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About our Department


The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will excel in undergraduate and graduate instruction, in research in all sub-areas of civil and environmental engineering, and in service to the public consistent with the land-grant mission of the university. The Department will make significant contributions to the economic development of the state, region and nation.


The mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to provide quality education to prepare nationally competitive undergraduate students for a successful career in civil and environmental engineering; to provide advanced skills and knowledge in state-of-the-art research and design in sub-areas of civil and environmental engineering for graduate students; and to provide service to the university, engineering profession, and the public.

Educational Objectives

The following program educational objectives are consistent with the university, college and department missions. Graduates of our B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to have:

  1. Established a mastery of fundamental knowledge, problem solving skills, engineering experimental abilities, and design capabilities for a civil engineering career and/or graduate school.
  2. Established the knowledge and skills necessary for identifying and assessing design alternatives and the related social, economic, environmental, and public safety impacts.
  3. Demonstrated their ability to deal effectively with ethical and professional issues, taking into account the broader societal implications of civil and environmental engineering.
  4. Obtained or made progress for obtaining professional licensure, assumed or made progress toward assuming leadership roles, and engaged in life-long learning.

Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Duties and Responsibilities

Civil and Environmental engineering includes the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of large and permanent engineering projects of our civilization. Civil and Environmental engineers are in demand wherever there are people. The major subdivisions of civil and environmental engineering are structural, geotechnical, environmental, sanitary, water resources, and transportation engineering.

The civil and environmental engineer is responsible for such projects as bridges and large buildings, dams, and other river and harbor work, municipal water supply and sanitation facilities, streets, highways, and other transportation facilities. On many projects, civil and environmental engineers work in close cooperation with engineers and scientists from other fields. The B.S. in Civil Engineering program at NDSU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,