About Us

About the Department

  • Academic Faculty: 21
  • Research Faculty: 4
  • Research expenditures: $6.2 million, FY18

Nationally ranked programs:

  • Civil Engineering #65
  • Environmental Engineering #77

*Source: U.S. News and World Report Best Engineering Schools 2019 Edition


Annual Enrollment
YearB.S. in Civil EngineeringB.S. in Environmental EngineeringM.S.Ph.D.
2018-2019 324 78 35 44
2017-2018 316 86 40 39
2016-2017 306 85 39 38
2015-2016 362 82 42 38

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.

The bachelor's degree  programs in civil and environmental engineering are both accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. Learn more about what accreditation means to you.

Our faculty are dedicated professionals whose active interest in research puts them at the forefront of current technology. Because classes are relatively small, you will get to know and interact with your professors and fellow students. Many of our undergraduates also participate in ongoing research projects.

We work with local professionals such as the Nevada Department of Transportation, Associated General Contractors, and other national and international civil engineering employers to provide meaningful summer cooperative training programs for our students and even full-time employment after graduation.

Special facilities

With the opening of our new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, we've expanded our earthquake engineering facilities to more than 30,000 square feet of laboratory, office and auditorium space for students and researchers. The new lab features three biaxial shake tables and one six degree-of-freedom table. Our Large-Scale Structures Laboratory offers a test floor and strong wall for structural engineering experiments that don't require the shake tables.

Additionally, the University houses the Western Regional Superpave Center, a nationally recognized teaching and research lab within the College of Engineering.