Civil Engineering Concentration

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

Bachelor's degree graduates earning engineering degrees are expected to be the highest paid, leading all STEM graduates, according to the 2016 Job Outlook survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Job growth for engineers is expected to rise, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, due to an infrastructure that continues to age (civil engineering), the ever-increasing demand for highly skilled computer scientists, and the ability of electrical and mechanical engineers to develop and apply new technologies. “Job prospects may be best for those who stay abreast of the most recent advances in technology,” notes the BLS.

  • Electrical Failure Analysis Engineer, Intel
  • Electrical Engineer, Boeing
  • Embedded Software Design Engineer, Tektronix
  • Semiconductor Design Engineer, Teradyne
  • Reliability Engineer, Lattice Semiconductor
  • Various engineering positions, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Mechanical Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Applications Engineer, MCAD Technologies
  • Structural and Payload Engineer, Boeing
  • Development Engineer, Contech Engineered Solutions
  • Project Engineer, Anderson Construction
  • Civil Design Engineer, KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • A-dec, Newberg, Ore.
  • Teradyne, Portland
  • CUI, Portland
  • Intel, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Boeing, Seattle, Wash.
  • Lattice Semiconductor, Portland
  • HP, Boise, Idaho
  • 3D Systems, Wilsonville, Ore.
  • Tektronix, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Climax, Newberg, Ore.
  • Cascade Steel, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Biotronik, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Washington
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Purdue University
  • USC
  • Texas A&M

In the News

Bryan Kasler

Grad putting his engineering degree to work on campus

Take a walk around the east side of campus and you’re sure to be impressed by all the new structures that have been added over the past few years.

Bryan Kasler, a 2014 George Fox graduate, has played a significant role in his alma mater’s new look, putting his degree in civil engineering to good use on two recent construction projects: Canyon Commons, a 30,000-square-foot dining facility, completed in 2016; and Crisman Crossing, a 220-foot clear-span timber truss bridge, installed in 2015. Read more …

Student Experiences

Jake Ferrier

“During my time at George Fox I’ve gained a lot of resilience and trust in my ability to push through challenges. It’s been amazing to be in a place where the professors invest in me and show me by example how to use my engineering skills to serve God and my community.”

- Jake Ferrier

Daniela Makowski

“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

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.