Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and environmental engineers make a difference. They serve the public by designing a wide variety of infrastructure systems such as dams and waterways, harbors, bridges, buildings, water supply and wastewater systems, highways and airports, tunnels and pipelines, and renewable energy facilities. Civil and environmental engineers also serve as stewards of the natural environment and its resources.
Undergraduate students interested in a career in civil and environmental engineering follow a curriculum that culminates in an ABET-accredited BS degree in civil engineering. Students interested in environmental engineering take a curriculum tailored specifically to this important area of study. Our mission, program educational objectives, and student outcomes prepare graduates to enter the workforce right after graduation or pursue graduate studies in civil engineering, environmental engineering, construction management, or other professional degrees such as medicine or law.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers a civil engineering MS (MS CE) and a construction management MS (MS CM) in the department; in addition our faculty and students participate in the interdisciplinary atmospheric and environmental sciences (AES) and materials engineering and science (MES) programs on campus. Our faculty and students are engaged in a wide variety of research projects, ranging from renewable energy to sustainable and advanced materials to environmental impact assessment of abandoned mines and water quality studies. We have a proud tradition of excellence in our programs, and our graduates are highly sought after by employers in a wide variety of industries across the nation.
Civil and environmental engineers often work on interdisciplinary teams to solve complex system design problems, so a broad background in engineering fundamentals and the natural sciences is essential. Students go on to take courses in a variety of subdisciplinary areas, and may select an emphasis area, or choose to take courses in several areas.
Welcome to an exciting discipline in which you use your creativity, intelligence, problem-solving skills, and the knowledge you gain from coursework to build a better, safer, and more sustainable world!