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Civil and Environmental Engineering

The civil engineering pavements lab

About the Department

Degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Academic Faculty: 18

Students: 430

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is training Nevada's next generation of problem solvers. Our students learn to apply their scientific and technical expertise to some of our planet's biggest problems, including decaying infrastructure, polluted drinking water and clogged roadways.

A well-rounded core curriculum combined with opportunities for students to specialize in a subfield of civil engineering gives our graduates both breadth and depth of engineering knowledge. Additionally, a departmental emphasis on creating life-long learners who can communicate about technical, social and ethical issues in engineering design prepares our graduates to work well in interdisciplinary and team environments.

Academic offerings

Our department offers nationally ranked degree programs in both civil and environmental engineering. Our civil engineering program was ranked #53 by U.S. News and World Report in 2014, and our environmental engineering program was ranked #59.

At every level, our students can focus their education by selecting one of five areas of specialization:

  1. Earthquake and structural engineering
  2. Environmental engineering
  3. Geotechnical engineering
  4. Pavements/materials engineering
  5. Transportation engineering

Our research-active faculty work closely with students, creating opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to apply classroom knowledge to fundamental and applied research projects.

To learn more about our academic programs, please visit our degree listings.

Research specialties

Faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering focus on four broad research areas:

  • Structural engineering for extreme events
  • Water and environmental sustainability
  • Pavement materials and pavement-soil interaction
  • Intelligent transportation systems

The department is home to a number of labs and centers, including the prestigious Large Scale Structures Laboratory, which is one of the largest and most versatile earthquake simulation facilities in the world, as well as labs dedicated to environmental engineering, transportation research, pavements/materials development and geotechnical testing.

For more information about faculty research interests, please visit the department's faculty listings.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Ahmad Itani
Phone: (775) 784-6937
Fax: (775) 784-1390


Scrugham Engineering Mines (SEM) Room 107

Mailing Address

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, M/S 258
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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