Civil and Environmental Engineering

Program Description

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers design-oriented and student-centered undergraduate programs in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. The degrees build upon fundamental engineering principles and provide specialization within Civil and Environmental Engineering. Graduates are positioned for a broad range of professional opportunities, and are well-prepared for an engineering career in a world of rapid technological change.

The Civil Engineering degree offers breadth in several Civil Engineering fields: Construction Engineering, Engineering Surveying, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Water Resources. Civil students can elect to further specialize in one or more of these areas by selecting related courses to fulfill their Civil Engineering Technical Electives.

The Environmental Engineering degree introduces students to the fundamentals of environmental engineering including the scientific and regulatory basis of public health and environmental protection. The degree is designed to prepare students to investigate and analyze environmental systems and assess risks to public health and ecosystems as well as evaluate and design natural and engineered solutions to mitigate risks and enable beneficial outcomes. Topics covered include water reclamation and reuse, hazardous waste management, contaminated site remediation, environmental science, water and wastewater treatment, and regulatory processes.

The programs leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and to the degree Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The department also offers two minors and two ASIs. Majors are encouraged to use free elective courses to gain knowledge in another discipline and incorporate either an Area of Special Interest (ASI) or a minor. This adds to the flexibility of the program and qualifies students for a wide variety of careers.

Program Educational Objectives

The Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering programs contribute to the educational objectives described in the CSM Graduate Profile and the ABET Accreditation Criteria. Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of these programs are as follows:
 
Within three years of attaining the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, graduates will be situated in growing careers or will be successfully pursuing a graduate degree in Civil Engineering or a related field; advancing in their professional standing, generating new knowledge and/or exercising leadership in the field; and contributing to the needs of society through professional practice, research, and/or service.
 
Within three years of attaining the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, graduates will be situated in careers or will be successfully pursuing a graduate degree in Environmental Engineering or a related field; advancing in their professional standing, generating new knowledge and/or exercising leadership in their field; and contributing to the needs of society through professional practice, research, and/or service.

Curriculum

During the first two years at Colorado School of Mines, students complete a set of core courses that includes mathematics, basic sciences, and engineering sciences. Course work in mathematics gives engineering students tools for modeling, analyzing, and predicting physical and chemical phenomena. The basic sciences of physics and chemistry provide an appropriate foundation in the physical sciences; engineering science then builds upon these basic sciences and focuses on applications.

The core curriculum also includes an introduction to engineering design principles and practices. These courses emphasize design methodology and stress the creative and synthesis aspects of the engineering profession.  The core curriculum also includes complementary courses in the humanities and social sciences which explore the links between the environment, human society, and engineering.

In the final two years, students complete discipline-specific advanced engineering courses. Civil Engineering students explore soil mechanics, structural theory, design of foundations, design of steel or concrete structures, and Civil Engineering technical electives. Environmental Engineering students explore water chemistry and water quality, air pollution, the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment (air, water, and soil), water resources, environmental policy, and Environmental Engineering technical electives. At the student’s discretion, free electives (9 credits) can be used to either satisfy his/her personal interest in a topic or the credits can be used to pursue an "area of special interest" (12 semester hours) or a minor (at least 18 semester hours). All students complete a capstone engineering design course that is focused on an in-depth, realistic, and multi-disciplinary engineering project.

Students interested in a research experience, in addition to their undergraduate curriculum, are encouraged to work on an Independent Study project with one of the Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty. These projects can offer an applied experience that is relevant to future graduate studies and a professional career.


Primary Contact

Stephen Green
303-384.2621
sgreen1@mines.edu

Professor and Department Head

Junko Munakata Marr

Professor and James R. Paden Distinguished Chair

Marte Gutierrez

Professor and Grewcock Distinguished Chair

Michael Mooney

Professor and AMAX Distinguished Chair

Tissa Illangasekare

Professors

Tzahi Cath

Linda Figueroa

D.V. Griffiths

Christopher Higgins

Terri Hogue

Paul C. Johnson

Amy Landis

Ning Lu

John McCray

Kamini Singha

John R. Spear

Timothy Strathmann

Associate Professors

Christopher Bellona

Shiling Pei

Jonathan O. Sharp

Assistant Professors

Reza Hedayat

Lori Tunstall

Teaching Professors

Joseph Crocker

Kristoph Kinzli

Susan Reynolds

Teaching Associate Professors

Andres Guerra

Jeffrey Holley

Hongyan Liu

Alexandra Wayllace

Teaching Assistant Professor

Chelsea Panos

University Emeritus Professor

Robert L. Siegrist

Emeriti Associate Professor

Ronald R. H. Cohen

Panos Kiousis

Emeritus Teaching Professor

Candace Sulzbach