What is Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineers plan, design and supervise construction of buildings, roadways, bridges, water supply systems, communications networks and transportation systems. Using modern technology, they solve pollution and planning problems and tackle other engineering challenges. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers both bachelors and master's degree programs. The undergraduate program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, (http://www.abet.org) includes course work in construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resources engineering. Classroom instruction, conducted by award-winning professors, is supplemented by hands-on laboratory experience, field trips and the opportunity to participate in student clubs, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, Associated General Contractors, Institute of Transportation Engineers and Water Environmental Federation. To accommodate graduate students who also work, graduate courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening.

Areas of Specialization Include

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Career Planning

Preparation for a career in Civil Engineering should begin in high school by taking as many math and science courses as possible. Physics, chemistry, algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry and computer sciences are particularly important. Since engineers must communicate their technical ideas to those they work with, English skills are also very important. Taking courses in English, literature, foreign languages, and speech will help prepare you for studying in our department.