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What is Civil Engineering?

While buildings, roads and bridges are the first things that come to mind when most people hear "civil engineering," this dynamically evolving field is so much more. Civil engineers design, build and maintain the infrastructure countries need to improve the quality of life and promote economic growth. The future of the civil engineering profession brings new challenges and opportunities to create more sustainable and resilient communities; care for and preserve the built and natural environment; repair and rebuild an aging and rapidly deteriorating infrastructure; build smart cities and data-smart infrastructure; innovate and integrate technology in practice; assess and manage risks; explore and harvest renewable energy; and reshape mobility and improve safety in a new era of sharing economy.

At Old Dominion University, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) covers a diverse range of engineering disciplines including structural, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, transportation, and more. This wide variety of concentrations offer students several options in an exciting, ever-evolving profession.

Program Overview

The Civil and Environmental Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and offers a curriculum designed to provide education in a diverse range of engineering disciplines including environmental, geotechnical, hydraulics and water resources, transportation, structural and more.

The CEE department offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), as well as graduate programs leading to a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE), Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (M.S.) and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The undergraduate degree in civil engineering prepares graduates for entry into professional practice and continued intellectual and professional development throughout their career. The program prepares its graduates to serve as master planners, designers, constructors, and operators/managers of the built environment as well as stewards of natural resources and the environment. Civil engineering graduates are also prepared to serve as both innovators and integrators in the application of existing and developing technologies in the creation and maintenance of society's infrastructure. They also serve as evaluators and managers of risk and uncertainty and apply engineering knowledge and science to the protection of the built environment and public health.

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