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Civil and Environmental Engineering Degree

Program Offerings

South Dakota Mines offers:
• Bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering
• Accelerated master of science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (earn your bachelor’s and master’s in as little as five years)
• Master of science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering
• Doctor of philosophy degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering
• Minors: Environmental Engineering, Global Engineering and Science, and Sustainable Engineering
• Certificate: Construction Engineering and Management; and Global Engineering and Science

*The BS in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

What is Civil and Environmental Engineering?

Civil and environmental engineering is one of the oldest engineering disciplines, dating back to ancient times. Civil and environmental engineering primarily deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of our built and natural environment. This includes the design, construction, and maintenance of public works such as roads, bridges, buildings, water systems, treatment facilities, dams, riverways, streams and much more.

What does a civil and environmental engineer do?

Civil and environmental engineers design and maintain the systems and infrastructure that modern societies rely on every day. This includes the roads, bridges, and railways we use to travel; the buildings where we go to work, school, and live; the water treatment plants and distribution systems that supply the water we use; and more. Civil and environmental engineers are stewards of our natural resources and ensure that they are utilized in a sustainable way.
To learn more about what Civil and Environmental Engineers do watch this video from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

First-Year Courses

Examples of the required courses for civil and environmental engineering at Mines:
• English
• Chemistry
• Physics
• Calculus
• Statics
• Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering

Course Curriculum

Link to Catalog

Internships and Co-ops

On average, 79 percent of South Dakota Mines students have applicable work experience when they graduate, thanks to internships and co-ops. For these co-ops and internships, students receive an average salary of $19.70/hour.

Civil engineering students intern at such companies as Burns and McDonnell, Nucor, Houston Engineering Inc., and Kiewit. This wage does not include housing stipends and relocation assistance which are often provided by companies.

Career Outlook

The average starting salary for a 2018-2019 South Dakota Mines civil and environmental engineering graduate was $60,794. The job placement rate for 2018-2019 SD Mines civil and environmental engineering graduates was 97 percent.


Civil and environmental engineers are problem-solvers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are developing solutions for our most pressing challenges. They work in a wide variety of careers and fields including construction, structural, geotechnical, transportation, water resources, and environmental engineering.

• Construction engineers oversee the planning, management, and construction of infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, buildings, utilities, and site development.

• Structural engineers work with architects, owners, and contractors to design and build bridges, buildings, dams, tunnels, and many other structures to withstand a variety of forces including extreme events such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
• Water resource engineers work in the field of hydrology and hydraulics. They design water storage and distribution systems, analyze runoff amounts and design stormwater management systems, and provide design and analysis for infrastructure associated with natural water bodies such as streams and lakes.
• Transportation engineers oversee the operation, maintenance, design and building of ports, airports, pipelines, railways, roads, and highways as well as traffic planning to ensure transportation systems are safe and efficient. Transportation engineers keep people, goods, and services moving.

• Geotechnical engineers work with engineers from all other civil engineering fields, geologists and environmental scientists to design the foundations of buildings, bridges, and other structures. Geotechnical engineers also design and oversee construction and operations of dams, levees, and mines. Geotechnical engineers work to prevent natural disasters such as landslides and reduce the risks to the public from earthquakes and floods.

• Environmental engineers design and operate treatment processes for cleaning up contaminated soil, air, and water.


South Dakota Mines civil and environmental engineering graduates work for such companies as:
Baker Concrete
Black Hills National Forest
SD Department of Transportation

Civil and Environmental Engineering Research

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is actively engaged in research aimed at enhancing society by developing new materials, preserving and protecting the environment, creating sustainable solutions, increasing our understanding of engineering systems and their design, and examining the best approaches for training a new engineering workforce.

CEE research is focused on the following strategic areas:
• Energy and the environment
• Materials and manufacturing
• STEM education

Other research areas include:

• Sustainability/life cycle assessment systems evaluations
• Improving and stabilizing food supplies
• Contaminant fate and transport
• Cleanup of historical mine sites
• Bio-inspired structures
• Engineering with microbes
• Earthquake engineering
• Community resilience
• Multi-functional materials
• Concrete and Geopolymer Materials
• Conversion of waste to energy
• Surface treatments
• River and stream migration
• Sustainable materials
• Air quality
• Water resource management
• Service learning




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