Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Whether you’re an undergraduate studying civil engineering or environment science, or a graduate student pursuing a degree in structural engineering, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) equips you for careers that address real, pressing issues, such as protecting the environment or improving the physical systems around us.

About Us

We offer undergraduate and graduate programs in the civil engineering discipline and an interdisciplinary program in environmental science. Programs in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering prepare students to solve real challenges in a way that makes the world tangibly better. Our programs emphasize hands-on learning and practical application, giving every student the opportunity to engage in real-world problem-solving throughout the completion of their program.

Our Programs

Discover Civil and Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science

Our department provides high quality, personalized preparation for meaningful careers devoted to managing the physical infrastructure and biological systems we all depend on.

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What is a Civil Engineer?

Thinking about majoring in civil engineering? In the world of civil engineering, experts harness the power of science, design and teamwork to address major challenges and create solutions that support and safeguard both the public and the environment. Civil engineers are often unseen pioneers, working to create safe roadways, bridges and buildings, prevent flooding and ensure access to clean drinking water for all. But the field doesn't end there—civil engineers also focus on the development of airports, railroads and dams as well as creating environments where fish and wildlife can safely coexist with human infrastructure. Learn more about careers in civil engineering.


NCEES Awards

Seattle University has won 21 NCEES Engineering Education Awards for our civil engineering program, more than any other program in the US.

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What is an Environmental Scientist?

Whether you’ve met one or not, an environmental scientist has probably improved your life. Drawing on their expertise in the natural sciences, environmental scientists play a vital role in protecting and preserving both the environment and human health. Their primary focus is on discovering effective solutions to challenges that impact the environment. Environmental scientists identify and monitor hazards, create and evaluate comprehensive restoration plans, and oversee the implementation of these strategies in a wide variety of careers including climate change analysts, industrial ecologists, restoration planners and industrial chemists. They can also act as advisors to lawmakers and public policy leaders, offering insights on effectively addressing environmental hazards. 


Employed or in Grad School

Over 90 percent of civil and environmental engineering graduates at SU are employed or entering graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

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Small Class Sizes Benefit You

At Seattle University, we offer small classes with caring faculty members who are excited to work with you, even when you don’t understand an idea or concept the first (or second) time.  It’s our goal to ensure every student is successful, not just in their classes, but also in meaningful careers that make a real difference for our society and the environment.   With an average class size of just 18 students, and an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you'll receive in-depth mentorship from your professors and benefit from their connections and experience as you prepare for your career. 


Recommend Seattle U CEE

95 percent of CEE graduating seniors report high satisfaction with our programs and effective preparation for their future careers.

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Hands-On Learning

Learning takes on many forms. To better prepare our graduates to enter the workforce, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering emphasizes hands-on learning and practical application both inside and outside the classroom. In fact, over 70 percent of CEE students gain hands-on experience by completing an internship or doing undergraduate research during their undergraduate program.

In the classroom, team senior design projects are another experiential learning opportunity in our CEE programs. To date, 21 CEE design team projects have earned the prestigious NCEES Engineering Education Award, which recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. Since the inception of these awards in 2009, CEE has garnered 27% of all NCEES awards. 


Internship Participation

The vast majority of CEE undergraduates complete an internship during their program, over 70 percent.

Student Resources

Learn more about the resources available to students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, such as advising, scholarships and more.

Gain a Partner in Academic Advising

The College of Science and Engineering’s Advising Center provides practical resources and personal support specifically for our department’s students. See how a partnership with an advisor can benefit you. We also make sure every student has a faculty advisor who helps with course and career planning. 

Your Future Can Be Funded

Financial support empowers students to experience college life more freely. Scholarships reduce financial stress and allow students to focus fully on student life. Learn more about scholarship opportunities to help fund your education. 

Find Your People

Expand your skills and your social circle when you join a student club. Learn more about how you can meet your future colleagues and friends in clubs for civil and environmental engineering students.

Your Civil Engineering Degree: ABET Accredited

You can be confident that your coursework prepares you for your field. The civil engineering program is accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission. Learn more about what their stamp of approval means for your future success here.  

Senior Projects Provide Hands-On Experience

Team senior design projects are a highlight of our CEE programs. To date, 21 CEE design team projects have earned the prestigious NCEES Engineering Education Award, which recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. Since the inception of these awards in 2009, CEE has garnered 27% of all NCEES awards.

Preparing You for Your Future

Students graduating from our department are in demand with employers from both the public and private sector. The connections students build with potential employers at career fairs, professional organization meetings and through their senior projects help them confidently take the next steps in their careers. 

Meet Our Faculty and Staff

Our civil and environmental engineering students benefit from in-depth faculty mentorship.