Solve important global issues

If you want to design and build the foundation for a modern society, then our accredited civil engineering program is for you.

Civil Engineering

You will learn to solve some of the most important issues facing humankind today – such as deteriorating infrastructure, water sources and purification, clean and renewable energy, limited resources, pollution and public health.

Design and Build a Modern Society

ABET logoTo prepare you for this vital role, Jewell’s ABET accredited civil engineering degree is designed with an emphasis on the environmental, social and economic impacts of our decisions. These are the defining elements of providing sustainable solutions that you will experience across the curriculum and the focus of engineering at Jewell. 

Civil engineering is a broad and continually changing field, and that is precisely why a degree from Jewell will uniquely prepare you to address the needs of the profession and our society. Your education will include technical content from four areas within civil engineering – environmental, geotechnical, water resources and structural. But it doesn’t stop there. As a Jewell educated engineer, you will also enjoy the benefits of a broad base of learning skills, a depth of intellectual perspective and the critical thinking skills necessary to lead and make a difference in the world around you.

World Ready

A Jewell civil engineering degree is just the beginning. Your Jewell education will prepare you to engage in professional engineering practice, pursue graduate studies and help connect you with your purpose. You will be equipped with the knowledge to confidently analyze and solve complex problems, design solutions that consider the various economic, societal, ethical and environmental implications of your work, and later advance into leadership positions in your profession and in service to your community.

“Jewell is on the short list of liberal arts ABET-accredited civil engineering schools in the country. The training our students receive in civil engineering combined with our Critical Thought and Inquiry Core Curriculum uniquely prepares Jewell graduates to make an immediate impact in the engineering community and solving global issues.”

Dr. Will Lindquist, Associate Professor and Chair of Engineering

My Jewell Journey

Major Walker, Dallas Texas

Alumnus Major Walker shares about his role as a field engineer with McCownGordon Construction.


  • Employers

    Our engineering graduates are working in the Kansas City area and beyond at companies such as:

    • American Rail Engineers (ARE) Corporation (Kansas City)
    • APEX Engineers, Inc. (Kansas City)
    • Bartlett and West (Kansas City)
    • BNSF
    • Decker Construction (Lathrop)
    • Freese and Nichols (New Orleans)
    • Garver (Kansas City)
    • Geotechnology, Inc.
    • GRAM Engineering and Design (Sedalia)
    • HNTB (Kansas City)
    • JE Dunn Construction (Savannah, Georgia)
    • Johnson County Wastewater
    • McCownGordon Construction (Kansas City)
    • Powell CWM (Independence)
    • SCS Engineers (Overland Park, Kansas)
    • Tennessee Department of Transportation
    • Wallace Design Collective (Kansas City)
    • Water's Edge Aquatic Design (Lenexa, Kansas)
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  • Internships

    Many civil engineering students take part in summer internships at companies such as:

    • Bentley Systems, Inc.
    • BRR Architecture (Overland Park, Kansas)
    • Douglas County, Colorado, Engineering Department
    • Geotechnology, Inc. (Kansas City)
    • GRAM Engineering and Design (Sedalia)
    • JE Dunn Construction (Kansas City and Atlanta)
    • Kansas City District US Army Corps of Engineers
    • Kansas Department of Transportation (Topeka)
    • McCownGordon Construction (Kansas City)
    • Merrick and Company - Engineering, Architecture, Surveying, Geospatial (Colorado)
    • Olmsted & Perry Consulting Engineers (Omaha, Nebraska)
    • PEC, Inc. (Wichita, Kansas)
    • Public Works Department, City of Shawnee, Kansas
    • Tennessee Department of Transportation
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  • Program Educational Objectives

    The following educational objectives have been developed for the civil engineering program at William Jewell College, so that graduates will...

    • Engage in professional engineering practice or graduate study;
    • Evaluate the design of a complex system, component, or process and assess compliance with customary standards of practice, user's and project's needs and relevant constraints;
    • Advance into leadership positions in their profession and in service to their communities; and
    • Continue lifelong learning to remain effective professionals in a workplace through participation in professional societies, professional licensure, and knowledge of contemporary issues.
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  • Student Learning Outcomes

    The following learning outcomes prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering and include the following:

    •  An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
    • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
    • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
    • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
    • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
    • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
    •  An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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  • Enrollment and Graduation Data

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Industry Partners

  • Jewell Civil Engineering Advisory Board

    • Mike Alexander, PE – HG Consult
    • Whitney Holloman, Jewell Class of 2020 – JE Dunn Construction
    • Rick Kayser, Jewell Class of 1999 – Alberici Constructors
    • Kenton Newport, PE, Jewell Class of 1982 – HDR, Inc.
    • Andy Noll, PE – City of Liberty, Missouri
    • Mariah Schroeder, PE, ENV SP – Burns and McDonnell
    • Gary Simmons, PhD, PE – Structural Engineer
    • Maria West, PE – Kiewit
    • George White, PE, Jewell Class of 2009 – GLMV Architecture
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