The Kentucky Department of Highways was organized in 1912, at that time the field of highway engineering was new, little was actually known about the scientific process of building roads, there were no highway engineers as such. The civil engineer because of his experience in the construction of railroads and public works was to become the highway engineer in the future. As road building began to be an important fact, most schools added courses in highway construction to the already over-crowded field of civil engineering, and highway engineering today is considered on of the major branches of the broad field of civil engineering. The general practice is to give the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering for four years of college study; and, by additional study, one may major in highway engineering and receive the Master of Science in Civil Engineering (highway major).
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Terrell, D. V., "The Kentucky Department of Highway’s Scholarship Program" (1962). Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report. 1387.