Anderson University Introduces Civil Engineering Major


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University’s engineering program continues to grow in numbers, and it will grow by another major for the 2023-24 academic year. The university is adding civil engineering as the sixth major in the department.

“I am grateful to the physical sciences and engineering team for their diligent work, and for the support of the faculty in the expansion of the engineering program,” said Dr. Courtney Taylor, AU provost. “The addition of civil engineering will allow Anderson University to further its Christ-centered mission for service.”

Civil engineering is for students interested in solving engineering problems around public infrastructure, including roads, bridges, dams, levees, and construction projects. These students will be involved in big projects that will get them out in the field, interacting with construction managers, surveyors, and contractors. 

Students will experience a wide range of topics in structural analysis and design, water resources and design, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, and surveying, with plenty of hands-on laboratory experiences.

Training civil engineers will directly connect with the mission of Anderson University, which aims to educate for a life of faith and service to the church and society. It will also give AU some uniqueness as the only Council of Christian Colleges and Universities member school with a major in civil engineering in the Midwest. There are only a few undergraduate focused engineering programs with civil engineering majors in Indiana, and AU will be the second institution with athletics in the HCAC that offers civil engineering, joining Rose Hulman.

AU offers access to engineering lab spaces, equipment, and experiences from day one, meaning students will graduate with a four year degree and more than enough hands-on experience to enter the workforce prepared to make an immediate impact.

“We are so excited to add a civil engineering program alongside our other already excellent engineering majors,” said Dr. Ben McPheron, chair of physical sciences and engineering. “Civil engineers design, inspect and implement essential systems for society and are vital to many of the infrastructure projects we often take for granted. Our program will help guide students in this program to careers in service to society – which is core to the mission of Anderson University. We can’t wait to welcome more engineering students to campus.”

To learn more about civil engineering, visit Anderson University online.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.