Civil engineering is a professional engineering
discipline that deals with the design, construction, and
maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment,
including public works such as roads, bridges, canals, dams,
airports, sewerage systems, pipelines, structural components of
buildings, and railways.
Civil engineering is traditionally broken into a number of sub-disciplines. It is considered to be the oldest engineering discipline. Civil engineering takes place in the public sector from municipal through to national governments, and in the private sector from individual homeowners through to international companies.
The Department of Civil Engineering seeks to understand the world, invent, and innovate with creative design. To address some of the greatest challenges of our time, the department uses approaches that range from basic scientific principles to complex engineering design, at scales from the nano to the global. Emphasizing the use of quantitative approaches, CE features two vibrant centers of gravity: environment (what exists as natural systems) and infrastructure (what is created by human activity).
An education in civil engineering provides an excellent
foundation to solve the world’s greatest challenges in areas
such as sustainability, environment, or energy. It prepares
students for careers in fields as diverse as engineering design,
education, law, and public health, as well as for graduate study
in engineering and science.
Graduates teach and carry out research in universities, work for large firms, start their own businesses, and hold leadership positions in government and nonprofit organizations. The department’s undergraduate program provides a solid background in science and engineering fundamentals while emphasizing hands-on design and research projects that provide real-world context. Students focus on the use of large data, computation, probability, and data analysis, and learn how to combine theory, experiments, and modeling to understand and solve complex science and engineering problems.
Our undergraduate students pursue research in a wide range of areas and disciplines, including:
Prof. Vishal Dehriya