Civil & Environmental Engineering

Standing the Test of Time.

Are you fascinated by buildings, roads, waterways, infrastructure, or sustainable solutions to protect the environment? Do you like working outside? Civil and environmental engineering may be for you. Considered one of the most time-honored and longstanding engineering fields, civil engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure to withstand the forces of nature, while environmental engineers develop systems where humans and nature intersect to protect, recycle, and clean up the planet’s natural resources. Examples include buildings, roads, airports, railroads, bridges, water and wastewater treatment plants, landfills, dams and canals. Civil and environmental engineering solves society’s core problems on a daily basis.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tech can choose from three degree concentrations:

  • Construction Engineering and Management is focused on building our nation’s infrastructure. You will learn how to plan and execute a variety of construction projects while managing the project’s operations. Students are exposed to management principles in addition to technical knowledge necessary for successful project completion.

  • Environmental Engineering will teach you to apply engineering principles and sustainable management practices for the enhancement and protection of human health and the environment. Environmental engineers design water and wastewater treatment, wastewater collection and distribution systems, landfills, and hazardous waste treatment systems, while water resources engineers analyze water supply and demand.

  • Geological Engineering prepares students to become geotechnical and geological engineers, who use the principles of geology, hydraulics and structural mechanics to provide safe, economical and environmentally conscious support to civil engineering structures.

Additional areas of interest or specialization are also offered in infrastructure material science and engineering, structural mechanics, structural engineering, and transportation engineering.

The Road to Success.

Civil engineering student working in the fieldThe $20 trillion U.S. economy relies on a vast network of infrastructure—roads and bridges, shipping ports, electrical grids, and water supply, to name a few. As the world seeks more sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective solutions to build new infrastructure and update existing systems, civil and environmental engineers are in high demand. Our students participate extensively in co-ops, and internships, getting real-world experience in the field, and our graduates are known by employers for being “career ready.” A degree in civil and environmental engineering from Tech will give you a solid start in a career in service to society.

Civil engineering students settng sensors on a bridgeLearning and Leadership.

Part of becoming a civil and environmental engineer is learning to work within complex teams. Student organizations can give you an opportunity to work with others in your major or across disciplines on fun projects while also networking with future employers, faculty experts, and industry leaders. Our students work on projects for the American Society of Civil Engineers every spring and compete in state and national engineering tournaments.


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