College of Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

The BS degree program in civil engineering is flexible while providing both breadth and depth within the discipline.  At MSU, all engineering students are engaged in engineering core courses starting in their freshman year, through the First-Year Engineering CoRe Experience. Civil engineering students take required courses in mechanics, materials, environmental engineering, fluid mechanics, geotechnical engineering, structures, and transportation that provide breadth.  More depth in selected areas and flexibility is provided in the junior and senior years when students must take electives in at least four different areas—selected from environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structures, pavement engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources.  Further specialization can be pursued in these areas. The program concludes with a senior-level comprehensive team-based capstone design course.  High-achieving students can opt to do the program’s fast-track linked program to an MS in civil engineering.  More details are provided via several other links: detailed program requirements and a typical 4-year program, course descriptions, and the curriculum flowchart, enrollment and degree completion data.


Logo of the ABET Accreditation CommissionOur Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.,

ABET requires that all accredited programs have defined Program Educational Objectives (PEOs). PEOs are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation and are based on the expectations of the program’s stakeholders.  The PEOs below are shared by both the civil and environmental engineering programs.  They have been in effect (with relatively minor changes) since 2005,with the most-recent modifications being made in 2013.

The Civil Engineering Program at Michigan State University has adopted the student outcome requirements of Criterion 3 of the ABET Engineering Criteria, but has revised them to specifically describe the civil engineering graduate. Their achievement by the graduates of our program plays a major role in accomplishing our Program Education Objectives and is supportive of the mission of Michigan State University and of the College of Engineering.


Faculty members bring insight and expertise to the education of tomorrow’s civil and environmental engineers.  All are engaged in both undergraduate and graduate education as well as cutting-edge research programs.  All of our courses are taught by either regular faculty or experienced professional engineers who are brought to the department because of their particular expertise in the field.  All faculty members are mentored as they develop as teachers and many have won department, college, university, and/or national awards for their contributions in the classroom.  Please take time to review the education, experience, and research interests of individual faculty members.

Beyond the Classroom: Research and Other Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities available to our students beyond the traditional classroom including research opportunities, internships, and education abroad.  Many of our undergraduate students work with faculty members in their labs or in the field.  These opportunities can be developed through established programs for selected honors students, the Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, or more informal connections.  While we have no formal requirement for internships, many of our students obtain professional experience through summer placements or (for some) during a semester away from the university in the cooperative engineering education program.  Many of these opportunities are coordinated through The Center for Spartan Engineering, at the college level. Students may also participate in education abroad opportunities, some of which are coordinated at the college level.

Dual BS/MS Program

Undergraduate students in our programs who have a grade point average at or above 3.0 may apply for a Dual BS/MS program that integrates their BS and MS programs of study by allowing up to 9 credits of coursework to be counted toward both degrees.  Students interested in the Dual BS/MS Program should discuss their options with the CEE advisor during their junior year as the student must be accepted into the program before courses that will be counted toward both programs are completed.