Civil & Environmental Engineering

About the Department

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is dedicated to the education of the next generation of engineers and researchers who will solve the nation's most pressing problems, build a better environment and ensure a strong and sustainable future. With one of the largest civil engineering undergraduate programs in Tennessee, a robust graduate program, a support system of alumni 3,000 strong, and external research funding with agencies such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and more, our civil and environmental engineers are creating solutions in service to society. 

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET





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Department History

In 1970, the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree program at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) received its first accreditation by ABET. Since then, the BSCE has maintained its ABET accredited status continuously. The most recent ABET visit occurred Fall 2014.

The current CEE Department at Tennessee Tech was established in 1928 as a two-year program in Civil Engineering. The third year was added in 1931 and the fourth year in 1932. In 1949, the School of Engineering was instituted with Civil Engineering as one of the five departments. The M.S. degree program in the Department was initiated in 1967, with the first graduate degree conferred in 1969. In 1987, the first Ph.D. with an emphasis in Civil Engineering was conferred. In the fall semester of 1993, the "Environmental Engineering" extension was added to the departmental name and the Department was renamed as the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Department has grown continually in student population over the last 60 years. It started with an undergraduate enrollment of fewer than 50 students. By 1964 the enrollment stood at 100. It increased continually over the subsequent years, and in 1994 the enrollment in the program for the first time reached 300. For the Fall 2015 semester the enrollment was 356 students.

The successful accreditation history of the BSCE degree program has been possible due to a well-rounded education that is delivered to undergraduate students. As one of the largest Civil Engineering undergraduate programs in Tennessee, the program enjoys an excellent reputation. Ever since its establishment, the Department has produced outstanding engineers, researchers, and educators. Graduates of the program are highly sought after by industry and government as well as graduate programs across the nation. The alumni have developed successful careers and served in leadership roles throughout the state, region, and nation.

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