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What is Civil and Environmental Engineering?
Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is one of the most
diverse engineering disciplines, encompassing environmental and
water resources engineering, geosystems engineering, public health
engineering, and structural engineering. Civil and environmental
engineers are responsible for the planning, design, construction,
and operation of structures and facilities that are essential to
the environment and infrastructure of a sustainable society.
Traditionally these structures included buildings, highways, water
and waste treatment plants, tunnels, airports, harbors, railroads,
bridges, and dams. Today, civil and environmental engineers are
involved in a wide range of engineered and natural systems that
contribute to a modern society and protect the environment and
public health. These activities include the development and testing
of new materials, structural health monitoring and rehabilitation,
management and protection of watersheds and water supplies, mathematical
modeling of built and natural environments, bioremediation and exposure
Degree programs with specialty options in architectural studies and environmental health; the environmental studies second major and; minors in architectural studies and engineering management are also available.
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