The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in two major program areas: Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. These degree programs require 131 semester credits. Students in all majors at the University are required to complete a set of core courses. In addition, Civil and Environmental engineering majors take courses in three areas: math and physical sciences, engineering sciences, and engineering design. If you choose the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program, emphasis is also available in the following engineering subdisciplines: structures, geotechnical, environmental, transportation and pavements/materials.
Both the Civil and Environmental Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The minimum academic admission requirements for the University meet the general minimum requirements for the College of Engineering. See www.unr.edu/admissions for information. Students must have a minimum ACT score of 28 or an SAT score of 630 to enroll in MATH 181. A Students also need a minimum Enhanced ACT score of 21 or an SAT/Verbal score of 510 to enroll in ENG 101.
Mathematics & Science Entrance Requirements
In addition to the University requirements for admission to the baccalaureate programs, the College of Engineering specifically recommends the following entrance requirements for its degree candidates: four units of mathematics (including trigonometry or pre-calculus), three units of science, including physics and chemistry, and one semester of computer programming. Advanced placement classes in calculus and science are particularly valuable.
An undergraduate student from outside the University of Nevada,
Reno, who wishes to transfer into the College of Engineering, must follow general
university policy for admission to advanced standing. For information, see www.unr.edu/admissions/information-by-student-type/transfer-students.
There are many career opportunities for individuals with a Civil and Environmental Engineering education. Some of the fastest growing opportunities in the job market and some of the highest salaries are in the civil and environmental engineering field. Civil and environmental engineers find employment in supervisory and administrative positions, ranging from supervisor of a construction site, to city engineer, to "top-level" executive. They work as team members with other engineers and scientists in private industry; engineering consulting firms; federal, state, county and city governments; public utilities and educational institutions. Many of the department's past graduates work with or have their own consulting firms and often hire graduates from the department.
Extensive state-of-the-art laboratories for the areas of structural, geotechnical, environmental, and materials are available. the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is home of the Nation’s largest multiple shake-table facility (three 50-ton biaxial shake tables) for simulating earthquakes on structures and foundations.
The faculty is comprised of fifteen award-winning professors that excel in both teaching and research and are nationally and internationally recognized. As a student, this means having quality instructors, exposure to state-of-the-art information and technology in the classroom, and opportunities to participate in cutting edge research.
All students must receive advisement each semester. The College of Engineering academic advisor advises all freshman and incoming transfer students.
- Download a college advisement worksheet [EXCEL]
- Advising Tips
- Civil Engineering Advising Flowchart [PDF]
- Civil Engineering Technical Electives [PDF]
- Environmental Engineering Advising Flowchart [PDF]
- Environmental Engineering Technical Electives [PDF]
- Accelerated BS/MS Program [PDF]
Freshmen, Sophomores and Transfer Students
All freshman, sophomore, and transfer students are advised by Jennifer O’Neil. Please call to make an appointment.
All other students are advised by an assigned faculty member in civil and environmental engineering. Students are advised at the end of each semester prior to registering for the next semester. Students are not permitted to attend engineering classes without prior advisement.