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.


Join alumni, industry colleagues, faculty, staff, and students for a day of fun and fundraising in support of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at UW-Madison.

A variety of sponsorship packages and registration options are available, and players of all skill levels are welcome.

Click here to register and learn more about this event.

CEE and GLE faculty and staff will welcome students back to campus with a return to our tradition of a fall Ice Cream Social from 2-3:30 pm. There will be multiple flavors to choose from, including dietary alternatives, free t-shirts, and two ways to win prizes.


All ice cream served will be Individually pre-packaged, and the event will be held outdoors, weather-permitting. Additional details on the event location and more will be provided closer to the event date via email.

Our annual scholarship awards banquet will take place at Union South on the evening of Thursday, November 11. This event celebrates the accomplishments of our students and serves as an opportunity to thank the donors that make our scholarships possible. Additional details and a link to register will be provided to students and donors in September.

Please contact Amanda Thuss,, with any questions.

Save the date–the College of Engineering will host the 74th annual Engineers’ Day celebration on Friday, November 12.

Join us in celebrating our 2021 DAA recipients, Laurie Parsons and Steve Erbstoesser, during a luncheon at the Fluno Center Skyview Room. All CEE/GLE alumni and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend, in addition to faculty and staff. Additional details and a link to register will be shared in September.

Please contact Amanda Thuss,, with any questions.

Prior to fall graduation at the Kohl Center, we will gather with our graduating students and their guests for breakfast. Students and their guests are welcome at no cost. Additional detail and a link to register will be provided to students via email in November.

Please contact Amanda Thuss,, with any questions.

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!