Design, build, and improve for disasters, sustainability, and clean water.

Civil and Environmental engineers address many of the vital needs of our modern society. They improve quality of life, promote economic growth, and protect people from hazards of natural and human origins.

Civil and Environmental Engineers create, construct, and manage the infrastructure systems we use in our everyday lives: transportation, water, power distribution, waste disposal, environment, and residential, industrial, and commercial structures.  Civil and Environmental Engineers support the global economy, secure the health and security of diverse communities, and operate our nations infrastructure- highways, bridges, wharf and harbor structures, industrial facilities- and address the challenges of ground water and air pollution as well as industrial and hazardous waste management.  They monitor the quality of the air, water, and land, and enhance the protection of our environment.

Curriculum and Emphases

While many students choose a primary degree in civil engineering with no added specialization, we also offer the opportunity to deepen your education in a few different ways. Check them out!

Civil Engineering

The Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering provides a broad base of core civil engineering courses and prepares students for both engineering practice and graduate studies.  Students explore structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction, transportation, environmental engineering, and water resources.

Course Plan
Civil Engineering (Structural)

The structural engineering emphasis focuses on the design of safe and efficient structural systems.  Students will be prepared to design structures such as bridges, buildings, and offshore structures that can resist a variety of forces such as earthquakes and wind loadings.

Course Plan
Civil Engineering (Building Science)

Building Science is a joint architecture and engineering program.  Students will learn all aspects of building technology from site selection to building construction, in addition to gaining a holistic perspective of building design from architectural design to structural design, and from the artistic to the functional.

Course Plan
Environmental Engineering

A degree in Environmental engineering covers engineering approaches required to provide safe drinking water, maintain air quality, and protect the environment.

Course Plan

Career Options

When you graduate with a degree in civil or environmental engineering, here are just a few of the future career paths that might lay before you.

  • Become a structural engineer and build sustainable buildings
  • Develop land and mitigate risks of natural and manmade disasters
  • Manage civil infrastructure
  • Design and build roads, bridges, dams, tunnels, and airports
  • Develop environmental public policy
  • Create waste removal systems and treatment processes
  • Regulate environmental health and safety standards
  • Design transportation systems

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ASCE’s Concrete Canoe weighs 210 Pounds, and it floats!

The American Society of Civil Engineering club on campus also houses the concrete canoe team! This group of students come together to design and build a canoe made of concrete (that does actually float) and races it in competition. This year, they placed 5th overall!

Research Highlights

The civil and environmental engineering department takes part in state of the art research and has many hands on opportunities for students.  Recently completed are brand new, state of the art labs for the environmental engineering department.  Students also have access to the civil engineering lab, which contains a water channel, shake table, tools for tensile testing, and more.

Research highlights in the department include: sustainable development, water quality, access, and distribution, disaster and extreme event responses, complex systems, and more!

Companies Hiring Civil and Environmental Engineers

  • Campbell Concrete
  • CH2M Hill
  • Chevron
  • City/ County of Los Angeles
  • Kiewit Pacific Company
  • And Many More!
  • Leighton Group
  • PPG Industries
  • Rudolph and Sletten
  • The Reynolds Group
  • Turner Construction

#ViterbiClass: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Meet a few current Civil & Environmental Engineering students and faculty, learn about what Civil & Environmental Engineers study, hear why students choose to study Civil & Environmental Engineering, and see the research and career opportunities available here at Viterbi!

Don’t just take our word for it

Find out what current students have to say by heading over to viterbivoices.usc.edu

Check it out now!