From our campus and state of the art labs located in the thriving urban heart of Seattle, you will be well situated to participate in the dynamic work being done on sites throughout the region. Surrounded by leading companies ready to hire you, you'll tackle real-world challenges, and with low student-faculty ratio, there’s always time for personal attention from our award-winning faculty.
Seattle University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is your home for three programs: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, and Master of Science in Structural Engineering. When you join our department, you will benefit from our low student-faculty ratio as you connect closely with your professors. Our curriculum is practical with hands-on learning built into our programs at every level from class projects and paid internship opportunities. Our graduates work in top private-sector firms and government agencies while some seek advanced degrees.
Our dedication to your educational career success begins with our wide variety of resources available. Our program puts your needs first: from our direct admission approach to our industry advisory boards staffed by diverse groups of industry professionals, as well as a variety of scholarship support for incoming, transfer and continuing students. Whenever your passion is focused, we embrace your dedication and commit to supporting you along your path toward making a difference, locally and globally.
“We value the well-rounded technical and communication skills exhibited in recent Seattle U graduate hires, along with the program’s focus on real-world professional experience.”
“The faculty are all very well connected. They know everybody in the area, and if they know you’re interested in a topic or site or firm, they’ll put you in touch right away.”
We strive to help our students develop a strong understanding and mastery of fundamentals to see how these apply in practice. When you leave here excited about the impact you can have on society, then we’ve done our job.
Our nation and world infrastructures continue to evolve but still suffer from a lack critical improvements. As a civil engineer, you can improve air and water quality and clean up pollutants in the soil. You can design resilient skyscrapers and energy-smart homes. Or you can work to improve the efficiency of roadways and mass transit systems. You can also retrofit existing structures, including bridges and dams, in order to safeguard our communities against natural hazards. As a Civil Engineer, you are on the front line of saving our society and making the world a safer, more just environment for all.
In our Environmental Science program, you will master the technical fundamentals and hone the interpersonal and communication skills you need to succeed in today’s job environment. With a unique mix of empirical science and problem solving, our mission-driven approach provides freedom to address environmental issues holistically, with input from science, technology and the humanities. And our location in the heart of a vibrant, environmentally aware city provides opportunities for internships and out-of-class work.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Seattle University offers a professionally focused structural engineering graduate degree. This program has been designed in response to the growing demand for entry-level structural engineers to have an advanced level of education in both technical and professional realms. This program has been developed collaboratively between faculty members at Seattle University and an industry Advisory Board representing the top structural engineering firms in the Seattle region as well as the public sector. This program emphasizes learning through a student-centered course design.
Since the inception of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveys (NCEES) awards in 2009, our program has won more than any other program in the United States.
Our active student community maintains chapters with: American Society of Civil Engineering, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Society of Environmental Engineers & Scientists and Society of Women Engineers. Our chapters of these venerable organizations connect you to the professional world through networking events, competitions and specialized seminars.