Civil Engineering


As one of the only civil engineering programs offered in the Kansas City metro, we’re proud to lead students in the city in their pursuit to learn how to become a civil engineer.

Program Overview

Rockhurst’s civil engineering degree prepares students for a career in what is considered one of the oldest engineering disciplines. The civil engineering classes in our program are designed to educate students in the many specialties within the field, such as structural, construction, environment, geotechnical and transportation.

What is Civil Engineering?

Simply described, a civil engineering degree specializes in the environment that has been built around us. This field of study, however, is far from simple. From the construction of roads, buildings, bridges, or water supply systems, to managing a construction site, to analyzing research, civil engineers are responsible for the very foundation of the society we know. A civil engineering degree from Rockhurst will pave the way for an important and innovative career.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students pursuing a civil engineering degree will encounter classes such as Engineering Graphics, Strengths of Materials, Structural Analysis, Steel Design and Engineering Hydraulics
  • Rockhurst’s civil engineering program will provide students with the technical knowledge and skill set needed to work immediately in most areas of the profession.
  • Civil engineering students will engage in highly-interactive projects that are simultaneously challenging, educational, and most importantly, fun! One such project is creating a bridge out of sticks that must hold 75 pounds of weight, as shown in the video below.

Career Outcomes

What is a civil engineer? What kind of career opportunities will I have?

  • A civil engineering graduate from Rockhurst will be entering a rapidly-growing industry with high job demand
  • Graduates will be knowledgeable of the fundamentals and specialties that exist within a civil engineering degree, providing plentiful career choice
  • Civil engineering jobs are plentiful in today’s workforce. The median salary for a civil engineer is $86,600 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018); engineering degrees provide a lead into a lucrative career 

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Academic Excellence

With some of the best academics in Kansas City and beyond, we provide an experience that values students and changes lives, reflected through our expert faculty and the success our graduates enjoy.

89 % of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field

97 % career and grad school placement rates

23 % higher salary than U.S. median

Paola Rodriguez sits on a hammock on campus.

I truly feel that I was meant to be here, and that this place chose me.

– Paola Rodriguez | Psychology ‘21

Why Study at Rockhurst?

Located in the cultural heart of Kansas City, RU’s beautiful 55-acre campus is where more than 3,000 students call home.

Consistently ranked as one of the top regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

More than 97% of students receive financial assistance and scholarship opportunities.

With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students receive the personal attention and support they need to grow in knowledge and in character.