Department of Civil Engineering


Civil engineering involves the application of physical and mathematical principles to solve the problems of society. Civil engineering is a broad profession and includes several specialized sub-disciplines such as: structural, transportation, geotechnical, construction, water resources, and environmental. It utilizes a background knowledge of mathematics, physics, statics, mechanics, materials science, soil properties, hydrology, water resources, environmental resources, and other fields. Civil engineers’ duties include analysis, planning, design, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, roadway networks, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

Student success is the primary goal of the civil engineering program faculty. We are committed to helping our students learn, using innovative and hands-on educational methods, and we are anxious to support students in achieving academic excellence. The Civil Engineering undergraduate degree is designed to prepare students for entry into the engineering profession and to become licensed professional engineers. Our graduate degree options are designed to meet the needs of engineers who are currently employed in industry, government, and consulting, as well to provide opportunities for students who desire a traditional research-based graduate degree. The graduate program offers a broad core curriculum with opportunities for concentrated study in three majors: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Management, and Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering.

Department Chair: Dr. Isaac Wait
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