What is Civil & Environmental Engineering?

Civil and environmental engineers plan, design, construct, and manage the essential facilities, systems, and structures that are all around us—from buildings and bridges to water treatment and transit systems. Using sophisticated tools at the forefront of technology, engineers in our field work together with diverse partners to address the critical problems of tomorrow in the face of increasing population and mounting environmental challenges.

UW Civil and Environmental Engineering continues to be recognized as one of the world's premier programs, with both undergraduate and graduate programs of the department ranking in the top 20 in polls such as US News & World Report and the Gorman Report. Our program strengths include water treatment, structural and geotechnical earthquake engineering, water resources, and transportation systems planning, construction, and operations, and our faculty are at the forefront of developments in these and related areas.

As the flagship civil and environmental engineering program in the Pacific Northwest, our department continues to seek out new educational and research opportunities to prepare students for successful careers in design, construction, research, teaching, and management.

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