Undergraduate

Build New Worlds

Civil, environmental, and infrastructure engineers improve lives. They build cities that can withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, and fires; plan energy-efficient air, highway, rail, and sea shipping transportation systems; and provide the world with clean water.

Ronaldo Nicholson, takes students on a field visit to the HOT Lanes project in Tysons Corner.

While earning a bachelor of science in civil and infrastructure engineering, you will:

  • Get hands-on lab and research experience. 

  • Have collaborative learning opportunities in high-tech classrooms.  

  • Benefit from frequent course offerings and small class sizes.

  • Have three opportunities a year to graduate.

  • Develop engineering skills, leadership abilities, and life-long friendships in student groups

  • Work in teams on senior design projects, and fine-tune technical, business, and professional skills.  

  • Land summer internships and full-time jobs through connections with our facultyadvisory board, and career services office.

Check the catalog for official admissions and degree requirements. If you're curious about what your studies will be like, we've developed a sample eight-semester schedule for undergraduates. 

For more information, contact Lisa Nolder, associate director for undergraduate programs at 703-993-5607.

Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, BS/Civil and Infrastructure MS

Accelerated master’s degree programs provide high-achieving Mason undergraduates with the opportunity to earn a civil and infrastructure engineering master’s degree in a substantially reduced time-period. In some cases, students can earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a total of five years.

The benefits of the accelerated program include: 

  1. A streamlined master's application process
  2. No application fee
  3. The ability to take up to 18 graduate credits (6 courses) while completing a bachelor’s degree. Up to 12 of the graduate credits (4 courses) apply toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The remaining credits (up to 2 courses) are reserved for graduate credit and count toward the master’s degree.
  4. Undergraduate tuition rates for graduate courses taken while completing bachelor’s degree
  5. A head start on the master’s degree program with up to 18 credits earned in advance of master’s degree matriculation

Minor in Environmental Engineering

This minor prepares students for careers in global and environmental hazards, renewable energy, and water treatment.

 

 

Opportunities for Undergraduates

Study Abroad

We have a direct exchange agreement with University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland for a one-semester civil engineering undergraduate study-abroad program. We recommend participants do this in their junior year. 

Students also have the option of taking a two-week summer course (CEIE 497: Applied Engineering Abroad, 3 credits) in Germany to gain hands-on project management, critical thinking, intercultural and career skills by exploring engineering aspects such as auto assembly, airliner manufacturing, metropolitan infrastructure, and bridge designs. This course satisfies Mason's global understanding core. For more information, contact Thomas Clemons.

Study abroad opportunities are arranged by the Global Education Office. Plans can take some time to set up, so talk to your academic advisor as early as possible.

Honors Program

Our honors program creates a community of civil engineering scholars who share a commitment to learning, service, and leadership.

Transferring to Mason from NOVA

Students can earn an associate of science degree from Northern Virginia Community College, then come to Mason for a bachelor of science degree in civil and infrastructure engineering through the Mason-NOVA Advance program, which enables you to graduate on time without having to take the same course twice.

Scholarships

Civil Engineering offers three undergraduate scholarships. The department solicits applications via email at the end of the spring semester after final grades are posted. 

  • The Michael S. Bronzini Scholarship ($1,000) provides financial assistance for part-time or full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in civil and infrastructure engineering and is based on academic merit and financial need. It's named after Michael Bronzini, Dewberry chair and professor emeritus of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering who retired in 2009.
  • The Patton Harris Rust & Associates Scholarship ($1,000) provides financial assistance for part-time or full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in civil and infrastructure engineering and is based on academic merit. Students selected for the scholarship must be residents of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
  • The Civil Engineering Institute Scholarship ($1,000) is from the department’s industry advisory group. It provides financial assistance for full-time undergraduate students pursing a degree in civil and infrastructure engineering while increasing students’ ability to participate in learning experiences through student organizations.

Licensure Information

Our bachelor’s degree is accredited by ABET, which allows you to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination administered by the National Council of Engineering Examiners and Surveyors. This is a necessary step toward attaining Engineer-in-Training (EIT) designation, which is required to advance to Professional Engineer (PE) registration.