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Civil & Environmental Engineering

46%

STUDENTS WHO IDENTIFY
AS FEMALE (FALL 2020)

6:1

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT
TO FACULTY RATIO (FALL 2020)

Engineering in service to society

We’re building on our enduring legacy to tackle some of the most complex challenges facing our society and our planet. More than any other engineering discipline, we are in service to society advancing the common good. 

Research

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Krista Rule Wigginton

Associate Professor

Specialty: Applications of environmental biotechnology in drinking water and wastewater treatment

Research news

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$9.95M for “smart intersections” across Ann Arbor

Technology embedded in existing infrastructure will provide data to connected and automated vehicles, bolstering safety.

Careers

We are responsible for the cities and infrastructure that surround you—from skyscrapers to dams, water pipelines to interconnected highway networks. We solve environmental problems, helping society meet the challenges of limited global resources and human environmental impacts to improve sustainability and make our planet greener.

Career paths 

  • Construction Management
  • Energy Systems
  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • Federal Government
  • Pollution Control
  • Public Health Engineering
  • Smart City Technologies
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Wastewater Treatment

Career outlook

Civil Engineer

Median salary (2020): $88,570


Environmental Engineer

Median salary (2020): $92,120

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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Degrees and specializations

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Civil Engineering: Roman Hryciw, romanh@umich.edu

Undergraduate Environmental Engineering: Avery Demond, averyd@umich.edu

Senior Undergraduate Coordinator: Annie Winkler, varnera@umich.edu

CIVIL ENGINEERING

Civil Engineers require broad knowledge of the speciality areas within the discipline. Students will choose to take an introductory course in 6 of the 7 speciality areas:

  • Construction Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydrology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Environmental Engineering is a broad discipline! We do not have any formal concentrations, though courses generally fall into the following categories:

  • Alternative Energy and Sustainability
  • Clean Land for Living
  • Clean Water for Drinking
  • Clean Air for Breathing
  • Environmental Policy and Entrepreneurship
  • Water for All Uses

FOCUS CEE

Students in either degree can join the FocusCEE program, which combines a CEE major with a minor in a different discipline, plus immersive experiences outside the classroom:

  • Smart Cities
  • Community Policy and Planning
  • Sustainability

Minor in Civil Engineering

Minor in Environmental Engineering

Master’s

Master’s chair: Krista Rule Wigginton, Master’s Chair, kwigg@umich.edu

Senior Graduate Coordinator: Anne Speigle, aspeigle@umich.edu

DEGREES AND SPECIALIZATIONS

Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Materials and Highway Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Systems Engineering
Environmental Engineering
  • Ecohydrology
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Water Quality Process Engineering
  • Water Quality and Resources Engineering
Structural Engineering

Students minor in a complementary technical area:

  • Applied Materials
  • Architecture
  • Concrete Materials
  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management (CEM)
Smart Infrastructure Finance (SIF)

Specializations within Construction Engineering and Management and Smart Infrastructure Finance are not required.


DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Civil Engineering + Sustainable Systems
  • Construction Engineering and Management + Master of Architecture
  • Construction Engineering and Management + MBA
  • Construction Engineering and Management + MBA
  • Environmental Engineering + Sustainable Systems

ONLINE

Construction Engineering and Management MasterTrack™ certificate

Doctoral

Civil Engineering PhD

Environmental Engineering PhD

Graduate chair:  Yafeng Yin, yafeng@umich.edu

Senior Graduate Coordinator: Anne Speigle, aspeigle@umich.edu


Undergraduate studies | Graduate studies | Graduate admission

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Sequential Undergraduate Graduate Studies

This program allows current U-M students to complete an undergraduate and Master’s degree in five years. Find out more on the Civil and Environmental Engineering website.

Contact: Anne Speigle, aspeigle@umich.edu