Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil engineers play a vital role in creating the man-made environment and in protecting the natural environment, bringing together science and art to create much of the tangible fabric of today's society. They plan, design, construct, maintain, and manage airports, bridges, tunnels, buildings, harbor facilities, dams, highways, waterways, pipelines, sanitation systems, and other aspects of the built environment. The field of civil engineering is about community service, development and improvement, planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities essential to modern life, ranging from transit systems to offshore structures to space satellites. They are problem solvers, meeting the challenges of pollution, traffic congestion, drinking water and energy needs, urban redevelopment, and community planning. The scope of civil engineering also includes responsibility for environmental and social impact, which takes on ever-increasing importance as citizen awareness of society's problems, environmental quality, energy sources, and improvement of the quality of life. As a result, students in this field learn to address complex social problems and develop facilities that support community values and protect the environment.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999