Civil & Environmental Engineering

Logo for the 150th Anniversary of UW-Madison Civil EngineeringThis year marks a significant milestone for the University, College, and Department—join us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of civil engineering at UW-Madison! From groundbreaking research to distinguished alumni and students, we are excited to honor the people and moments that have brought the Wisconsin Idea to life and illustrated what it means to be a Badger Engineer.

As a member of the CEE community, we want to hear your story! Tell us about your experience for a chance to win a CEE gift.  


Academic Programs

The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department offers several academic degree programs:

*IMPORTANT UPDATE: GRE scores will not be required for students applying to Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate programs (MS or PhD) for spring, summer, or fall 2021 admission due to challenges taking the exam during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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


Research and Initiatives

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CEE faculty and students engage in research in several focus areas under our three primary themes of mobility, water, and building with cross-cutting areas of infrastructure, energy, and the environment.


In response to the COVID-19 virus, a number of upcoming events have been rescheduled or postponed. While we understand the inconvenience that these changes may cause, we believe the well-being of our students near and far, as well as our broader community, is of the utmost importance and we are committed to efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding CEE Department events, please contact Amanda Thuss.


UW-Madison students have expressed creativity and imagination through innovation competitions for nearly 20 years. Launched in 2019, the Innovation in CEE Competition, sponsored by The Boldt Company, is the first of its kind to focus on developing new materials, technologies, and solutions for today’s evolving civil and environmental engineering challenges. Focus areas under this competition include structural, material, water resources, transportation, geological, construction, and environmental engineering. Now in its third year, the annual Innovation in CEE Competition encourages students to think outside the box and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of the Badger engineering community.

The 2021 Innovation Competition will take place on Friday, May 14, 2021.

virtual info session will be held on Friday, November 20, and the deadline to register for the competition is Monday, February 1.