Civil Engineering is the application of science and technology to the planning, design, analysis, construction, operation, and maintenance of the physical facilities required by society. Our department offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, which is accredited by the Civil Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. See this page for program objectives, student outcomes, and graduation data. It is the broadest of all engineering professions, encompassing activities from aerospace to urban planning. Our curriculum offers a wide selection in civil engineering courses, including courses in structural engineering, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, materials, construction engineering and management, and geotechnical engineering. In their third-years students select from one of three civil engineering tracks: infrastructure engineering, environmental and water resources engineering, and structural mechanics and materials.
We’ve provided some links for you that might be of interest to you as you explore joining us here as an undergraduate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
What do civil engineers do?
- Civil Engineers are the fabricators of our modern society and the protectors of the quality of the environment.
- They deal with people and their management, materials and their use, designs and their application, and the problems of beneficially interweaving these factors to serve society.
- Civil engineering projects include environmental facilities, such as systems for water quality control, toxic and hazardous waste control, and storm water networks; structures, such as high-rise buildings, bridges, off-shore platforms, shuttle launch pads, and dams; and transportation facilities, such as airports, highways, and rail. Civil engineering has a long history and a bright future because it serves the basic needs of society.
B. S. degree holder options include:
- Employment with high technology consulting firms, local, state or federal government, contractors or construction firms, public utilities or industrial corporations.
- Graduate studies to pursue an area of specialty within civil engineering which can lead to more advanced employment options in government, consulting, construction or industry, and introduce new options including research and teaching.
- Professional training in law, business administration or medicine.
Subareas of Civil Engineering
Structural Analysis | Structural Design
Structural engineering involves the utilization of art and science in the planning, analysis, design, and construction of structural systems. More
Civil Engineering Materials
Selection of Building Materials | Mechanics of Advanced Materials
As builders of the infrastructure of society, civil engineers need a strong understanding of the property of materials as they relate to civil engineering. More
Soil and Rock Mechanics | Foundation Engineering | Earthquake Engineering
Understanding the physics of the ground upon which we create our infrastructure systems is a critical aspect of civil engineering. More
Water Resources Engineering
Mechanics of Fluids | Stormwater Management | Groundwater Hydrology | Water Supply | Flood Management
Water resources engineering focuses on analyzing and managing volumes of water within natural and man-made systems. More
Water and Wastewater Treatment | Environmental Chemistry | Pollutant Transport | Environmental Quality Management | Water Disposal
Environmental engineering is devoted to the application of science and engineering to the analysis and design of systems that enhance the quality of our environment. More
Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Construction Engineering | Project Management and Planning | Engineering Economics
Infrastructure engineers and project managers implement designs, overseeing the construction of a wide range of structures, including highways systems, office parks, neighborhoods, and dams. More
Design of Transportation Systems | Highway Safety and Traffic Operations | Transportation Infrastructure and Advanced Technology
Transportation engineering involves the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of large scale transportation facilities such as highways, airports, railroads, harbors, pipelines, and public transit systems. More
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