Student LIfe


The program in Civil Engineering is designed to provide the basic undergraduate education required for private practice and public service in civil engineering, and/or continue formal education. Accreditation of the Bachelors' degree (BSCE) ensures all graduates of the program are adequately prepared for these career paths. 

The objective of the civil engineering program is to produce graduates who are prepared to pursue:

  • careers in the broad field of civil engineering 
  • licensure as a Professional Engineer.
  • advanced education.

To fulfill these objectives, all students must take courses in geotechnical, environmental, transportation, and structural engineering. Courses are designed to present “real world” applications without sacrificing conceptual and theoretical basics. Students complete design problems in each of these areas; and, as part of the senior year, they participate in two major design projects.


All students will declare their desired major their sophomore year upon completion of the Freshman Engineering Program. Once Civil Engineering has been declared, all students will be advised by Dr. Rodney Williams for the following two semesters. Once the student officially becomes a junior, they will then we transferred to a permanent advisor for the remaining of their college career. To find out how to locate your advisor, log onto uaconnect.uark.eduand look under the Program Advisor Tab or by contacting the Civil Engineering main office. Advising will need to be completed before each semester, prior to enrolling of classes.


The University of Arkansas has adopted a "State Minimum Core" of 35 semester-credit-hours of general education courses that are required of all baccalaureate degree candidates. This is in compliance with Arkansas Act 98 of 1989 and the subsequent action of the Arkansas State Board of Higher Education. Beginning in the fall semester of 1991, all state institutions of higher education in Arkansas have a 35-hour minimum core requirement with specified hours in each of six academic areas. The University and the College of Engineering have identified those courses that meet the minimum requirement. For a full list of undergraduate degree requirements, click here.

Honors Students

The College of Engineering participates in the University of Arkansas Honors Program, which challenges superior students with a more in-depth academic program and research experience. The Honors program provides a structure for working more closely with faculty members and other students in a team environment. Participation in the Engineering Honors Program is highly recommended for individuals planning academic or research-related careers that require considerable critical and original independent thinking, but it is also quite useful for students wishing to explore career potential in a number of areas. Check out more information, resources, and requirements here.

Student Organizations

The Department of Civil Engineering houses multiple student group organizations. These students participate and various activities, public services, and even competitions with other Universities.  

  • American Society of Civil Engineering
  • Chi Epsilon
  • TL21