MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University has announced a new Bachelor of Science degree in civil and sustainability engineering. Knowledge and skills related to traditional civil engineering areas such as structural analysis and design, steel and concrete design, highway design, transportation systems, stormwater control, wastewater treatment and site remediation are fundamental to the program.  Unlike many civil engineering programs, coursework in construction management and estimating is also included. All design-related courses are taught by professional engineers licensed in Kentucky. Accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology/Engineering Accreditation Commission will be obtainable, which will provide eligibility for graduates to become licensed civil engineers in Kentucky and throughout the United States.

Dr. Danny Claiborne, chair of the Murray State University Institute of Engineering, said he believes that the program will provide convenient access to a high-quality civil engineering education for people in western Kentucky, southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri at a lower cost than most other universities. 

“The new civil and sustainability engineering program joins an already strong engineering program in engineering physics, with tracks in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and advanced physics, which has been EAC/ABET-accredited for over 25 years,” Claiborne said. “Murray State’s engineering and related programs continue to grow and provide the region with quality graduates in support of economic growth and development.”

The degree, which can be completed in four years, will be offered in a traditional classroom format on the University’s main campus in Murray. Possible careers include, but are not limited to, working with engineering consulting firms as a civil engineer, engineering designer, and field engineer. Additionally, those career paths may include working with state and federal agencies — especially in transportation design and environmental oversight — as well as working with municipalities as city or county engineers. Students will also be prepared to pursue graduate degrees in civil and environmental engineering. 

Through its various engineering and engineering technology programs, Murray State’s Institute of Engineering is at the forefront of producing graduates who provide value added to their communities and society as a whole. The University’s new Engineering and Physics Building provides a state-of-the-art facility to ensure students have the best hands-on education possible.

For more information about this new program, please visit Individuals may also contact Dr. Danny Claiborne at or call 270-809-6910.  

Photo: Murray State University has announced a new Bachelor of Science degree in civil and sustainability engineering. Pictured is the University’s new Engineering and Physics Building.

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