Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

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Civil and environmental engineers work to achieve safe and sustainable development in a cost-effective, environmentally protective and socially responsible manner. They utilize engineering principles to enhance the built and natural environments, and contribute to environmental protection and remediation, water conservation, environmental biotechnology, materials and infrastructure development.

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Civil engineering is a broad field that applies engineering principles primarily to the public domain infrastructure, including transportation, water resources, buildings and other structures such as dams and bridges. Civil engineers plan, design and supervise the construction of facilities such as high-rise buildings, airports, roads, water treatment centers and sanitation plants. Civil engineers balance the needs of society with technical and economic feasibility. ASU engineers work to achieve safe and sustainable development through “green” engineering.

The Civil Engineering B.S.E. degree program at Arizona State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Student enrollment and graduation data are available at

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career opportunities for civil and environmental engineers

Graduates of the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering program at ASU have many career opportunities that involve different activities, tools, situations, clients and venues. The completion of a civil engineering project requires the solution of technical problems in coordination with professionals from different disciplines. From conceptual design to forensic study of failed performance, civil engineers use mathematical, scientific and computational tools to develop and sustain modern communities. Civil engineering graduates go on to careers in both the public and private sectors, from small consulting companies to large corporations to government agencies.

what makes civil engineering at asu special?

Emphasis on sustainability

The civil engineering curriculum at ASU emphasizes sustainability as a revolutionary approach to engineering that focuses on the long lasting improvement of the human condition. Sustainable engineering transforms the traditional design and construction methods of complex systems by the application of life cycle and environmental assessment, risk and uncertainty analysis and other emerging techniques.


Undergraduate civil engineering majors have the option to complete a general civil engineering degree or to concentrate in environmental engineering or sustainable engineering. Graduate civil engineering students are admitted to one of our research specialty areas.

Program demographics and professional preparation

There are 880 undergraduate students in the civil, environmental and sustainable engineering program. About 24.2 percent of those students are women.

The civil engineering curriculum prepares students for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and licensed Professional Engineer (PE) registration.

Faculty research areas

Our faculty is actively engaged in many local, national and international-level research efforts that greatly impact economic development and environmental quality. Our faculty specialties include environmental engineering, geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering, hydrosystems engineering, structures, sustainable engineering and transportation/pavements. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to get involved in research while pursuing their degree through the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initivative (FURI).

Our alumni

When Joy Marsalla was nearing high school graduation, she had little idea about what major to sign up for in college. She took a look at what she liked to do—math and science, but also an affinity for water from fond memories of family camping trips that were often near lakes and rivers. She combined the two and recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering. Read Joy's story

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undergraduate applications

ASU prefers online applications for all new students. Get started at ASU’s student website or go directly to the online application.

graduate applications

Priority applications dates for our programs are July 1 for spring semester admission and January 1 for fall semester.

Online applications are made through ASU’s Graduate Education Office and not directly to the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

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School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Main Office
College Avenue Commons (CAVC)
660 S. College Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Tel: 480-965-3589
Fax: 480-965-0557
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CAVC 437
Tel: 480-965-0595
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