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Admission Requirement for Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional School

Civil Engineering is the branch of engineering most closely associated with the environment, both natural and man-made. Renewal of our old cities, reduction of air and water pollution, planning and building of new communities, providing water, power and high speed ground transportation systems are the responsibility of the civil engineer. Providing these services involves construction of dams, bridges, buildings, tunnels, power plants, highways and harbors in harmony with the natural environment and with people’s needs.To be admitted into CIVE Professional School - to be eligible to take the upper level CIVE courses - the student shall have met the Professional School requirements. They are:

  • Completion of at least 60 college level semester credit hours (SCH).
  • Completion of at least 12 SCH from OSU.
  • Completion of at least 53 SCH from the Pre-Professional School courses.
  • Completion of MATH 2144, 2153, 2163, and 2233; PHYS 2014; CHEM 1414; four Pre-Professional ENSC courses; ENGL 1113 or 1313, and, is required, ENGL 1213 or 1413 and ENGL 3323.
  • An overall GPA of 2.3 or better at OSU.
  • A GPA of 2.5, or better, in all of the college-level math, science and engineering courses which you have taken at OSU and which are required for the B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. These courses depend on your CIVE degree option; but include MATH, STAT, PHYS, CHEM, BIOL, GEOL; ENGR; ENSC, CIVE, etc.
  • A final grade of "C" or better in each of the above technical and English courses.
  • Students matriculating in 2010 must meet the degree requirements as stated on the official degree requirement sheet dated "Academic Year 2010-2011."


The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has fully equipped undergraduate teaching laboratories for structures, concrete, asphalt, soil mechanics, environmental and hydraulics “hands-on” experiences. Students in civil and environmental engineering make extensive use of computers for design, drafting, analysis, management and word processing. A wide range of commercially available software is provided.


A wide variety of professional, social and educational activities are available to students in civil and environmental engineering. These include the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the nationally recognized concrete canoe team, the steel and timber bridge teams, the national civil engineering honor society, Chi Epsilon, and others. These organizations and activities provide opportunities for students, from freshmen through graduate students, to interact with engineering professionals from around the region, to learn about their chosen profession and to apply their skills to solving interesting problems.



The breadth of a civil engineering education is a good background for many careers in this technological age. Many go into sales of materials and equipment. Others go into allied areas in energy, communications, infrastructure, computer programming and law, serving clients for whom their civil engineering background has value. Some go on to graduate school in business administration or medicine after earning a first degree in civil engineering. Many civil engineers find their training an excellent route to management positions.


As a civil engineer, you may be exposed to a variety of assignments depending on the type of job you enter. If you go into construction, you will do some field inspection and testing, some cost-estimating and various tasks involving supervision of construction contracts. If you go into a consulting firm, government agency or industry, you might be involved in a wide variety of work as an assistant to a more experienced engineer in the design of roads, bridges, buildings, water supplies or water pollution treatment systems.


In addition to other scholarships a student may win, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering awards a number of scholarships each year. These scholarships range from $500 to $1,500 per year. They are awarded on the basis of academic achievement (ACT score), financial need, extra-curricular activities and interest in civil and environmental engineering.


As a civil engineer your starting salary would be based on current economic conditions at the time you graduate.


There are opportunities for women in civil engineering! Over 20% of OSU civil engineering students are women.


John N. Veenstra, Ph.D., Head
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
207 Engineering South
Stillwater, OK 74078