Engineering majors with Civil Engineering Concentration study at George Fox, a top Christian college

Civil Engineering: A 'People-Serving' Profession

George Fox civil engineering students prepare for a “people-serving” profession in the optimal learning environment – a Christian engineering college centered on preparing students for a successful and purposeful life. In this concentration within the engineering major, you’ll study alongside faculty-mentors who understand and value your goals.

Civil engineers design and develop infrastructure projects that meet the needs of everyday human existence. They plan, design and construct solutions involving public facilities and infrastructure – from highways, bridges and buildings, to water purification systems and environmental impact studies.

In the civil engineering concentration, you’ll learn the fundamental principles of all the discipline’s branches and study deeply in one of program’s specializations – transportation, construction and civil planning, structural, environmental, geotechnical and water resources. Outstanding professors who teach in small classroom settings ensure that you gain a solid foundation in technological theory, while also helping you connect conceptual ideas with hands-on experience.

Learn in New 'Maker Hub'

You’ll gain all the necessary tools to work on design-build projects in the Engineering Innovation Center’s “maker hub” – a 6,000-square-foot configurable project-build space. Students also build together in high-tech design studios; machine, welding and woodworking shops; the computer design lab; a tool room; an additive manufacturing lab; and in environmental, geotechnical, and construction lab spaces. The real-world experience you gain building projects in multidisciplinary teams throughout the four-year program provides a valuable edge as you launch your career.

An Emphasis on Improving Lives and Creating Solutions

Civil engineering students at George Fox value their ability to offer Christ-centered service to benefit others, even before they graduate. The Servant Engineering program strongly emphasizes the importance of offering technical skills to improve lives. As part of the core curriculum, students create solutions to significant technical challenges – for instance, designing a bridge at a ranch for fatherless youth in Yamhill, Oregon.

Your spiritual growth is a high priority. Christian professors integrate faith and learning throughout the curriculum – ensuring the theory, design, project implementation, and planning for the future rest on a solid faith-based foundation.

Request more information about the civil engineering concentration at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Engineering majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

Engineering graduates typically receive the highest starting salary of any discipline. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 8 percent in the next 10 years.

  • Structural Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Naval Architect, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Engineering Specialist, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Civil Designer, KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Civil/Structural Engineer, Anvil Corporation
  • Project Engineer, Andersen Construction
  • Facilities Analyst, Marion County Oregon
  • Engineer, Parametrix
  • Civil Designer, Westlake Consultants
  • Engineer, RH2 Engineering
  • Structural Designer, Structural Solutions
  • Project Engineer, Walsh Construction
  • Contech Engineered Solutions, Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Andersen Construction, Portland, Oregon
  • Bowers And Kubota, Waipahu, Hawaii
  • Cruz Construction Company, Anchorage, Alaska
  • City of Newberg, Newberg, Oregon
  • Engineering Ministries International, Oxford, UK
  • Yamhill County Public Works, McMinnville, Oregon
  • Clean Water Services, Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Linn County Road Department, Albany, Oregon
  • Engineering Ministries International, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland, Oregon
  • Hoffman Construction Company, Portland, Oregon

Student Experiences

Zachery Koppert ('13)

“George Fox has academically prepared me and other engineers beyond the expectations of the industry. I feel very blessed to have received such a firm understanding of the basics so that I could enter the industry ready to grow even more.”

- Zachery Koppert ('13)

Daniela Makowski ('12)

“It wasn’t that difficult for me to find a job after graduation, knowing that I had a great degree. [Employers] really knew that they could count on my education. ... The best decision I ever made was to go to George Fox for engineering.”

- Daniela Makowski ('12)

Points of Distinction

  • Outstanding faculty with a Christian worldview
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Servant engineering curriculum
  • Small class sizes
  • Application learning environment beginning freshman year
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Real-world solutions created in collaborative teams

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.