Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Engineering
Location(s): Main Campus; Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Civil Engineering Bachelor's Degree Program

Earn your Civil Engineering degree to move into a career that focuses on design, construction, and maintenance of physical and naturally built environments. As part of the University of Mary’s School of Engineering, this program is located in our new School of Engineering building. Students will learn through hands-on application in this facility, which features a machine shop, student design center, and labs.

Our Civil Engineering program combined with the University of Mary’s Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine core curriculum, will guide you in learning to serve as a successful civil engineer.

  • Valuing integrity and accepting social and environmental responsibility.
  • Having skills in professionalism and leadership.
  • Having effective communication skills and the ability to work on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Gaining knowledge and skills applicable to your work in the field while adapting to changing technologies.
  • Preparing for post-graduate work including but not limited to seeking an advanced degree or professional certification or licensure.

Civil Engineering Program Highlights

Students in our Civil Engineering program are prepared for the workplace. Throughout your bachelor’s in Civil Engineering program at the University of Mary, you will:

  1. Learn by Real-Life Examples

    Faculty include as much hands-on application and practical examples as possible throughout their courses. Students learn through a combination of lab work, design projects, and actual data.

  2. Make Valuable Connections

    You will gain skills and make lasting professional contacts when you intern with companies, agencies, and organizations in Bismarck or around the region. Mary’s School of Engineering has relationships with over 50 companies, many of which offer paid internship opportunities available during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

  3. Create a Plan of Study that Works for You

    If you are a scholar-athlete, interested in a double major or minor, or would like to consider study abroad options, our faculty will work with you to create the best course of study for you and your plans.


Engineering degrees make up ten of the top seventeen highest paid college degrees. The Engineering programs at the University of Mary is dedicated to providing our students with the technical skills, leadership qualities, and ethical values needed to build communities and enjoy fulfilling careers.

Dr. Terry Pilling, Dean, School of Engineering


Civil Engineering Majors Career Insights

The median annual wage for civil engineers was $86,640 in 2018. The employment for civil engineers in the next decade is projected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations, making this a valued career option. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Civil Engineers, on the Internet at (visited March 04, 2020).

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Are the Engineering programs accredited?

The University of Mary is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Students graduating before and during the ​ABET accreditation process will obtain a retroactively accredited degree when the accreditation process is completed.


What does the accreditation mean for a student’s status for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam) and becoming an Engineer In Training (EIT)?

Students can take the FE exam without attending an ABET-accredited university program. University of Mary graduates will obtain retroactively accredited degrees upon the school’s completion of the ABET process. This will occur within the five-year work experience window required prior to pursuing a Professional Engineering (PE) License.


What facilities and lab spaces are used in the School of Engineering?

The School of Engineering building ​was built in Summer 2020. This new facility features a machine shop, student design center, design fundamentals lab, and multiple lab spaces dedicated to each major. ​An extension housing additional lab space for upper-level Civil Engineering and Construction Management courses is under construction and will be completed in Summer 2022.


Are internship opportunities available to students?

The University of Mary’s School of Engineering has relationships with over 50 companies, agencies, and organizations with branches in Bismarck. Most of these companies have multiple paid internship opportunities available to students on a yearly basis. Faculty encourage students to pursue internships during the summer or part-time work during the Fall or Spring semesters.


Can I get an internship as an out-of-state student?

Many of the companies offering internships have multiple offices across North Dakota, the region, and the country. Students who’d like to work in Bismarck during the summer semester can live in residence halls on campus. Students who’d like to live at home during the summer can work with faculty to explore internship opportunities closer to home.


Is it possible to study abroad with the engineering curriculum?

A semester studying abroad is feasible with any engineering curriculum. We recommend you meet with your academic advisor to create an individualized plan of study for a semester abroad.


Is a double major or a minor degree feasible with the engineering curriculum?

Many students pursue minors or a double major in areas such as Mathematics, Music, Business, and Catholic Studies. This may not be recommended for all students; however, it is possible if a student is willing to add time to their degree plans or enroll in the summer semester. If you are planning to pursue multiple degrees, we encourage you to meet with your faculty advisor to plan your coursework.


Can I be a scholar-athlete and still complete a degree in engineering?

Yes, it is possible for scholar-athletes to study engineering. Football, softball, baseball, soccer, track, cross country, wrestling, and basketball athletes have studied in our School of Engineering. Some scholar-athletes choose to complete the program with a five-year plan to better accommodate practice and game schedules. If you are a scholar-athlete, we recommended that you meet with your academic advisor each semester to ensure progress towards degree completion.


What are typical class sizes?

With the exception of introductory-level courses, class sizes are capped at 20-25 students for engineering courses.


Does the curriculum feature labs/hands-on/design work?

Faculty include as much real-world and hands-on application into coursework as possible. Classes are taught in a laboratory setting, which allows free transfer between the fundamental theory and practical application. Students learn through a combination of lab work, design projects, and use of real-world data, such as case studies.


What if I do not know what area or major of Engineering I want to pursue?

Our Engineering programs are uniquely designed so that you don’t need to know what type of engineering degree to pursue prior to freshman year. All first year Engineering students take the same courses, giving students time to learn the differences between the different types of engineering, while making progress towards an engineering degree. Throughout the curriculum, students take courses and complete design projects alongside students pursuing different engineering degrees. This gives students experience working on interdisciplinary projects with people with other areas of expertise, just as they will in the workforce.


What makes the University of Mary School of  Engineering different from other engineering programs?

Our School of Engineering prepares engineers for the workplace. Graduates are professionally competent, and also have moral and ethical integrity. Students learn to integrate these qualities within themselves through a combination of our engineering curriculum, Liberal Arts Core curriculum, internships, student life, and extracurricular activities.