Civil & Environmental Engineering


From the roads we drive on to the water we drink, civil and environmental engineers play an important and transformational role in society. With several academic degree programs, research opportunities, and a welcoming community of faculty and staff, the UW-Madison CEE Department is home to the resources and guidance that prepares students for rewarding careers.



* GRE scores are not required for students applying to Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate programs (MS or PhD) for spring, summer, or fall 2022 admission due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit our Bachelor of Science Programs, Master’s Programs, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Programs pages for additional information.


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CEE faculty and students engage in research in several focus areas under three primary themes of mobility, water, and building with cross-cutting areas of infrastructure, energy, and the environment. Research opportunities are available for both graduate and undergraduate students.


The CEE Department and GLE Program invites graduating students and their guests to join us for light snacks and refreshments. Additional details and a link to register will be shared with students in April.

Test your idea and present your findings for the chance to win cash in the 2022 Innovation in CEE Competition sponsored by The Boldt Company.

This competition is the first of its kind to focus on developing new materials, technologies, and solutions for today’s evolving civil and environmental engineering challenges. Now in its third year, Innovation in CEE encourages UW-Madison students to think outside the box and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of the Badger engineering community. Previous winning entries have included the application of food production byproducts as an alternative to rock salt for deicing and a modular data acquisition device.

Up to eight teams will take home cash prizes, and the competition is open to all CEE and GLE undergraduate students.

Register by November 24 to compete!

Join faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW-Madison Civil and Engineering Department for our 25th annual Golf Outing fundraiser. Players of all skill levels are welcome, and golf is played as a scramble.

Registration opens in spring, so keep an eye out for announcements!

Join us as we honor our 2022 scholarship award winners and thank the generous donors that make our scholarship program possible during our annual awards banquet. The evening will begin at 4:30 pm with a social hour and cash bar, followed by dinner at 5:30 pm and the awards program at 6:30 pm.

Additional details and registration information will be shared with award recipients and donors in late summer/early fall.

Join us as we honor our 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award winners and celebrate Engineers’ Day during our annual luncheon event. Details and a link to register will be shared in early summer.