Utah State University offers master’s and doctorate degrees in civil & environmental engineering. Students can pursue one of four specializations: structural engineering, transportation engineering, environmental engineering and river mechanics. In addition, we offer a master’s or doctorate degree in irrigation engineering.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers plan, design, construct, and maintain public works, such as roads, bridges, harbors and irrigation systems. While they focus on building, they also look at the environmental impact of the structure and the structure’s stability in the case of environmental hazards, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

The coursework in the department covers five different areas: structural engineering, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, and environmental engineering. Students must gain proficiency in at least two of these areas. As they prepare for careers as civil engineers, students will learn how to do the following types of things:

  • Design or supervise the construction of bridges, buildings, dams, aqueducts, sport complexes, energy complexes, irrigation and transportation systems (such as highways, canals, rapid transit lines, etc.), and more
  • Develop water resources for municipal, industrial, and recreational use
  • Participate in land reclamation, soil mechanics, and urban planning
  • Maintain water quality through water purification and proper waste treatment
  • Solve problems involving air pollution and solid and hazardous waste management

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering applies scientific and engineering principles to protect human populations from harmful environmental factors and to protect and improve the quality of the environment. Environmental engineers are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues, such as sustainable engineering, global climate change, air and water pollution, hazardous waste management, and more.