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Civil Engineering — Creating the Built Environment

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The civil engineering profession is concerned with the built environment. Civil engineers plan,design and construct major facilities including highways, transit systems, dams, tunnels, energy facilities, harbors, canals, buildings and bridges. Civil engineers help manage our air, water and energy resources and help protect society from natural catastrophes, such as earthquakes, as well as dealing with the hazards society itself generates in the form of toxic wastes.

The undergraduate major in Civil Engineering (CE) provides for two alternative tracks, one focusing on structures and construction and the second focusing on environmental and water studies. The CE degree program is ABET accredited and prepares students for professional practice or possible graduate study in engineering or other fields.


Environmental Engineering — Understanding and Protecting the Natural Environment

The environmental engineering profession works to protect and manage our air, water and energy resources. Environmental engineers quantitatively analyze the environmental changes that inevitably result from human activities, designing strategies to remediate problems, minimize impacts and measurably improve environmental quality.

The environmental engineering field is refreshingly multidisciplinary in nature, combining fundamental principles drawn from physics, chemistry, geology and biology with analytical methods. Practitioners focus on developing devices, techniques and solutions that can effectively address a variety of real-world environmental problems.

The undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering (EnvE) is ABET accredited and prepares students for professional practice or possible graduate study in engineering or other fields.

Architectural Design — Designing for a Sustainable Future

The Architectural Design major seeks to integrate engineering and architecture in ways that blend innovative architectural design with cutting-edge engineering technologies. Combining hands-on architectural design studios with a wide variety of courses, students can choose from a broad mix of elective courses concerning energy conservation, sustainability, building systems and structures, as well as design foundation and fine arts courses.

In addition to preparing students for advanced studies in architecture and construction management, the program's strong math and science requirements prepare students well for graduate work in other fields, such as civil and environmental engineering, law, and business. The major provides a background for individuals wanting to explore a diversity of careers in architecture, engineering, construction and structures.

This undergraduate major grants a degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a specialization in Architectural Design. This engineering major is not an ABET accredited engineering degree, nor is it designed to lead directly to professional licensure in architecture. In order to become a professional architect or engineer, additional graduate training is required.

Atmosphere/Energy — Improving Climate and Air Quality Through Renewable and Efficient Energy Systems

Atmosphere/Energy encompasses two broad themes: understanding energy effects on air pollution, climate and weather, and mitigating such problems through development, implementation and analysis of renewable and efficient technologies and renewable energy resources.

Graduates can pursue further graduate studies or go to work for:

  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) (e.g., Rocky Mountain Institute, Union of Concerned Scientists, UN Foundation, Climate Alliance, Environmental Defense)
  • Companies (utility, consulting, energy, wind, solar — e.g., Google, Energy Solutions, McKinsey & Co., 3M, ENVIRON)
  • Government agencies (City of Palo Alto, Bay Area Air quality Management District, California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • National research laboratories (e.g., NASA Ames, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory)

Several students in our program also do MAP Sustainable Energy Fellowships for the summer and go on to work for the companies who sponsor the fellowships.

Haeyoung Noh, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Haeyoung Noh
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

“ As an engineer, I work on a concept called ‘structure as a sensor ... ”

Anthony Kinslow II - spotlight
Anthony Kinslow
CEE Lecturer and Alumni

“ I first became interested in combating climate change... after watching An Inconvenient Truth ... ”

Sustainable Design & Constructioin

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