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Think civil engineering is only about buildings and structures? Think again! With a civil engineering degree from University of Detroit Mercy, you could find yourself designing water treatment facilities, dams, roads, transit systems or bridges over the course of your career, because civil engineers — and the firms they work for — are very diverse.




Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • All engineering students are required to complete three semesters of co-op — actual, paid work — that allow them to graduate with real industry experience.
  • Try out a number of focal areas within the field to help you decide which area you like best. Plus, alternate degrees in Architectural or Environmental Engineering give you plenty of options.
  • All courses are taught by faculty members — not teaching assistants or graduate students.
  • Small class sizes — our average student-to-teacher ratio is 11:1; that means plenty of individualized attention aimed at making sure our students succeed.
  • In the tradition of our Jesuit and Mercy sponsors, Detroit Mercy offers a well-rounded education. We don’t just teach engineering; we create community leaders.

Your Boundless Future

A civil engineering background opens you up to numerous highly sought after, well-paying jobs. Choose from a variety of career opportunities, including architectural firms, private consulting companies, developers, government, and human service organizations. Large and small firms alike hire civil engineers. There is a great demand for CEEs in our region, across the nation and around the world. As such, CEEs have opportunities to relocate, travel, or stay right at home for exciting careers.

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics information for this profession.


Contact Info

Utpal Dutta
Professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering

Featured Alumnus

Elliott Fernandes ’16

“I came here and started working on my major my freshman year. That’s because at Detroit Mercy you’re directly admitted into your program. My co-op gave me a lot of insight and I graduated with a full year of experience in my field—a real resume builder and a tremendous opportunity to network and succeed.”

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