The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 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.
Graduates of our B.S. in Civil Engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to:
- Solve current and emerging problems in civil and environmental infrastructure.
- Conduct sustainable engineering design incorporating diverse perspectives to improve quality of life.
- Engage in ethical and professional practices, realizing the broader societal implications of civil engineering.
- Serve the profession through collaborative work, leadership roles, professional licensure, advanced degrees, and lifelong learning.
Our curriculum allows students flexibility in choosing courses that reflect their interests within the broad areas of civil engineering. Areas of specialization include geotechnical, structural, transportation, water resources and environmental engineering.
We also provide for 12 hours of technical electives and a senior design project. The technical electives allow students to take additional courses in the areas of civil engineering in which they plan to practice professionally. Currently, there are 42 civil engineering courses from which students may choose.
The department has well-qualified and dedicated faculty. They are recognized nationally and internationally. All faculty members in the department have a doctoral degree. Almost all classes are taught by full-time professors.
The department has excellent laboratory facilities for undergraduate education and research, including the new undergraduate laboratories for water resources and environmental engineering, laboratories for geotechnical engineering and civil engineering materials, and several state-of-the-art research laboratories.