Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is offered by the College of Engineering and prepares students for professional engineering careers in the design, construction and maintenance of the built environment. 

Civil engineers design bridges, buildings, canals, dams, roads, tunnels and industrial or municipal water treatment plants to physically support collective social needs. They create structural designs and infrastructure solutions that improve quality of life by making it possible for people to drink clean water, gather comfortably in public spaces and travel safely. 

Civil engineers can choose from numerous career paths and industries, such as construction engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, water-resource engineering and more. However, they must learn the basics of structural design and elements of construction, transportation and geotechnical engineering. The Civil Engineering undergraduate curriculum at Temple provides students with a solid engineering foundation and the ability to focus on their interests, as well as a course dedicated to navigating the engineering profession after graduation.

Time to Completion

At Temple, the 128-credit Civil Engineering major typically takes four years to complete, even if you choose to study in Rome for a semester. 

If you choose to take part in the co-op program, it may take up to five years to be awarded your degree. 


  • Environmental Engineering

    Further focus your Civil Engineering degree with an in-depth understanding of air, land and water issues, and sharpen the skills needed to design solutions and promote sustainability. Gain hybrid expertise in Civil and Environmental Engineering in your course work and lab experience.

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Cooperative education (co-op) is an optional program that can provide you with the opportunity to work professionally before graduation. Students apply the knowledge they have learned in the classroom to real-world problems in the field. A co-op will help you create valuable connections with industry professionals, build a strong résumé and have an enhanced perspective on your field.

Civil Engineering students working in a lab

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $22,464.00 per year
Out-of-state: $36,816.00 per year

Laptop Requirement

The College of Engineering requires that students own a laptop for their engineering coursework by their junior year of study. Learn more about the hardware recommendation.

Related Graduate Degrees

+1 Accelerated Programs

The College of Engineering also offers accelerated +1 Bachelor-Master programs. Qualifying students earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in one five-year course of study, instead of the usual six years. 

Civil Engineering undergraduate majors can earn a Master of Science in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering in one year. Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate in this program are charged at the undergraduate rate. Learn more about the College of Engineering’s accelerated programs.

Our Academic Advisors

Through advising workshops, career coaching, individual appointments and walk-in advising, support services are available to all undergraduate Engineering students. Such services range from academic mentoring, career development, choosing a major, degree planning, learning support and post-graduation planning.

All academic advisors are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to answer questions regarding General Education (GenEd), college and major requirements, and university academic policies and procedures. 

Learn more about the Center for Academic Advising and Student Affairs.


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