Q: Is Civil Engineering the oldest of the engineering disciplines?
A: Civil Engineering is the oldest of the engineering disciplines, and today, covers many specialties.
Q: What are some of the Civil Engineering specialties?
A: Specialties or sub-discipline areas of Civil Engineering include: Construction Engineering and Management, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Management, Engineering Mechanics and Materials, Transportation and Coastal Engineering, Water Resources Engineering.
Q: Will I need to master all of these sub-discipline areas?
A: Because civil engineering is so broad, it is not generally possible to become proficient in all its specialties. Therefore, a civil engineer will usually specialize in one of the fields above, or a sub-area of a field, and will have only a general knowledge of the other fields.