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Transportation engineers are involved with the safe and efficient movement of both people and goods. They design and maintain all types of transportation facilities, including highways and streets, mass transit systems, railroads, airfields, ports, and harbors.

Transportation engineers apply technological knowledge as well as an understanding of the economic, political, and social factors in their projects. They must work directly with urban planners because the quality of a community is directly related to the quality of the transportation system. 

Degree Information

Students can earn B.S., M.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering in the transportation engineering division of emphasis.

The Master of Science (M.S.) Thesis and Non-Thesis options as well as the Master of Engineering (M.Eng) program require 30 hours for completion, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is 64 hours. The specific course requirements are decided by the student in conjunction with the student’s committee chair and graduate committee.

Undergraduate Requirements

To fulfill the common civil engineering program degree plan, undergraduate students declaring a specialty in transportation engineering are required to complete a technical elective plan. See the undergraduate advising page for more information.

Graduate Requirements

Each area specialty area has its own graduate degree requirements in addition to the requirements set forth by the department and University. Please check with your advisor for the most current degree requirements. See the Graduate Student Handbook for Transportation Engineering for more information.