Quick Facts

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 #18 best undergraduate program, U.S. News & World Report
  • 95% retention rate of students
  • 122 BSCE degrees awarded in 2015-2016
Current enrollment 354
Women 32%
Underrepresented minorities 9%
Transfer students 18%
International students 10%

Graduate program

  • UW CEE ranked #17 best graduate school for civil engineering and #23 best graduate school for environmental engineering for 2019, U.S. News & World Report
  • 146 graduate degrees awarded in 2015-2016
Current enrollment 387
Women 35%
Underrepresented minorities 18%
International students 34%
Online students 26%


To meet the demand for civil and environmental engineers, the department has recruited faculty members from top schools and research institutions. In the past seven years, 17 new faculty members have been hired.

  • 49 core faculty
  • 17 adjunct faculty
  • 39 affiliate faculty
  • 12 postdoctoral research associates

Degree and professional programs