Civil engineering is a profession that applies the basic principles of science, in conjunction with mathematical and computational tools, to solve problems associated with developing and sustaining civilized life on our planet.

What Do Civil Engineers Do?

Civil engineering works are generally one-of-a-kind projects, are often grand in scale, and usually require cooperation among professionals of many different disciplines. Some of the most common examples of civil engineering works include bridges, buildings, dams, airports, highways, tunnels and water distribution systems. Civil engineers are concerned with flood control, landslides, air and water pollution, and the design of facilities to withstand earthquakes and other natural hazards.

Civil Engineering Discipline Options

The CEE at Illinois program comprises seven main disciplines: Construction Engineering and Management,  Construction MaterialsEnvironmental Engineering and ScienceEnvironmental Hydrology and Hydraulic EngineeringGeotechnical EngineeringStructural Engineering, and Transportation Engineering. Additionally, three interdisciplinary programs give students a broad, systems-level perspective on the complex civil and environmental challenges facing the world today: Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure SystemsEnergy-Water-Environment Sustainability and Societal Risk Management.