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Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program Director:

Dr. Sergio Breña, email: 


Degree: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

The infrastructure for transport, energy, industry and commerce is the result of civil engineering.

The Field

Civil and Environmental Engineers design, build, and maintain the infrastructure of our modern world. They envision creative, practical solutions that benefit the everyday lives of people and the communities in which we live.  They provide the infrastructure upon which we travel, the water that we drink, the buildings in which we live and work, and solutions for the by-products (wastewater and air pollution) of our present-day standard of living.  Civil Engineering is one of the most diverse engineering disciplines, and encompasses a variety of sub-disciplines, including structural engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, and transportation.

Civil and Environmental Engineering is a “people” oriented profession. Unlike other engineering fields, Civil Engineers spend much of their professional life interacting with the public, in the conception, design, and construction of public works.  The field requires creativity, analytical skills, a sound understanding of the principles of basic engineering, science, and math, and the ability to communicate this knowledge to others.  In the 21st century, a primary goal of Civil Engineers will be to develop sustainable, resilient infrastructure that meets the needs of society today as well as in the future.

The Major

The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Program offers students a rigorous and comprehensive education in all aspects of the Civil Engineering discipline, including surveying, construction, materials, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, hydraulics, hydrology, and environmental engineering. Elective requirements offer the opportunity for more advanced study in specific areas. This challenging undergraduate program prepares students for direct entry into the profession or graduate-level study.

Students begin the program with foundational courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. The core curriculum is composed of courses in environmental engineering principles, probability and statistics, statics, strength of materials, engineering geology, transportation, and other specialized areas. During their junior and senior years, students take advanced courses in engineering and design. The program culminates in a senior design project, where students’ knowledge and skills are applied to a real-world problem.

The curriculum is designed so that our graduates meet our four Program Educational Objectives.  The Objectives describe the accomplishments we expect of our graduates:  within three to five years of graduation Program graduates will have become employed in engineering or a related profession or will have continued with graduate studies; within three to five years of graduation Program graduates will have been recognized by supervisors and colleagues as possessing the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in engineering or related field and will be progressing toward the appropriate professional license or credentials; within five to ten years of graduation Program graduates will have demonstrated leadership and service within their profession and in their communities through participation in professional societies and charitable organizations and similar civic service activities; and throughout their careers program graduates will use educational opportunities to continue to expand their knowledge and skills in areas required for their career.


The department is dedicated to providing personal guidance and mentoring to all students. Each semester before registration, CEE hosts an evening of pizza and advising to provide course recommendations and counseling to every undergraduate student. Additionally, each student is assigned an individual faculty advisor for the duration of their undergraduate experience. 

Undergraduates are also invited to attend the biannual Civil and Environmental Career Fairs, where they can learn about local and national companies filling positions for summer internships, COOP opportunities, and full-time permanent positions. Additional career advice, interview scheduling, and information sessions are available through the College of Engineering’s Career and Student Development Center.


The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department welcomes students who meet University admissions requirements, have a strong background in math and science, and are motivated to excel. Applications are processed through the University Admissions Office, and online application is available. All students are admitted into the College of Engineering as Pre-Engin majors; admission into the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is based upon successful completion of the introductory courses (Math 131, Engin 111, EngWP 122, Chem 111), with a grade of C or better in each course.

For more information on the application process, or to apply online, click here »