The Civil Engineering Profession
From the pyramids of Egypt to the space station Freedom, civil engineers have always faced the challenge of the future — advancing civilization and improving the quality of life. The technological revolution, population growth and environmental concerns all create a challenge to civil engineers. The next few decades will be the most creative, demanding and rewarding times.
Civil engineering is about development and improvement. It involves planning, design, construction and operation of facilities essential to modern life. Civil engineers solve problems to meet the challenges of pollution, traffic congestion, water supplies, energy needs, waste management, urban redevelopment and community planning. Future civil engineers must have the ability to interact with and compete in a global economy. They will have a vital role in improving the quality of life in the 21st century.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers two master's degrees: Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.) and Master of Environmental Engineering (M.Env.E.) with specialties in structural engineering and engineering mechanics, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, wind engineering, and computational mechanics.
Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)
A student specializes in one of the principal sub-disciplines of civil engineering (e.g., environmental engineering, structural engineering, etc.) in this degree program. Three degree options are available: the thesis-option student completes 24 hours of coursework, performs 6 credit hours of independent research, and writes a thesis based on the findings of the research; the report-option student completes 27 hours of coursework and writes a report (3 hours) on a selected topic. The courses only option allows a student to take 30 hours of course work and pass a comprehensive exam.
Master of Environmental Engineering (M.Env.E.)
A unique design-oriented 5-year professional degree program that prepares the graduate to specialize in an environmental engineering career. Because students enter this program as undergraduates, the program is administered as an undergraduate offering. More information on this degree program is available on the M.Env.E Web page.
The graduate curriculum provides training in the basic sciences, engineering science, general education and design experience. Basic science includes mathematics, chemistry and physics. Engineering science includes statics, dynamics, fluid dynamics, mechanics of solids, soil mechanics, construction materials, surveying, thermodynamics and electrical systems. The broad category of general education includes courses in history, political science, humanities and communication. Design experience entails five subdisciplines of civil engineering: structural, environmental, water resources, geotechnical and transportation engineering. Lecture and laboratory classes train the student in theory and practical applications. The overall objective is to provide design experience which involves open ended problems that are subject to various constraints. The student learns to work on teams, to examine options and make informed decisions regarding the design of a civil engineering system (building, bridge, pipeline, airport, water treatment plant, etc.) The curriculum concludes with a semester-long design project of a typical civil engineering project. The project brings all the knowledge gained from the curriculum to focus on the design. Students practice planning, scheduling, data collection, report writing, oral and graphical (CAD) communication in a simulated design office setting.
The leveling work and course requirements for M.S.C.E. and Ph.D. emphasis areas are presented below:
Geotechnical Engineering/ Pavement
|W. Andrew Jackson, Ph.D.||Professor and Associate Chair|
Graduate Advisor - Environmental and Water Resources
O: CEE 008
|Priyantha W. Jayawickrama, Ph.D.||Associate Professor|
Graduate Advisor - Structures, Transportation, and Geotechnical
O: CEE 164
Additional information on any of the civil and environmental engineering programs or Texas Tech University may be obtained by contacting: