Future-Proofing Infrastructure, Sustainably

Melissa Bilec Joins $2MM NSF-funded Project to Design Climate-Adaptive Infrastructure

Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation names Melissa Bilec as new Co-Director

Eric Beckman, founding co-director, to continue focus on innovation and translation programs

Visualizing Our City's Energy Use

Pitt Civil Engineers Use Pittsburgh to Create Energy Usage Model in Commercial Buildings

Eco-Village Seeks to Recirculate Pittsburgh’s Waste

Engineering undergrads hope to make Pittsburgh more sustainable through a community circular economy that optimizes waste management

Are Silver Nanoparticles a Silver Bullet Against Microbes?

Leanne Gilbertson’s group studies the mechanisms behind bacterial resistance to silver nanoparticles to determine if their ubiquitous use is a solution to the antimicrobial resistance challenge - or instead fueling the fire

Creating Cooler Cities

Pitt Civil Engineers Examine Urban Cooling Strategies Using Reflective Surfaces

Capturing the Huge Impacts of Tiny Organisms

Pitt Chemical Engineer Receives $315K from NSF to Replicate Microbial Systems

Self-Aware Materials for Living Structures

New Research in Nano Energy Introduces Revolutionary Scalable Material that Senses and Powers Itself

The Business of Bees

The Economic Value of Insect Pollination Services is Much Higher than Previously Thought in the U.S., New Research Finds

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The University of Pittsburgh is proud of its history and tradition in civil and environmental engineering education, reinforced by a faculty who are dedicated to their students. The curriculum prepares students to tackle today’s most eminent engineering, environmental and societal challenges. Undergraduate and graduate students (M.S. and PhD) have the opportunity to study and conduct research in a diverse range of areas, including structures, geotechnical and pavements, water resources, transportation, mining, environmental, water resources, sustainability and green design, and construction management. Graduates of the department have become leaders in our profession, serving with government, private consulting firms and contractors as well as research in private industry and academic institutions.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree that may be obtained by majoring in civil engineering or a new major in environmental engineering. You can find more information on the requirements for each degree under the undergraduate tab. The civil engineering major has been continuously accredited by ABET since its inception in 1936. The environmental engineering major was established in 2015 in response to strong demand from students, industry and government agencies and will seek ABET accreditation in the Fall of 2017. The Department also offers minors in civil engineering and environmental engineering to students majoring in other disciplines.

The undergraduate curriculum culminates in a capstone design project, which enables students to put into practice what they learned in the classroom, and offers a direct connection to local civil and environmental engineering professionals who consult with students throughout the semester on their projects.

The department employs world-class faculty, offers access to first-rate educational and research facilities and partnerships with industry, all of which provide the necessary edge for our graduates to discover and pursue satisfying careers that have profound impact on meeting the current and any future challenges for the society. 

Please enjoy exploring and learning about our department. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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