Civil and Environmental Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering @ UMass Amherst

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The work of Civil Engineers results in improved public health and quality of life, while still recognizing the importance of natural systems.

Civil Engineering is the discipline that consists of the design, construction, and maintenance of constructed and natural infrastructure.  Civil engineers apply their knowledge of mathematics and physical sciences to develop ways to efficiently utilize natural resources and the forces of nature to improve the well-being of humanity and to protect the environment. 

The CEE Department is involved in a wide range of research activities organized around four main areas: Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Transportation Engineering.  Read more about our faculty-led labs.

We offer an undergraduate BSCE degree program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and awards Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering. Because Civil Engineers are involved in such wide ranging projects, the Department also supports interdisciplinary programs that provide undergraduate civil engineering students an opportunity to pursue a minor in engineering management and in architecture studies.