Programs of Study

BS in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is the knowledge of mathematical and physical sciences to provide structures, improve and protect the environment, and provide facilities for community living, industry, and transportation for the use of humankind.

The mission of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is to provide educational opportunities for students seeking to enter the civil engineering profession, so that they can achieve competence in the field while recognizing their social responsibilities.

BS in Environmental Science

The environmental science degree offers a broad background in the basic and applied sciences, with foundation courses in general biology, general and organic chemistry and environmental engineering. The major is partially self-designed, allowing you to take additional upper division courses in the areas that suit your interests, such as water resources waste treatment, or chemical analysis of environmental samples. You will delve further into your interests by taking major elective courses such as Quantitative Analysis, Hazardous Waste Engineering, Marine Biology, or Biochemistry.

Seattle University commitment to an integrated education allows the opportunity to examine environmental issues from multiple perspectives within the core curriculum, including philosophy, literature, economics, and law. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is also compatible with obtaining a minor in biology, chemistry, or environmental engineering.

MS in Structural Engineering

Structural engineering is a subdiscipline of civil engineering that deals with the analysis and design of structures including bridges, buildings, dams, piers/wharves, tunnels, and retaining walls. Industry expectations of graduates have continued to increase over the past decade, progressively requiring entry-level engineers to have a master's degree. To this end, this program has been designed in close collaboration with an industrial advisory board to reflect the technical and professional skills that are desired for graduates entering the structural engineering profession.

This is a non-thesis master’s degree that can be completed in nine months of full time coursework, or over two or more years of part-time study. Courses take place in morning sessions to accommodate working schedules. This program begins in Fall 2015.