Bachelor of Science Programs
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE), and a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering. Our undergraduate programs provide our students with a foundation of technical knowledge, design principles, data analysis and interpretation, communication and leadership skills, and teamwork.
Two program options exist within the Civil Engineering degree that allow students to do in-depth studies in the specialized areas of environmental engineering or construction engineering and management. Both of these degree options have modified curricula that meet BSCE requirements and also provide a concentration in the option. Students who complete either option receive a BSCE degree in civil engineering with that option designated on their transcript. Please note, the environmental engineering option is being phased out with implementation of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering degree program.
Bachelor of Science Program Options
Civil engineering deals with the science and art of engineering applied to the human environment and natural resource needs. The environment has long been the province and concern of civil engineers. Involved in planning our cities, communities, and larger regional areas, civil engineers build our world. They conceive, design, and construct public works such as highways, streets, bridges, water distribution and wastewater collection systems, and wastewater and industrial waste-treatment plants. Civil engineers respond to society’s ecological and environmental problems by joining with other engineers, as well as with physical, biological, and social scientists, to protect our natural resources and create a better physical and social environment for all people.
Geological engineering integrates geology and engineering. Geologists study Earth’s origins, composition, and evolution. Engineers apply scientific principles to practical ends, such as designing and constructing structures. Geological engineers help find the best ways to use Earth’s resources to solve technical problems while protecting the environment. They may also be involved in discovering and maintaining alternative forms of energy. A geological engineer might be hired to design or investigate manufactured structures in rock or soil such as dams, tunnels, and underground power plants; help mitigate naturally occurring phenomena; or develop safe and environmentally sound subsurface openings for mineral extraction, energy storage, or waste disposal.
Environmental engineers merge engineering and environmental science principles to sustainably design, build, and operate infrastructure that protects public and environmental health. Some of these facilities protect, produce, and allocate the water we drink, bathe in, and recreate on. Others ensure the safety of the air we breathe outdoors and indoors, as well as the soil in which we grow our food and on which we build our communities. Environmental engineers can also slow down climate change with alternative energy solutions and capture of greenhouse gases. Their systems can also protect against climate change impacts such as sea level rise and storms of increasing frequency and severity.
CEE Capstone Partnership
Our Senior Capstone Design is a required course for all civil and environmental engineers at UW-Madison. With the guidance of professional mentors, students use the knowledge and interpersonal skills they have gained through classroom and work experiences to create effective solutions to real-world problems.