Welcome to Civil and Environmental Engineering!

At UW-Madison, the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has a long and distinguished history, dating back to 1857 when the first civil engineering student graduated.

Civil and Environmental Engineering includes focus areas in construction engineering and management; environmental engineering; structural engineering; geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; geological engineering; geo-spatial information engineering; transportation engineering and city planning; water resources engineering; and environmental chemistry. The department has more than 30 faculty, more than 300 undergraduates, and almost 200 graduate students.

Quick Facts


  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), ABET Accredited BSCE Options:Construction Engineering and Management Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MS CEE)
  • Master of Science in Geological Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering Option (MEng EnvE)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering (PhD CEE)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Engineering
  • Online Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering

350 undergraduate students, Civil and Environmental Engineering

150 graduate students, Civil and Environmental Engineering

1/3 of CEE undergraduates receive scholarships.

Civil Engineering bachelor’s: 140

Civil and Environmental
Engineering master’s: 40

Civil and Environmental Engineering PhDs: 15

Over $13 million

13 patents issued

17 professors

5 associate professors

6 assistant professors

25 adjunct professors

Nearly all of our graduate students have paid assistantships.


Ranked #12 best civil engineering undergraduate program in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report).

Ranked #14 best civil engineering graduate program in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report).

Ranked #12 best environmental engineering graduate program in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report).

Ranked #3 best online engineering graduate degree program (U.S. News and World Report).

In the latest published review of doctoral programs by the National Research Council, the department ranked at or near the top in average number of citations per publication, average number of research awards per faculty member, and number of PhDs granted.

Our distinguished faculty have been recognized for their research contributions with awards from national and international organizations:

2 AAAS/AGU/ASCE fellows

8 NSF/DoD/DoE Young Investigator Program or CAREER award recipients

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipients