Build New Worlds
Civil, environmental, and infrastructure engineers work to meet the challenges of society by building cities that can withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods; by creating dynamic transportation systems; and by providing the world with clean drinking water. Civil, environmental, and infrastructure engineers build a more sustainable, resilient, and safer planet for all.
Civil engineers regularly utilize computer-aided design and the most advanced aspects of technology, math, and data-driven science to develop systems and strategies that shape our changing surroundings. If you have a passion for innovation, strive to improve your community, and are interested in making a difference, a career as a civil engineering might be for you!
The bachelor’s of science degree in civil and infrastructure engineering grants students hands-on experience in our labs, solves engineering challenges, and uses state-of-the-art technologies to prepare for work in an industry such as designing with 4D building information models (BIM).
Our world-class faculty and curriculum provide students with the academic background and practical training necessary for a wide range of careers in the broad discipline of civil engineering. Some undergraduates also get the opportunity to participate in our department’s cutting-edge research, gaining hands-on experience with drones, 3D printers, virtual reality, and 3D laser scanning technology
Students get hands-on experience throughout the curriculum taught by engineers, scientists, and industry experts, culminating in a senior design project. During their senior year, students form multidisciplinary design teams, select real-world civil engineering projects, develop design solutions, study constructability, evaluate cost, and consider the social, environmental, and sustainable impacts of their designs. The projects are led by engineering leaders from industry, government, and academia.
Program required courses are offered every semester and students are able to graduate in the fall, spring, or summer. To learn more about the program requirements, please visit the catalog: Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, BS.
The 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 as little as five years.
- This program DOES NOT require the GRE.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 is required for admission to the program.
The benefits of the accelerated program include:
- A streamlined master's application process with no application fee.
- A head-start on the master’s degree program with up to 18 credits earned in advance of master’s degree matriculation.
- Undergraduate tuition rates for graduate courses taken while completing a bachelor’s degree.
Program specifics can be found in the catalog: Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Accelerated MS
Our department offers a minor in environmental engineering. This program is strongly encouraged for students with engineering majors in CEIE, BIOE, SEOR, and non-engineering majors in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Policy, Geography and Geoinformation Science, and Geology who wish to prepare for careers in global and environmental hazards, renewable energy, and water treatment.
Total credits for the minor: 19.
For the most current information on the minor, please visit the catalog: Environmental Engineering Minor.
Our students have the option of earning an associate of science degree from Northern Virginia Community College and then coming to Mason for a bachelor of science degree in civil and infrastructure engineering through the Mason-NOVA ADVANCE Partnership, which streamlines the graduation process and reduces your course load at Mason based on the courses you took at Northern Virginia Community College.
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.
Opportunities for Undergraduates
The Global Education Office (GEO) facilitates international learning opportunities for Mason faculty and students through a diverse array of study abroad programs and engages students in meaningful and life-changing experiences. Plans can take some time to arrange, so talk to your academic advisor as early as possible.
We currently have a direct exchange agreement with University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland for a one-semester civil engineering undergraduate study-abroad program. We recommend this program for students in their junior year.
Our department offers an Honors Program in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering that creates a community of outstanding scholars in civil engineering who share a commitment to learning, service, and leadership. The Program is crafted around the civil and infrastructure curriculum and is distinct from the University Honors Curriculum. Entry to the Honors Program is by invitation, extended to students with a minimum high school GPA of 3.80.
We offer multiple scholarships for undergraduates:
- The Michael S. Bronzini Scholarship 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 Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, who retired in 2009.
- The Patton Harris Rust & Associates Scholarship 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 is from the department’s industry advisory group. It provides financial assistance for full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in civil and infrastructure engineering while increasing students’ ability to participate in learning experiences through student organizations.
- The Mark H. Houck Scholarship 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 Dr. Mark H. Houck, the founding Chairman of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering. Dr. Houck retired from his position in 2020 and now holds the title of Professor Emeritus.
More scholarships to come! Connect with your advisor to discuss your different scholarship opportunities.