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Civil and Environmental engineers solve problems that directly affect nearly everyone’s daily life and health. They are vital to our nation’s effort to rebuild and repair the public infrastructure and protect our natural resources. One of engineering’s oldest disciplines, civil engineering focuses on designing, managing and strengthening:

  • Bridges, dams and waterways
  • Buildings and transportation hubs
  • Energy resources and management
  • Pollution control
  • Roads and tunnels
  • Soil science
  • Waste and hazardous material disposal systems
  • Water supply and sewage systems

You’ll be prepared for a growing industry by the civil and environmental engineering program at Mizzou. You’ll find talented and dedicated faculty focused on top notch research and teaching.

How does a student fit in to 25,000 other undergraduate students? Pretty well. This chart shows how students are divided into smaller communities called FIGS (Freshmen Interest Groups).

Graduate School

More than one-third of civil engineering graduates today go on to earn a master’s degree.

Most full-time graduate students are supported as teaching or research assistants. Some pursue graduate studies parttime while working full-time.

More and more civil engineers are continuing on to the doctorate degree, usually to prepare for careers in research or teaching, and to solve more sophisticated design problems. Obtaining a master’s degree or PhD will greatly help you become an expert in your chosen field.

In civil engineering, as in any profession, your education never ends as old knowledge is continually supplemented by new knowledge. To keep up with the changes, you may pursue continuing education programs made available by universities and professional societies, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Becoming a Professional Engineer

As a civil engineering professional, you will be directly responsible for public safety and welfare.

Your buildings must perform according to their specifications. Your highways must carry traffic safely. Your dams cannot fail. In other words, your work reflects your experience and must conform with the accepted principles and practices of civil engineering.

To become a licensed civil engineer (professional engineer), you must complete the requirements for professional licensure established by the state or territories in which you plan to practice. This requires a combination of education, experience, and the successful completion of at least 2 exams. Each individual state and/or territory maintains updated information regarding specific licensing requirements.

Your first Job

In your first job, you will likely be teamed with a senior engineer. You will be guided through a variety of assignments, depending on the civil engineering specialty area you pursue. Later, job responsibility will increase with your continuing education and experience. This allows you to build your problem-solving skills and your self-confidence.

What will you do at Mizzou?

The engineering topics are selected to provide the necessary technical abilities and skills to meet the departmental educational objectives.

  • Freshman Year
    • Basic computer and graphics courses
  • Sophomore Year
    • Basic engineering science courses which ground the students in fundamentals necessary for future coursework and a sophomore design experience
  • Junior Year
    • Courses provide students with the basic fundamentals in the areas of environmental engineering:
      • geotechnical engineering
      • water resources
      • structural engineering
      • and transportation/traffic engineering.
    • Many of the junior level topics courses contain elements of civil engineering design
  • Senior Year
    • Elective courses in the senior year enable students to specialize in one or more areas of the program or to obtain a broad educational background across the civil engineering discipline.

Design is integrated throughout the curriculum starting with a sophomore design experience ( CE 3010, Decision Methods for Civil Engineering Design)

Design components are contained in most required engineering topics courses. These include:

  • CE 3100 Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering
  • CE 3200 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
  • CE 3312 Reinforced Concrete Design
  • CE 3313 Structural Steel Design
  • CE 3400 Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering
  • CE 3702 Hydrology

Design is also included in many of the elective courses, including

  • CE 4100 Traffic Engineering
  • CE 4300 Structural Steel Design II
  • CE 4302 Advanced and Prestressed Concrete Design
  • CE 4410 Foundation Engineering, etc.

Senior Capstone Project

The design experience culminates in a major senior capstone design experience: CE 4980 Civil Engineering Systems Design. The capstone design project is supplied by consultants, governmental agencies, etc. and is a project they have worked on or are currently working on. The capstone course is a real-life design experience which draws upon most prior course knowledge. The course involves working in teams, both oral and written presentations, a final design report and oversight, and an interaction and evaluation by practicing engineers from industry and government organizations.

The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
Learn about  Civil Engineering ABET Accreditation here.