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Job growth

With aging infrastructure and rising water needs, as well as pressing global-scale environmental issues, the demand for civil and environmental engineers is expected to skyrocket in coming years. Below are a few statistics that forecast considerable job growth:

  • 20% increase in demand for civil engineers by 2022*
  • 650 civil engineer positions expected to be added per year in Washington state, more than any other engineering discipline*
  • 12% job growth for environmental engineers by 2024, more than the average for all occupations*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics

Undergraduate program

  • UW Engineering ranked #21 best overall undergraduate program, U.S. News & World Report
  • 90% retention rate of students (upper-division admission)
  • 164 undergraduate degrees awarded in 2020–2021 (146 BSCE and 18 BSENVE)
Enrollment  (autumn 2021, census day) 355
Women 37%
Underrepresented minorities 11%
Transfer students 24%
Washington State residents 84% 
International students 5%

Graduate program

  • UW Engineering ranked #22 best overall graduate school, U.S. News & World Report
  • UW CEE ranked #20 best graduate school for civil engineering and #25 best graduate school for environmental engineering for 2021, U.S. News & World Report
  • 178 graduate degrees awarded in 2020-2021
Enrollment  (autumn 2021, census day) 417
Women 40%
Underrepresented minorities 12%
International students 20%
Online students 37%


To meet the demand for civil and environmental engineers, the department has recruited faculty members from top schools and research institutions. 

  • 47 core faculty
  • 9 adjunct faculty
  • 78 affiliate faculty

Degree and professional programs

Additional information about the degree programs can be found on UW General Catalog for CEE.