Undergraduate Education

Civil and environmental engineers are problem solvers who meet our world's needs for environmental stewardship, renewable energy, sustainable design solutions, and community planning for a better tomorrow. Civil and environmental engineers serve the public by designing 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, among others.

As an undergraduate civil and environmental engineering student at SD Mines, you will be encouraged to take advantage of award-winning instructors, small class sizes, and ready access to undergraduate research opportunities, co-ops and internships, and activities and organizations.

BS Civil Engineering

At the School of Mines, undergraduate students interested in a career in civil and/or environmental engineering follow a curriculum that culminates in an ABET-accredited BS degree in civil engineering. Students interested in general civil engineering take courses in a variety of areas, including environmental, geotechnical, water resources, structural, construction, and sustainable engineering. Students may select an emphasis area, or take courses in several areas. Learn more about the general civil engineering curriculum.

Environmental Engineering Emphasis Option

Students who wish to study environmental engineering at the School of Mines follow a curriculum that culminates in an ABET-accredited BS civil engineering degree with an emphasis in environmental engineering. Students who chose an environmental emphasis take additional science, chemistry, and chemical and biological engineering courses relevant to environmental engineering.  Learn more about the environmental emphasis curriculum.


At the School of Mines, undergraduate students start collaborating with faculty on research, an honor often reserved only for graduate students. 


The department also offers minors in environmental engineering and sustainable engineering for students wishing to enhance their knowledge in these important areas.  Find more information on minors offered at SDSM&T.

Undergraduate Certificates

A new Global Engineering Certificate is available to undergraduate students beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year. This exciting addition has been created to train our students to navigate advanced intercultural communication and implement teaming skills that are often crucial on 21st century engineering projects.