Civil Engineering

Do you ever marvel at the efficiency and design of a massive airport you have a layover in or a huge structure like a dam that keeps water pressure in check? These are both parts of a built environment and fill a need for the general public. Behind each of these was a civil engineer who worked on planning, researching and constructing the infrastructure.

Ready to take the next step?
Apply Now Request Info

UTSA’s Civil Engineering Program

UTSA’s Civil Engineering degree will teach you all the necessary fundamentals of civil engineering through design work and hands-on lab exercises. You’ll also be provided with several opportunities to engage in cutting edge, interdisciplinary research. In your civil engineering studies, you’ll combine what you’ve learned from mathematics and the physical sciences to cover broad topics ranging from highway engineering, fluid mechanics and steel design. After graduating, you’ll be able to apply your skills in building and designing public structures that keep society operating like roads, bridges, water supply systems, community living spaces and more.

Careers in Civil Engineering

Top job titles for civil engineering graduates include:

• Civil Engineering
• Transportation Engineer
• Construction Manager
• Engineering Manager

Civil engineering and its related career pathways are currently in higher demand than average in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Denver, CO, Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA. More than 144,000 civil engineering-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Civil Engineering Graduates

Civil engineering is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of civil engineering-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Engineering Services
• Employment Services
• Nonresidential Construction
• Government
• Management and Technical Consulting Services

Salaries for Civil Engineering Graduates

The salary range for open civil engineering-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $59,303
median $80,529
top 10% $100,419

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Civil Engineering Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a civil engineering graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Civil Engineering may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You are a good planner
• You are well organized
• You are detail oriented
• You enjoy solving puzzles and problems

Scholarships Offered:

  • Ewing Halsell Endowed Foundation Scholarship
    • Must enroll full time with the intent of pursuing a degree in the sciences, engineering or biotechnology
    • Must be from South Texas, with preference given to students residing in rural communities in or south of Bexar County
    • Incoming first-time freshmen must have graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school class and have a minimum SAT score of 950 or a minimum ACT score of 18
  • Society of American Military Engineers San Antonio Post Endowed Scholarship
    • Must be majoring in architecture, engineering or related science
    • Incoming first-time freshmen must have a minimum SAT score of 1000 or a minimum ACT score of 22
    • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • W. Elisa Chan and Clifford Hew Endowed Honors Scholarship
    • Must be enrolled in the Honors College and actively pursuing a degree at The University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Must be in good academic standing with the Honors College
  • Mary Pat and Louis H. Stumberg Endowed Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Sciences
    • This scholarship is intended to assist outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who have declared a major in one of the following majors.
    • all disciplines in the College of Engineering
  • Judy and James Adams Endowed Scholarship
    • Pursuing a degree in the College of Business or Engineering at the undergraduate level
    • Minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average
  • Dr. Harold G. Longbotham Endowed Scholarship
    • Current Undergraduate, enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours/semester); or Graduate, enrolled full-time (9+ credit hours/semester)
    • Major: Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics
    • GPA: cumulative 3.2+
  • FIRST Scholarship
    • Applicants must be accepted as full-time students in the College of Engineering at UTSA;
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0

Student Life

UTSA’s Civil Engineering degree will teach you all the necessary fundamentals of civil engineering through design work and hands-on lab exercises. You’ll also be provided with several opportunities to engage in cutting edge, interdisciplinary research. In your civil engineering studies, you’ll combine what you’ve learned from mathematics and the physical sciences to cover broad topics ranging from highway engineering, fluid mechanics and steel design. After graduating, you’ll be able to apply your skills in building and designing public structures that keep society operating like roads, bridges, water supply systems, community living spaces and more. Students studying Civil Engineering may consider becoming involved in:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Engineering Student Council
  • Texas Society of Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers

Student Spotlight

Blake Bogenschutz ’18

Civil Engineering Major

View more

Carla Martinez ’17

Civil Engineering Major

View more