Civil engineering deals with a variety of societal projects, such as design and analysis of bridges, highways, buildings, drinking water treatment plants, municipal wastewater plants, and solid waste management, among others. At the undergraduate level the department offers a BS in Civil Engineering, BS in Environmental Engineering, and a BS in Construction Engineering Technology. The students also have the option to take an environmental concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Both the civil engineering and the construction management degree programs are ABET accredited and the environmental degree, just established in 2015, underwent its first ABET review this past fall.
The undergraduate students have a common freshman year in the College of Engineering, where they learn the broad fundamentals of engineering. The program culminates with senior design projects in the senior year, offering a true multi-disciplinary experience where students work in teams with colleagues from other engineering disciplines and the business school. Graduates typically find employment in civil engineering design and construction companies, government agencies such as the EPA, DEP, DoD, DOT, and others. A number of students also continue to graduate degree programs.
The Department faculty are involved in cutting edge research and offer undergraduate and graduate students a number of opportunities to get involved in their research. Faculty research has been funded by a wide variety of industry and state and federal government agencies. The Department has a vibrant graduate program and offers an MS degree in Civil Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering. Additionally, we have very progressive Ph.D. programs in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering.
I encourage you to explore our department news and programs and contact the faculty to learn more about the ongoing research and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. There are numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in research, and there are a number teaching assistantships and research assistantships available for qualified graduate students. I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you in person.
Rominder P.S. Suri, PhD., P.E.
Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering