Civil and environmental engineers are problem solvers, meeting the needs for environmental stewardship, renewable energy, sustainable design solutions, and community planning for a better tomorrow. Civil and environmental engineers serve the public by designing a wide variety of infrastructure systems such as dams and waterways, harbors, bridges, buildings, water supply and wastewater systems, highways and airports, tunnels and pipelines, and renewable energy facilities.
At the School of Mines, undergraduate students interested in a career in civil and environmental engineering earn an ABET-accredited BS degree in civil engineering. Civil and environmental engineers often work on interdisciplinary teams to solve complex system design problems, so a broad background in engineering fundamentals and the natural sciences is essential. Students go on to take courses in environmental, geotechnical, water resources, materials, and structural, and sustainable engineering. Students may select an emphasis area, or they may take courses in several areas. Our graduates are ready to enter the workforce right after graduation or pursue graduate studies in civil engineering, environmental engineering, construction management or other professional degrees such as medicine or law.
Companies hiring recent graduates: Cloud Peak Energy, Kiewit Underground, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Baker Concrete, Burns and McDonnell, US Army Corps of Engineers, Dow Chemical, Lafarge, NASA, and URS, as well as the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
Average starting salary: $52,400
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering