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The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is one of 9 academic departments within the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri.

Established in 1859, this ABET accredited program houses almost 500 undergraduate students, about 60 graduate students and 21 faculty.


An Interdisciplinary Approach

Mizzou’s large campus gives engineering faculty and students the opportunity to work with people from a diverse range of disciplines.

Being so close to the Department of Geological Sciences or partnering with MU Campus Facilities, for example, provides countless opportunities for collaborative research.

This interdisciplinary approach is reflected in engineering classrooms, and through undergraduate research and student teams and organizations, students learn the importance of communicating across disciplines, a valuable skill they can take with them as they begin careers.

Interdisciplinary Projects in the News

What do civil and environmental engineers do?

Civil engineers design and supervise the construction of roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and water supply and sewage systems. They must consider many factors in the design process, from the construction costs and expected lifetime of a project to government regulations and potential environmental hazards such as earthquakes and hurricanes. Civil engineering, considered one of the oldest engineering disciplines, encompasses many specialties. The major ones are structural, water resources, construction, environmental, transportation and geotechnical engineering. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others may work in design, construction, research and teaching.

Environmental engineers develop solutions to environmental problems using the principles of biology and chemistry. They are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues. Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of the hazard, advise on treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. They design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems. They conduct research on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects, analyze scientific data and perform quality-control checks. Environmental engineers are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues. They study and attempt to minimize the effects of acid rain, global warming, automobile emissions and ozone depletion. They may also be involved in the protection of wildlife. Many environmental engineers work as consultants, helping their clients to comply with regulations, to prevent environmental damage and to clean up hazardous sites.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Engineers, on the Internet at (visited June 17, 2008).


Our faculty members teach and research alongside graduate and undergraduate students in the following research specialties:

Department History

  • Civil engineering education at MU began in 1856 with the establishment of the first Chair of Civil Engineering.
  • The Department of Civil Engineering was established soon after in 1859.
  • In 1871, the School of Engineering was established at MU.
  • In 1907, the College of Engineering was officially separated from the College of Agriculture.
  • Also in 1907, Ada Wilson, BSC, became the first woman engineering graduate at MU.
  • The Civil Engineering baccalaureate program was first accredited by ABET in 1936.
    Formally became The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1998.