What is Civil and Environmental Engineering?

Open tower structureCivil and Environmental Engineering encompasses a broad range of activities which include conception, planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of major facilities which are indispensable for modern society. Typical Civil and Environmental Engineering projects include bridges, buildings, tunnels, transportation infrastructure facilities (surface, air, and water), coastal foundation facilities, dams, surface water and ground water supply, distribution, and pollution control, waste water treatment, waste disposal, air pollution control systems, etc.

Civil and Environmental Engineering projects are characterized by their high degree of size, complexity, cost, and coordination involved with other professions. At the same time, Civil and Environmental Engineers dwell into the micro-structure of matter and principles of science to create better materials of construction, study stress in materials, destroy pollutants, etc.

Civil and environmental engineers are immersed in the essential facilities and systems that we encounter everyday. They plan, design, and build structures, roads, dams, treatment plants, bridges, tunnels; harbors and airports; waterways, railways, and highways. They are involved in the structures and systems relating to water power, irrigation, drainage, and water supply, and in issues that relate to waste disposal and various environmental concerns. And they are key figures in land surveying, environmental impact reports, and hazardous material clean-up projects.