Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Civil Engineering, B.S.

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Concrete Canoe Race

Students race in the annual Concrete Canoe Competition. Every year a team of students design, build and race a canoe made entirely of concrete.

From implementing smart transit systems, to designing wind farm foundations, to ensuring water quality, to crafting evacuation models, to creating safer bridges, our civil engineers provide the backbone of the world’s infrastructure. We place an emphasis on global learning that bridges classroom knowledge with projects abroad.

The curriculum provides the students with an excellent background to pursue graduate study or to enter directly into professional practice in industry or government after graduation. Students have flexibility in developing their own programs to meet their professional goals through the selection of electives in environmental engineering/water resources, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and construction management.

A unique element of our program is the award winning capstone course sequence. Students work in teams during the senior year, carrying out all tasks that a professional civil engineering firm would perform while designing a major project. Student “companies” are provided with office space in the newly upgraded Senior Design Studio where they complete their projects and present their work in front of panels of professional engineers.

Environmental Engineering Minor

Environmental engineering involves the study of clean water, clean air, waste management, and preservation of resources in ways that minimize effects on our planet.

Suggested Course Track for CVE Students

  1. CHM112 General Chemistry II                                                                        Required course
  2. MCE 341 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics                                                   Professional Elective
  3. CVE 470 or CVE 471 or CVE 475 or CVE 477                                                 Professional Elective
  4. An approved Environmental Engineering Design course                            Professional Elective
  5. An approved Environmental Engineering Design course                            Professional Elective
  6. An approved Environmental Engineering Design or Supporting course     Professional Elective

 Suggested Course Track for CHE Students

  1. CHM112 General Chemistry II                                                                         Required course
  2. CHM 227 Organic Chemistry I                                                                         Required course
  3. CVE 374 Environmental Engineering
  4. CVE 370 Hydraulic Engineering
  5. An approved Environmental Engineering Design course                              Professional Elective
  6. An approved Environmental Engineering Design or Supporting course       Professional Elective

* For an approved list of courses or to learn more about the minor, click here.

Download the Environmental Engineering Minor brochure and declaration form

FastTRAC5: Accelerated 5-Year B.S./M.S. Program


This program allows students to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees within 5 years.  A M.S. is becoming increasingly important for students entering civil engineering.  Under the University’s program, students gain professional training by working at an engineering consulting firm or governmental agency. They also carry out research working closely with a faculty mentor.

For admission into the program students must have junior standing in Civil and Environmental Engineering (minimum of 62 credits) and have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Students must also maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during their participation in the program and pass the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) examination.

Learn more and apply to FastTRAC5.

International Engineering Program (IEP), B.S. Civil Engineering/B.A. Language

Tunnel Project

Alex Reeb inspects a tunneling site during his internship in Germany under the civil engineering German IEP program.

The International Engineering Program combines a B.S. degree in any of the college’s engineering disciplines with a B.A. degree in a foreign language (German, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese or Japanese). The five-year program includes a year of studying abroad. The first semester abroad is spent at the IEP’s partner university taking engineering, language, and culture courses in the host language. This is followed by a six-month paid internship with an international engineering firm in the same country.


The Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  abet logo

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