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There are 17 full-time faculty in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. They have a broad spectrum of experience in industry and government, and most are professionally registered. The department has developed a strong research base that is currently funded at about $1 million per year.

Areas of instruction include engineering mechanics, hydraulics, environmental engineering, soil mechanics, structures, structural composites, transportation, and water resources. Most department research is associated with one or more of these areas plus applications for engineering computer modeling.

Department research varies with many projects related to water resources--quality, remote sensing, distribution systems, and as part of environmental hazardous waste studies. In the geotechnical area, the department has several active research grants for exploring soil mechanics, earthquake liquefaction, and geologic modeling. Faculty expertise encompasses structures, structural mechanics (including advanced composite materials), applications of computer graphics to structural analysis, and improvement of optimization techniques. In recent years there has been a significant increase in the amount of transportation engineering research in the department, much of which is associated with the Utah Department of Transportation.

Mission Statement

"We strive to prepare world-class civil engineers and leaders who are committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Civil Engineering Areas


Water resource and environmental engineers design pipeline systems, water treatment plants, dams, flood control structures, waste disposal sites, and environmental restoration projects. Computer modeling and analyses are used in design and to forecast storm runoff, flooding, and movement of contaminants in surface and subsurface waters. Environmental engineers evaluate and reduce pollutants from natural, human, agricultural, and industrial sources to preserve the beauty and quality of air, land, and water


Geotechnical engineers design structures composed of or located within earth materials, including foundations for buildings and bridges, retaining walls, earth dams, highway embankments, tunnels, and liners for landfills. Field and laboratory tests on soil and rock, along with empirical and computer models, are used to assure safety and economy in design.


Structural engineers analyze and design buildings, bridges, and other structures. The engineer applies principles of physics, mathematics, and engineering to develop efficient yet safe designs. Sophisticated computer models are used in these analyses. Materials used by structural engineers include steel, aluminum, concrete, masonry, wood, and composites.


Traffic and transportation engineers apply scientific principles to the planning, design, construction, operation, and management of transportation systems, including highways, airports, and mass transit facilities. Transportation engineers are responsible for the safe, rapid, comfortable, convenient, economical, and environmentally compatible movement of people and goods. Computer models and simulations are frequently used by traffic engineers for geometric design and for planning, operating, and managing transportation networks, including intermodal systems.

Other Opportunities with Civil Engineering

Many of our civil engineering students sign up with the BYU American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chapter. This provides many benefits to student members as they gain their education as well as when they become practicing engineers. ASCE involves students in many service opportunities and getting involved with the local community. The BYU ASCE student chapter has been recognized five times as the best student chapter in the nation.

Many students choose to do one or more internships while here at BYU. Civil Engineering students who participate in an internship learn valuable skills and gain valuable field experience. Finding an internship is usually straightforward due to the fact that many companies come to BYU to recruit student interns. Internships also give students favorable job contacts after graduation.

If you would like to learn more about what Civil Engineers may be involved in, enrolling in CE EN 101 Introduction to Civil Engineering may be a good option for you. Enrolling in the course may give you a feel for what things you may do in a future civil engineering career.

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