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Civil Engineers serve society by designing the built environment and managing the natural environment.  You will learn to plan, design, and construct civil works like highways, water and wastewater systems, tunnels, dams, buildings, and bridges.  

One of the oldest and largest branches of engineering is civil engineering. Without civil engineers our society would not be the way it is today. Civil engineering involves structures such as buildings, bridges, tunnels, roads and railways. Recall the Great Wall of China for example, it is considered one of civil engineering’s greatest accomplishments, stretching more than 6,000 miles long! The planning, designing, and supervision of construction of high-rise buildings, airports, water treatment centers, and sanitation plants is all done by civil engineers. Eventually, it will be civil engineers who make it possible for humans to live on Mars! Careers are available in the areas of government, consulting, construction, research, and education.



Water resources modeling                                              

Structural fire resistance

High performance structural and pavement materials

Water and waste water treatment



Builders                Government Agencies

Construction          Designers

Researchers          Environmental Planners    



Civil & Environmental Engineering website

Michigan State University
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3546
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-5107
Fax: (517) 432-1827

Click here for the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Adviser.