What is Civil Engineering?

The next time you drive around town, take a drink of water, or visit a business, take a moment to thank a civil engineer for the roads you travel, for the clean water, and for the buildings we enter. Engineering is evident in our every day lives. Highways, water treatment, and structures are just a few of the many contributions civil engineers have made to life in the 21st century: They are also credited with protecting our environment, designing homes, building bridges, erecting industrial facilities and constructing recycling plants. Most people think of civil engineering as people who build highways and bridges, but it is much more.