In the nineteenth century, Civil Engineering was defined as, "The art of directing the great sources and powers of nature...for the use and convenience of man". Still valid today, the definition indicates that civil engineers are involved in serving people by providing some of the essentials (e.g. water supplies, shelter and transportation) necessary for civilized life. The oldest of the engineering professions, Civil Engineering deals with the planning, design, and construction of such things as roads, railways, harbours, docks, tunnels, bridges, buildings, water supplies, hydroelectric power development, and sewage collection, treatment and disposal systems.
The program provides a broad introduction to the scientific principles and engineering techniques necessary for an understanding of the fundamental problems tackled by civil engineers.