Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Defne Apul, Chair

My colleagues and I welcome you to our department!

We are a small group of faculty and staff proud of our work and looking to inspire others about our profession.

We offer two ABET accredited undergraduate degrees  (Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering) and a minor in surveying. The Bachelor of Science programs in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Civil Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Environmental Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

These programs prepare our students to become a licensed engineer and/or surveyor, two credentials very important in our profession.  Our programs also prepare our students for a wide variety of other career opportunities through our integrated co-op program. Every undergraduate student in our department completes at least three semesters of co-op experience prior to graduation. Our Shah Center for Engineering Career Development hosts two very popular career expos and works individually with our students to ensure that each student receives the best professional experience possible prior to graduation.   

At the graduate level, we offer MS and PhD degrees and provide outstanding mentoring to graduate students as we work with them on research projects. We take a student centered approach in both our graduate and undergraduate programs. We are proud that both our undergraduate and graduate students have consistently found employment prior to or shortly after graduation. 

Our primary strength lies in our faculty, staff and students. As a community we strive for excellence, innovation, and creativity in our profession. We strive for honesty, integrity and accountability in our actions. We strive for respect and collegiality, diversity and inclusiveness in all our actions.

There has never been a better time to be a civil and environmental engineer! Our ability to impact society and the demand for civil and environmental engineers has never been greater. Our profession designs the infrastructure systems  and creates the engineering solutions for the betterment of society and nature. We invite you to join us in our mission to create, disseminate, and implement the future of civil and environmental engineering knowledge and practices. 

Defne Apul, PhD, PE

Professor and Chair

Last Updated: 9/1/23