Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering

Program Educational Objectives

The Civil Engineering program is designed to prepare students for continued learning and successful careers in industry, government, academia, and consulting. Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Bachelor of Science program in civil engineering are expected to:

  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in Civil Engineering as professionals engaged in problem-solving, design, discovery, and responsible application of technology;
  • Further develop leadership skills by accepting increasing levels of responsibility in engineering practice, communicating in professional and civic forums, and progressing toward professional licensure;
  • Continue to develop both professionally and personally through graduate study, participation in professional societies, continuing education, and community service.

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, Civil Engineering students will have:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
(g) an ability to communicate effectively;
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues;
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The Rensselaer bachelor’s program in Civil Engineering builds upon a broad base of studies in mathematics, basic science, and fundamental engineering topics. Students then concentrate in geotechnical, structural, transportation, or environmental engineering with a culminating senior-design experience in the Civil Engineering Capstone Design course. A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for this curriculum.

Qualified students may pursue a professional program leading to the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree as well as the B.S. degree. For this program, an additional 30 credit hours are required beyond the B.S. degree.


Environmental Engineering

Program Educational Objectives

The Environmental Engineering program is designed to prepare students for continued learning and successful careers in industry, government, academia, and consulting. Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Bachelor of Science program in environmental engineering are expected to:

  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in Environmental Engineering as professionals engaged in problem-solving, design, discovery, and responsible application of technology;
  • Further develop leadership skills by accepting increasing levels of responsibility in engineering practice, communicating in professional and civic forums, and progressing toward professional licensure;
  • Continue to develop both professionally and personally through graduate study, participation in professional societies, continuing education, and community service

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation,Environmental Engineering students will have:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
(g) an ability to communicate effectively;
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues;
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The Rensselaer bachelor’s program in Environmental Engineering builds upon a broad base of studies in chemistry, life sciences, mathematics and engineering sciences, including such topics as elementary mechanics, computer aided design, fluid mechanics, applied statistics, probability, and professional development.

The Environmental Engineering course sequence addresses environmental issues associated with air, land, and water systems and associated environmental health impacts; integrated laboratory experiences prepare students to design experiments and critically analyze and interpret data. Engineering topics treated at an advanced level include water purification, chemical fate and transport, air quality, hydrology and hydraulics. Design experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum, culminating in the capstone Environmental Process Design course. A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for this curriculum.

Qualified students may pursue a professional program leading to the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree as well as the B.S. degree. An additional 30 credit hours are required beyond the B.S. degree.



The Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering degree programs at Rensselaer are each independently accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.