Civil Engineering is concerned with planning, designing, constructing, and operating various physical works; developing and utilizing natural resources in an environmentally sound manner; providing the infrastructure which supports the highest quality of life in the history of the world. This includes designing and supervising the construction of bridges, buildings, dams, aqueducts, sport complexes, energy complexes, and other structures; irrigation and transportation systems (highways, canals, rapid transit lines, etc.); developing water resources for municipal, industrial and recreational use. Projects of this magnitude require engineers who can understand the relationships of environment, resources, and production, and who are able to design and implement programs and procedures which bring these projects into being.
Environmental Engineering use principles of engineering, chemistry, and biology to develop technical solutions to provide safe water, sanitation and clean air. With the public’s demand for increasingly safer environments, it has resulted in unprecedented demands for competent, well-trained environment engineers. Expertise must be developed to focus on protection of public health from the mismanagement of toxic and hazardous wastes, and on the management and renovation of impacted terrestrial and aquatic systems. The four specialty areas from which a student may choose technical elective courses include: Occupational Safety and Health, Solids, Water, and Air.