What’s in the Guide
In this Guide you will find information on useful Internet resources for civil engineering majors at Penn State University. These resources include an index, a professional journal, a government database, and multiple civil engineering websites. When used correctly, these resources can serve multiple purposes for a typical civil engineering student. They can help aid you in making a concentration decision, researching for a CE class, or finding a job upon graduation. All of the resources listed are available online through the link provided, giving you access to them whenever you are connected to the internet.
1.2 Who the Guide is for
This Guide was written for junior and senior level students majoring in civil engineering at Penn State University. A student that is not junior or senior level could still use the guide to learn more about the civil engineering major, but the information would not be applicable to their classes since they have not begun taking their core major courses. As a junior or senior, this guide can serve many purposes throughout your last two years at Penn State. If you are just beginning your first semester as a CE major, you can use this Guide to learn about the different concentrations associated with civil engineering. By doing this, you will find what interests you most and help you decide what classes to take. If you need to do research for a class, this Guide can help you find the right resource to the information you are looking for. Also, as a senior preparing for graduation, you can use this Guide to help aid you in job searching and networking.
1.3 Assumptions about the reader
It is assumed that the reader of this Guide has a basic understanding of what a civil engineer is and the type of work that they do. The reader should also be familiar with the five concentrations of civil engineering offered here at Penn State. Those concentrations being: structural, geotechnical, transportation, water resources, and environmental. The reader should have a basic understanding of what each of these five concentrations entails. Also, it is assumed that the reader knows how to access the Internet and can navigate their way from the Guide to the linked website. By having these basic understandings stated above, use of the Guide should be simple and straight forward.