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Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering: building skills to build a better world.

Civil and environmental engineering is the engineering of constructed facilities:

  • buildings, bridges, tunnels, and dams
  • harbors and airports
  • waterways, railways, and highways
  • water power, irrigation, drainage, and water supply
  • wastewater and hazardous waste disposal
  • environmental health systems

Civil engineers are the professionals who plan, design, direct the construction, and oversee the maintenance of these facilities.

Academic programs

Students who study civil engineering may be interested in pursuing advanced degrees, including UMassD's PhD in Engineering & Applied Science.

Excellence in civil engineering

The department’s faculty members are excellent teachers, active researchers, and recognized innovators, with a focus on:

  • coastal engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • geotechnical engineering
  • structural engineering
  • transportation engineering
  • water resources engineering

Our up-to-date classrooms, laboratories, and facilities make cutting-edge learning and discovery possible—with research opportunities available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Civil & environmental engineering at UMassD

Department News

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UMassD computer science students help save the North Atlantic right whale

In collaboration with Whale and Dolphin Conservation, UMass Dartmouth students developed an educational video game to help protect endangered animals.

PhD graduate Shabnam Mohammadshahi in Dr. Ling's lab
Newly minted PhDs receive prestigious post-doc, tenure-track faculty appointments

Two class of 2024 engineering PhD graduates are moving on to highly competitive postdoctoral research and tenure-track faculty positions

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UMass Dartmouth is trending up

Highlights of an extraordinary academic year

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