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CONTACT INFORMATION: 150 Civil and Environmental Engineering Building
Box 41023, Lubbock, TX 79409-1023,
T 806.742.3523, F 806.742.3488,

About the Program

This department supervises the following degree programs:

        • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
        • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
        • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
        • Master of Environmental Engineering
        • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering

Dual Degree Program

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering/Bachelor of Science in Architecture (see the College of Architecture section in this catalog for a curriculum plan)

Vision. The vision of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is to be nationally and internationally recognized for producing well-prepared graduates, developing visible research programs, and advancing knowledge through public outreach and professional service.

Mission. The mission of the department has three elements:

  • To provide excellent instruction and design experiences essential for graduates to enter the practice of civil and environmental engineering and pursue lifelong professional development.
  • To provide research opportunities for students that generate, communicate, and apply new knowledge for the betterment of society.
  • To foster a spirit of service and leadership among students and faculty and assist the public in addressing issues concerning the use of resources, protection of the environment, and development of infrastructure.

Program Educational Objectives. The undergraduate program educational objectives embody the expected accomplishments of graduates during their first few years following graduation. The program educational objectives of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) as adopted by the CEE faculty, CEE Advisory Council and the CEE Student Advisory Council are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Program
    • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of civil engineers.
    • Graduates will continue their professional development through graduate study if qualified and continuing education.
  • Master of Environmental Engineering Program
    • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of environmental engineers.
    • Graduates will continue their professional development through continuing education.

These objectives are published in the university’s catalog and on the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering website.

Student Outcomes. Student outcomes are statements of the expectations for the knowledge and skills that students should possess when they graduate with a B.S. in Civil Engineering or the Master of Environmental Engineering degree from Texas Tech University.

Graduates of the program must demonstrate the following:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

By the time of graduation, civil engineering students should also demonstrate the following civil engineering program specific outcomes:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, calculus-based physics, chemistry and one additional area of science.
  • Apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering.
  • Conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data.
  • Design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context.
  • Explain basic professional practice concepts.
  • Explain the importance of professional licensure.

By the time of graduation, environmental engineering students should also demonstrate the following environmental engineering program specific outcomes:

  • Proficiency in mathematics, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, general chemistry earth science, biological science and fluid mechanics.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues associated with air, land, and water systems and associated environmental health impacts.
  • An ability to conduct laboratory experiments and critically analyze and interpret data.
  • Performed engineering design by means of integrated design experiences.
  • Proficiency in advanced principles and practice relevant to the program objectives.
  • Understanding of professional practice concepts
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Undergraduate Program

General Standards and Requirements. Admission requirements and academic standards for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are consistent with the dynamic enrollment plan for the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. Refer to the introduction to the Whitacre College of Engineering section of this catalog for a description of the criteria for initial admission to the Whitacre College of Engineering and the lower-division foundational curriculum. The recommended foundational curriculum for civil and environmental engineering consists of ENGL 1301, 1302; MATH 1451, 1452; CHEM 1307/1107; PHYS 1408; and ENGR 1315.

A student may apply for admission to the upper division of a degree program upon completion of the foundational curriculum and a minimum of 12 credit hours of Texas Tech coursework. The acceptance criterion is based exclusively on a cumulative GPA for coursework completed at Texas Tech. The specific GPA standard varies among the degree programs and may change from one academic year to the next as necessary to align enrollments with the educational resources. For students who entered Texas Tech prior to June 1, 2012, a minimum 2.0 GPA is required for admission to the civil or environmental engineering upper-division degree programs. Students entering Texas Tech after June 1, 2012, must have a minimum 2.50 GPA.

The academic standards required by the Whitacre College of Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are given in the introduction to the Whitacre College section of the catalog and summarized below. Exceptions to these academic standards are at the discretion of the dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering.

  • A grade of C or better is required for all courses in an engineering degree plan.
  • A grade of C or better must be achieved in all prerequisites before the subsequent course may be attempted.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required to maintain academic good standing and continued membership in the Whitacre College of Engineering.
  • A full-time student must achieve a C or better in 18 credit hours
    of coursework in the degree plan in each 12-month period.
  • An engineering course may be repeated only one time after a course drop, withdrawal, or failure to achieve a C or higher. A maximum of three engineering courses may be repeated.

The required undergraduate programs for civil and environmental engineering (CEE) are contained in the curriculum tables shown in this section. The broad Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering curriculum includes structural, geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and transportation topics to prepare the graduate for multiple career options. The undergraduate courses in the combined Bachelor of Science and Master in Environmental Engineering provide strong preparation in biology, chemistry, and environmental engineering.

All students who complete the ABET-accredited five-year curriculum receive both the B.S.Env.E. and the M.Env.E. degrees concurrently. M.Env.E. graduates are prepared to move toward professional licensure in any state with the proper combination of examinations (FE, PE) and experience required by that state. Students who only complete the undergraduate courses in the curriculum (1000-4000 level) receive the non-ABET-accredited BS.Env.E. degree only. Graduates who have only a B.S.Env.E. degree and desire licensure must consult the engineering licensure regulations for graduates with non-accredited degrees in their states of interest.

The department requires students in their junior year to conduct a degree audit. Following this audit, they must meet with their academic advisors to discuss all courses remaining for completion of their degree. To graduate, the student must complete the specified minimum number of hours in each of these subject areas, and have a C or better in all degree program courses. Changes in the degree plan or exceptions to the above conditions require written approval of the chairperson of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Forms and information pertaining to departmental regulations are available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering office. Professors and instructors reserve the right to restrict the use and type of calculators used during class hours and tests.

Students interested in obtaining both the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and the Master of Architecture degrees should refer to the dual degree curriculum listed in the College of Architecture section of this catalog.

Minors. Civil engineering and environmental engineering majors may pursue a minor in any field of study at Texas Tech. A minor consists of 18 hours coursework, with at least 6 hours at the junior or senior level. A minor in mathematics normally can be obtained with the completion of a few additional hours.

The basic core courses for a civil or environmental engineering minor are CE 2301, 3303, and 3305. The last 9 hours should consist of courses from geotechnical, transportation, structures, water resources, or environmental engineering topics. See the departmental website for more information.

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Graduate Program

For master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering, students may choose one or more of several areas of specialization including environmental engineering, water resources engineering, structural engineering, wind engineering, engineering mechanics, geoenvironmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, and highway engineering.

Professors and instructors reserve the right to restrict the use and type of calculators used during class hours and tests.

Admission. Students with a baccalaureate degree in engineering may enter the graduate program by having their entrance credentials evaluated by both the Graduate School and the department. For applicants with a baccalaureate degree in science or mathematics, certain leveling courses in engineering normally are required. Persons entering the graduate program in civil engineering should consult with a graduate advisor.

Master’s Degree Programs

The department offers two 30 credit hour master’s degrees: Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.) and Master of Environmental Engineering (M.Env.E.). Both degrees have thesis and non-thesis options. Requirements for the non-thesis option are as follows:

  • Students enrolling in a non-thesis master’s program may fulfill the degree requirements by either (a)completing 27 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and 3 credit hours of CE 6330, Master’s Report; or (b) completing 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework.
  • Students will not be allowed to use credit/non-credit courses (e.g., CE 7000) to fulfill the required 30 credit hours.
  • Students will be required to complete successfully a department-administered comprehensive exam during their graduating semester.

Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Students working toward a M.S.C.E. specialize in one of the principal subdisciplines of civil engineering (e.g., environ­mental engineering, structural engineering) in this degree program. Two degree options are available: (1) the thesis option allows students to complete 24 hours of coursework, perform 6 credit hours of independent research, and write a thesis based on the findings of the research, and (2) the report option requires students to complete 30 hours of coursework and write a report on a selected topic.

Master of Environmental Engineering. The M.Env.E. is an ABET-accredited 154-hour freshman-to-master’s degree program specializing in environmental engineering. It is a design-oriented program that culminates in a comprehensive design problem rather than a research-oriented thesis.

The major focus areas of water supply resources, environmental chemistry, wastewater management, solid waste management, hazardous waste management, air pollution control, and environmental health are included in specific advanced and graduate-level courses within the curriculum. Students choosing the M.Env.E. degree are formally admitted to the upper-division courses after faculty review at the end of the second curriculum year. Students must pass the Graduate Record Examination and meet the university’s Graduate School admission requirements before enrolling in graduate-level courses. Students who do not achieve admission to the Graduate School may receive the non-accredited Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, which comprises all the undergraduate courses shown in the M.Env.E. curriculum. Further information about the curriculum and assessment procedures can be found at

Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering. Doctoral studies consist of selected courses and independent research culminating in a dissertation (minimum 60 coursework hours plus 12 dissertation hours). Each student’s degree plan is individually formulated through consultation with a faculty advisory committee. Recent dissertation research studies have included topics in the civil engineering specialty areas of structural engineering, engineering mechanics, geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, water resources engineering, wind engineering, environmental engineering, and computational mechanics.

Typically, students with master’s degrees in engineering programs enter the civil engineering doctoral program. Students with graduate degrees in non-engineering sciences initially may be accepted subject to completing specified leveling courses in civil engineering. Students with master’s degrees in civil or environmental engineering who have not completed courses equivalent to the core courses required for the master’s degree in civil engineering will be required to complete the missing core courses satisfactorily at the earliest opportunity. Doctoral degree plans are individually prepared in consultation with a faculty advisor and usually comprise courses listed with CE or ENVE prefixes, but the degree plan often includes courses outside the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the College of Engineering. Back to Top


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H. Scott Norville, Ph.D., Chairperson

Horn Professor: Mehta
Professors: Fedler, Jackson, Liu, A. Morse, Norville, Rainwater, Reible, Song, V. Uddameri, Won
Associate Professors: Chen, Cleveland, Hernandez, Jayawickrama, Lawson, Senadheera, Smith, Zuo
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