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What do civil and environmental engineers do?

Civil and environmental engineers apply basic principles of science, supported by mathematical and computational tools, to address the biggest challenges facing society: ensuring clean air, safe drinking water and sanitation; addressing our changing environment; protecting the population from natural and man-made hazards; designing a sustainable infrastructure that serves everyone; reimagining human and commodity traffic for an automated future; and of course designing and constructing the world’s tallest buildings and most iconic bridges. 

What will CEE at Illinois students learn?

The CEE at Illinois program comprises seven main disciplines: Construction Engineering and Management, Construction Materials, Environmental Engineering and Science, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering and Science. Additionally, three interdisciplinary programs give students a broad, systems-level perspective on the complex civil and environmental challenges facing the world today: Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability, and Societal Risk and Hazard Mitigation. Our students' educational experience will include:

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Rigorous core courses will provide complete knowledge of the fundamentals of civil and environmental engineering.  


Big Data

Students will learn how to collect, share, model and analyze enormous data sets that are now the norm, not the exception.


Computational Skills

Coding skills and computational tools for engineering design/decision-making are taught from freshman through senior years.



An emphasis on communication will prepare students for professions that take them from project sites to boardrooms.


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Critical Thinking

Our students learn how to arrive at a solution by thinking critically about a problem rather than simply memorizing a formula.


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By fostering innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, the world of professional possibilities is wide open.


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When you’re a Civil and Environmental Engineer, your commute might not involve subways.

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CEE helps prepare you for what comes next.

A degree from CEE at Illinois is the first step to becoming a successful professional. Graduates of CEE at Illinois are always in high demand and students approaching graduation are enthusiastically recruited for full-time positions. To help students prepare for the workforce while still in college, a number of department and college resources are available. including: a twice-yearly job fair for CEE students; Backpack to Briefcase, a fall semester professional development seminar series; and Engineering Career Services, which hosts college-wide career fairs and provides a variety of ways for employers to connect with students

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Mean Starting Salary of CEE Graduates


Companies Participating
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Fundamentals of Engineering Exam pass rate (national pass rate is 68%)

Diversity Programs

The Grainger College of Engineering supports diversity through several programs. From recruitment events, to fellowships, to mentoring, we provide a wide range of opportunities for individuals from different personal, cultural, and disciplinary perspectives.

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