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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?

As a civil and environmental engineering major at South Dakota Mines, you’ll be studying one of the oldest engineering fields in history. Our modern society depends on the expertise of civil and environmental engineers to design, build, and maintain critical infrastructure, from roads to bridges and even water treatment systems.

At South Dakota Mines, you will learn by doing, gaining hands-on experience with technology and software used by professional engineers.

What does a civil and environmental engineer do?

Civil and environmental engineers design, build, and maintain infrastructure that works in harmony with our natural world. This includes the roads, bridges, and railways we use to travel; the buildings where we go to work, go to school and live; the water treatment plants and distribution systems that supply the water we use; and much more. 

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

As a South Dakota Mines civil and environmental engineering major, you’ll have a chance to intern with companies like:

• Burns & McDonnell
• Nucor
• Houston Engineering Inc.
• Black & Veatch
• Kiewit
• Colorado Department of Transportation
• Inros Lackner in Germany
• Halliburton
• Interstate Engineering
• Braun Intertec
• Coughlin Porter Lundeen
• Oldcastle Riverbend Materials
• BX Civil & Construction

Overall, 79% of Mines students land internships earning an average salary of $19.70/hr.

Career Outlook

As a South Dakota Mines civil and environmental engineering graduate, you can expect to earn an average starting salary of $60,794.

You will go on to work for companies like Kiewit, Mortenson, and the US Department of Interior. One of our civil engineering graduates - John W. Henderson - became Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Installations, Environment and Energy. The job placement rate for 2018-2019 South Dakota Mines civil and environmental engineering graduates was 97%.


With a degree in civil and environmental engineering from South Dakota Mines, you will become a problem solver, entrepreneur, and innovator. You will be able to work in a wide variety of careers and fields including construction, structural, geotechnical, transportation, water resources, and environmental engineering.


South Dakota Mines civil and environmental engineering graduates work for such companies as:

• Burns & McDonnell
• Baker Concrete
• Black Hills National Forest
• Nucor
• Kiewit
• SD Department of Transportation
• US Air Force
• US Army Corp of Engineers
• Mortenson

Civil and Environmental Engineering Research

As a student at South Dakota Mines, you will have the opportunity to engage in research even as an undergrad. The Mines 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




SD Mines is the #1 Engineering School in the country for return on investment!

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