Undergraduate majors & minors

Baccalaureate Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
    The primary objective of the program is to prepare graduates for professional practice in civil engineering. After foundation courses in mathematics, science, and engineering mechanics, students complete courses that cover seven areas of civil engineering. Additional professional electives provide either specialization or additional breadth within civil engineering and related fields.
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Bio-Resources Option
    The Bio-Resources Engineering Option is similar to the Civil Engineering Option. Students are not required to take a second course in structures and take additional courses in water resources and environmental engineering.
  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology
    The primary objective of the Construction Engineering Technology program is to prepare graduates for project management in the construction industry. After foundation courses in mathematics, science, and engineering mechanics, the curriculum is a combination of technical and management courses. Professional electives provide either specialization or additional breadth in construction and related fields.


Graduate programs

Master of Science in Civil Engineering Research

Graduate education is an opportunity to specialize in your field of interest.  As an undergraduate, you develop broad-based technical expertise with an emphasis on engineering science and design. As a graduate student, you will expand your knowledge of your chosen field tremendously. This experience requires dedication, independent thought, and technical integrity; and rewards you with an increased understanding of what you are passionate about and broader career opportunities.

The Master of Science degree can conclude with one of two options. Plan A,  includes rigorous research and investigation under the guidance of a faculty mentor and graduate committee.  The degree culminates with a publicly defended thesis.  Plan B is a Scholarly paper which illustrates the depth of understanding and professional readiness in the field. Plan B is also under the guidance of a faculty advisor and committee.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

Are you fascinated by biology and natural systems? Do you want to help improve the condition of our planet? Is clean water important to you? Would you like to help people find sustainable energy options? If you answered yes to any of these questions and see yourself as a problem solver, a master's degree in Environmental Engineering will put you on track to finding a satisfying career that suits your interests.

Learn more about how to apply to the graduate programs in the Civil Engineering Department.

PhD in Engineering - Civil Engineering option

PhD study and research is academia's most exact and directed degree goal.  In finality, earning a doctorate would offer distinct independent knowledge that will contribute to the field based on original academic work and research. Specific course selections will be determined by the student and his/her committee to support his/her topic of interest and research project. This degree is culminates in a publicly defended scholarly dissertation.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering degree is offered through the College of Engineering. The Civil Engineering department offers the following options for the Ph.D program:

Applied Mechanics

This option involves research in areas central to engineering mechanics including solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermal mechanics, geo-mechanics, and structures.

Coordinating Departments: Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Typical Research Areas: solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, biomechanics, thermal sciences, structural mechanics.

Civil Engineering

This option involves research in geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, and water resources engineering.

Coordinating Departments: Civil Engineering. Typical Research Areas: geosynthetics, seismic response of structures and foundations, innovative structural materials, intelligent transportation systems, transportation operations, transportation planning, recycled pavements and base materials, road ecology and constructed wetlands, ecohydraulics, and fluid mechanics.

Learn more about how to apply to the graduate programs in the Civil Engineering Department.

Civil Engineering Research areas:

Structural Engineering

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Use of alternative (recycled) materials in structural application
  • Effect of cold on structural behavior and durability
  • Reinforced concrete behavior and design

Transportation Engineering

  • Traffic Safety and Operation
  • Travel Behavior Studies
  • Transportation Planning and Economics
  • Active Transportation and Public Transit
  • Logistics and Freight Management                                                                

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Geosynthetics for soil reinforcement
  • Effect of cold temperature on soft marine clays
  • Soil-Structure interaction
  • Highway materials

Water Resources Engineering

  • Ecohydraulics
  • Stream and Habitat Restoration
  • Constructed Wetlands
  • Computational Fluid Dynamic

Snow and Ice Engineering

  • Snow mechanics
  • Snow hydrology
  • The radiative properties of snow
  • The remote sensing of snow covers
  • Ice sheet and glacier rheology
  • Advanced techniques for the microstructural characterization of ice and snow


Financial Assistance

Teaching and research assistantships are available in the department. Teaching assistantships involve assisting professors with the conduct of classes including preparation and grading. Research assistantships provide the opportunity for work on a research project under the direction of a faculty member. Results of the research done on an assistantship may form the basis for the graduate student’s professional paper, thesis or dissertation. For more information on appointment criteria for assistantships, see the Graduate Assistantships sections of the departmental website.