The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Civil Engineering

Are you a prospective student interested in being a key player in creating the sustainable and resilient infrastructure of the future? Civil and environmental engineers develop ways to effectively and appropriately utilize natural resources to design and build the infrastructure that benefits society while protecting the environment.

Graduates from our Civil and Environmental Engineering Department embark on careers that concentrate on design, construction, and management work in many areas of civil engineering, including transportation systems, drinking water and wastewater treatment systems, buildings, bridges, tunnels, dams, wind energy systems, and other critical areas of the built infrastructure.

As a student in civil engineering you will acquire and use basic science skills (mathematics, chemistry, physics) in the solution of real-world problems affecting society.

Examples of core engineering courses where these skills are applied include:

  • Strength of materials
  • Structural analysis
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Soil mechanics
  • Environmental engineering principles
  • Transportation engineering

Elective courses in specialized areas of civil engineering such as environmental and water resources engineering, structural engineering and mechanics, geotechnical engineering, and transportation engineering will permit you to gain the breadth and depth needed for a successful civil engineering career in any of these sub-fields.

Exciting electives to fine-tune your degree include Highway Location and Geometric Design; Foundation Engineering; Design of Steel Structures; Design of Concrete Structures; Hydrology; Water Supply and Wastewater Collection.


95% of our students in the civil engineering graduating Class of 2020 reported successful career placement or acceptance into graduate school within six months of graduation. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of industries, with placements in consulting firms, construction companies, state agencies (such as MassDOT), utilities (such as National Grid), and private businesses (such as GE Renewable Energy).


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Contact / Undergraduate Advisor

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is dedicated to providing personal guidance and mentoring to all students. For more information or questions about civil engineering, please contact Jodi Ozdarski, academic advisor and director of alumni affairs, at