308/309 Fluid Mechanics with Laboratory
    CE 310 Civil Engineering Materials with Laboratory
    CE 321/322 Soil Mechanics with Laboratory
    CE 323/324 Transportation Engineering with Laboratory
    CE 330 Water Resource Engineering
    CE 350 Structural Analysis
    CE 350L Structural Analysis Laboratory
    CE 360 Reinforced Concrete
    CE 370 Hydraulic Engineering
    CE 385 Environmental Engineering
    CE 498 Senior Design
    CE 499 Senior Design
    CE Electives 8-9 semester hours


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