The Civil & Environmental Engineering Major prepares students for professional involvement in structural, water resources, environment, geotechnical (soils), and transportation engineering.
Structural engineers analyze and design buildings, bridges, and other structures. Water resource and environmental engineers design pipeline systems, water treatment plants, dams, flood control structures, waste disposal sites, and environmental restoration projects.
Geotechnical engineers design structures composed of or located within earth materials, including foundations for buildings and bridges, retaining walls, earth dams, highway embankments, tunnels, and liners for landfills.
Traffic and transportation engineers apply scientific principles to the planning, design, construction, operation, and management of transportation systems, including highways, airports, and mass transit facilities.
Environmental engineers evaluate and reduce pollutants from natural, human, agricultural, and industrial sources to preserve the beauty and quality of air, land, and water.
Civil engineers are employed in industry, private consulting, and government. Industries employing many civil and environmental engineers include construction, transportation, aerospace, petroleum, and mining. Because civil engineers design structures that affect public health and safety, licensure as a Professional Engineer is required for most positions.