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Civil & Environmental Engineering Majors


The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers B.S.E in Civil Engineering and B.S.E. in Environmental Engineering.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Civil Engineering) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

Civil Engineering Major

Civil Engineering is a profession that applies the basic principles of science in conjunction with mathematical and computational tools to solve problems associated with developing and sustaining civilized life on our planet. Civil Engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines both in terms of the range of problems that fall within its purview and in the range of knowledge required to solve those problems. Civil engineers plan, design, build, manage and rehabilitate the facilities essential to modern society: homes and work places; transportation systems for commerce and recreation, and water treatment and waste disposal systems for a healthful life. As part of the construction industry, they build bridges, buildings, tunnels, dams, canals, irrigation systems, harbors, highways, airports, water supply systems, and waste disposal facilities. They develop solutions to environmental problems, study new methods to control traffic, and design outer space and under sea structures.

Civil and Environmental Engineering practice encompasses a wide range of specialties, including: construction management, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, geotechnical and foundation engineering, hydraulics, intelligent transportation systems, irrigation and drainage, materials engineering, structural engineering, surveying and site engineering, urban planning and development, urban transportation, water and waste water treatment system design, water resources planning and management, hazardous waste site remediation, and waterway, port, coastal and ocean engineering.

Civil engineers work in both the public and private sector. They serve as city, town and state public works and environmental engineers. They own and are employed by consulting firms, construction companies and industries. They are employed by a variety of federal and state agencies such as, the Corps of Engineers, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and the Massachusetts Highway Department.

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Environmental Engineering Major

The natural environment is a precious asset that is constantly under threat from existing and emerging contaminants. These contaminants can originate from both industry and day-to-day human activities. Environmental engineers work to protect the environment by preventing and mitigating pollution. They use principles of science and engineering to develop innovative solutions for environmental problems. They are responsible for providing a multitude of vital services such as a clean water supply, wastewater reclamation, solid waste management, recycling, air pollution control, groundwater and soil remediation, and hazardous waste site remediation. An undergraduate degree in environmental engineering is a valuable credential for individuals pursuing a career in private or public sectors, presenting diverse opportunities for professional growth. This degree will also prepare students to pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering or other relevant programs.

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Minor in Business Administration for Civil & Environmental Engineering

The minor in Business Administration for Civil & Environmental Engineering is the most popular minor for Civil Engineering students and is also available for Environmental Engineering students. Many Civil and Environmental engineers are engaged in the enterprise of business. Therefore, a minor in Business Administration for Civil & Environmental Engineering often is a valuable credential.


The BSE/MSE program is available to academically qualified students. This program allows students to count two appropriate graduate courses for both undergraduate and graduate credit. Application to the program is made during the second semester of the junior year. A minimum grade point average of 3.000 based upon the first five semesters of grades, is required for admission into the program. For more information, see the graduate catalog.

For additional information about programs contact the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.