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Degrees and Programs

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering consists of 16 full-time faculty members and has approximately 230 undergraduates and 80 graduate students. Graduate programs are located in Moscow and in Boise at the Center for Ecohydraulics Research (CER).

Areas of emphasis include: Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Hydraulics/Water Resources/Ecohydraulics, Pavements and Construction Materials.

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Lower-division courses in civil engineering consist of a common core of basic courses in science, mathematics and engineering required of most students in the College of Engineering.

Civil engineering courses at the junior level introduce the subject matter of the civil engineering sub-disciplines, while the senior level courses add depth in elective areas.

Design procedures are introduced in the first and second year of the program, are intensified in the third year required courses, and culminate in significant design experiences in technical elective courses in the fourth year.

The Civil & Environmental Engineering undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3), the Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) requirements, and completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination.

Graduate study is offered with specialization in the following areas:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation and Materials Engineering
  • Water Resources, Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Ecohydraulics (in Boise)

The department offers master's and Ph.D. degrees. Distance students can earn non-thesis master's degrees with courses delivered by Engineering Outreach:

  • Master of Science (30 credits, with thesis)
  • Master of Engineering (33 credits, non-thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (in limited specialty areas)

Master of Science

Programs are offered in the specialized areas mentioned above. Applicants for admission generally will have a B.S. degree in civil engineering, however, those with B.S. degrees in areas other than civil engineering may be eligible for admission. This degree requires the preparation of an approved thesis.

Master of Engineering

A minimum of 33 credits is required. The other M.S. requirements apply. This study program includes the preparation of a technical paper.

Doctor of Philosophy

Persons interested in pursuing a doctoral degree must contact the Chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department well in advance of admission to the Graduate College. Preliminary screening of candidates and program planning for those admitted are essential features of the Ph.D. program. Programs are offered with specialization in the following general areas:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structures, Structural Mechanics and Construction Materials
  • Transportation Engineering Water Resources and Hydraulics

The qualifying examination is written and/or oral, and the preliminary examination is written and oral. In addition, one of the following requirements must be satisfied:

  • Satisfactory completion of a foreign language examination conducted by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
  • Completion of a humanistic-social study program approved by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Candidates for graduate study must fulfill the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. See the College of Graduate Studies section of the catalog for the General Requirements applicable to each degree.

Course work requirements in each of the degree programs are relatively flexible depending on student interest and course availability. Financial assistance is available on a competitive basis in the form of instructional and graduate research assistantships. Students interested in graduate studies should select a specialty area in which they wish to study. Entrance requirements for the College of Graduate Studies apply. Foreign students must have a TOEFL score of at least 550 for admission to any departmental graduate degree program.

For more information about civil and environmental engineering graduate studies, send requests to

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Buchanan Engineering Building Rm. 102

Mailing Address:

Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1022
Moscow, ID 83844-1022

Phone: 208-885-6782