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Civil and Environmental Engineering

What is a civil engineer?

Civil engineers design and construct the infrastructure, facilities, and transit systems essential to modern life and solve environmental and public health problems on a global scale.

With Mines' hands-on curriculum, students dive in from day one. Hardrockers have made a record-breaking concrete airplane that flew straight into the pages of Popular Science and the New York Times. They've faculty combat Mongolian dust storms and built a greenhouse on the Pine Ridge Reservation here at home.

Video: "Venkataramana Gadhamshetty Wants To Power Cities with Tomatoes" by History Channel 2017


Average Starting Salary

  • Burns & McDonnell 
  • Baker Concrete
  • Black Hills National Forest
  • SD DOT
  • Nucor
  • Corps of Engineers   
  • Kiewit
  • Schlumberger           


  • engineering consulting firms
  • mining
  • construction engineering and management
  • site or structural engineer
  • water resources engineer
  • compliance officer
  • building projects, pipelines
  • geotechnical engineer
  • environmental engineer

Internships & Co-ops

75% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops, and research opportunities at an average salary of over $17 an hour at 240 employers in 39 states. Students have interned at Caterpillar, Burns & McDonnell, Houston Engineering, Nucor, and Kiewit. 

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Global Experiences

Experience the adventure of international travel and apply your engineering knowledge to humanitarian efforts with Engineers & Scientists Abroad. Over the past ten years, faculty have led 75 projects involving clean drinking water, site surveying, pollution abatement, and alternative energy for orphanages, universities, medical clinics, and more in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

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Not just academic experts, faculty in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering consult with industry and government on important regional, national and global projects.

More information is provided by the SD Mines Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

An Accelerated Master's Degree Program is available. The Accelerated Master’s Degree program enables a student to complete both the BS and MS degrees in as little as 5 years.

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