Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)  is the designing and constructing of civil and marine infrastructure (buildings, bridges, and offshore structures; highway systems, airports, and energy transport systems; dams, locks, levees, and canals; all water treatment and distribution systems; and all aspects of environmental management and pollution prevention and remediation). Because CEE engineers receive a broad education, they frequently find successful employment outside of engineering in business, law, and research fields.

CEE engineers work in such areas as construction, project management, pollution and ecology, water quality and treatment, hydrology, biohazards, contamination, underground dynamics, waste containment, railroads, transportation, urban planning and management, highway and traffic engineering, structure behavior, analysis, and design.

Average Starting Salary (Bachelor’s Degree)   UIUC –  $61,063    NACE – $63,071

Sample Careers

  • Structural engineers (tall buildings and bridges)
  • Geotechnical engineers (foundations and tunnels)
  • Environmental engineers (water treatment plants)
  • Transportation engineers (highways and railroads)
  • Construction materials experts (strong, durable, and sustainable building materials)
  • Hydrosystem engineers (waterways, locks and dams, and levies)
  • Construction managers (convert civil engineering design into reality by controlling labor, equipment, materials, time, money, quality and safety)

Sample Courses

  • CEE 449: Environmental Engineering Lab
  • CEE 415: Geometric Design of Roads
  • CEE 401: Concrete Materials
  • CEE 453: Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • CEE 421: Construction Planning

We’ve collected stories below from some women alumni and students in CEE. Read them to learn how these engineers apply their Illinois Engineering education in their community and around the world.

Ann Witmer

Savannah Goodman