Civil Engineering at LMU
Civil Engineering is a very diverse field. Many of the experiences that we take for granted in our daily lives such as drinking clean water or studying in a library have benefited from the work of a Civil Engineer. The civil engineering curriculum at LMU emphasizes practicality (It works) and design (how to build it) all supported by a strong background in scientific and mathematical concepts and principles. The program provides a broad background in many aspects of civil engineering providing our graduates with the flexibility to practice in any of the specialties or to pursue an advanced degree in civil engineering. The program provides an opportunity to get hands-on experience in many fields including surveying, water engineering, soils engineering, structures, and environmental engineering. Engineering design experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum beginning with the freshman engineering courses and extending through the last semester of the senior year. Design courses provide the student working experiences with computer software used in the profession. Group and team project experiences prepare the student for professional life and graduate studies. Elements of ethics, economics, socio-politics, safety and the profession augment the educational experience. Seniors are afforded the opportunity to take a variety of electives further expanding their background.
The Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is very active and participates in the annual student activities including the annual ASCE Student Conference, which includes surveying, steel bridge, and concrete canoe building competitions. The Chapter has received a number of national awards and honors and provides an opportunity for the professional and social development of the students.
The strengths of the civil engineering program at LMU are:
A qualified and dedicated teaching faculty has extensive professional design and consulting experience as well as strong research skills. Faculty emphasis is on teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.
A broad science, mathematics and engineering curriculum within the first two years provides a solid set of engineering skills. The second two years focuses on studies in several fields of civil engineering.
A strong University core curriculum in that emphasizes the development of logical, ethical thought processes, a breadth of educational experiences and effective written and oral communication.
Low student/faculty ratio that promotes positive faculty-student interaction both inside and outside of the classroom. Classes are small (typically 10-30), taught by full time professors with an open door policy.
Most civil engineering students graduate after four years of study at LMU.
Superb graduate school and career counseling are offered by an active, research and practice-based faculty. Our students have met with outstanding success in the pursuit of graduate degrees in some of the finest institutions in the United States including the University of California (Berkeley, Davis, San Diego and Los Angeles), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, Stanford, just to name a few. Our graduates have made significant contributions to the civil engineering profession, especially in Southern California. Among the organizations in which LMU graduates have made major impacts are: The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, California Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California as well as numerous private civil and environmental engineering consulting firms, some of which are among the largest in the nation.
The undergraduate laboratories in the College are truly excellent and well equipped. The laboratories available to Civil Engineers include the Design Center, the Civil Engineering Computer Center, the Structures Laboratory, Soils Laboratory, Environmental Engineering Laboratory, the Concrete Laboratory and the Fluids Laboratory. The College laboratories are supported by a machine shop and a technical support staff.
LMU computer facilities are exceptional. All LMU students have access to the campus-wide network that includes Internet access, general and technical software. Each College within LMU and each Department within the College of Science and Engineering has separate computer facilities. A separate local area network is available to Civil Engineering students.