The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers two separate degree programs: Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Both programs are similar in many respects, but each offers its own unique strengths.
As a civil engineer, you will play a critical role in designing, upgrading, and maintaining infrastructure. Civil engineering is one of the broadest areas of engineering practice, and includes multiple fields of practice, such as structural analysis and design, roadways and smart transportation innovations, bridges and superstructures, municipal works, geotechnical applications, hydraulics and waterways, and much more.
Environmental engineers use chemistry, biology, ecosystem, and engineering principles to assess, remediate, and monitor air, water, and land pollution challenges. Environmental engineers address multiple issues, ranging from how to minimize climate change effects on our infrastructure and systems, to providing clean drinking water, to cleaning wastes before they re-enter our ecosystems. Ensuring that our operations are sustainable for future generations is one of the greatest challenges facing society, and environmental engineers are part of the solution.