Engineering | Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (BSE)

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 BSE degree program at Arizona State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Student enrollment and graduation data are available at engineering.asu.edu/factbook/data.

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.

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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.

Online Applications

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

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.

Concentrations

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 Initiative.

 

The Civil Engineering undergraduate program at ASU is fully accredited by ABET, Inc. The following are the Civil Engineering undergraduate program educational objectives within three years of graduation.

  1. Our graduates will be employed as engineers or will be enrolled in (or have graduated from) engineering or professional graduate school.
  2. Our graduates will provide engineering and program management services for civil infrastructure development that protect and enhance the environment while stewarding natural resources.
  3. Our graduates will demonstrate professionalism and will hold positions of increasing responsibility within their organizations.

Student enrollment and graduation data are available at engineering.asu.edu/factbook/data.

Graduates are expected to achieve the following outcomes at graduation.

  1. Knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, and to collect, analyze, and interpret data on civil engineering applications.
  3. Ability to design civil engineering systems, components, and processes, in conjunction with economic, environmental, ethical, sustainability and other considerations.
  4. Ability to work in, and provide leadership for, diverse teams in the solution of engineering problems.
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve civil engineering problems.
  6. Understanding of professional, sustainability and ethical issues.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively at a personal level and through written reports and oral presentations which utilize professional-quality visual aids.
  8. Understanding of issues and impact of engineering solutions in a broad cultural and geographical scale that extends to metropolitan, regional, national and global levels.
  9. Ability to engage in life-long learning and recognition of its necessity.
  10. Ability to take into consideration contemporary issues and environmental impact in civil engineering practice.
  11. Ability to use modern techniques, skills, and tools required in civil engineering practice.

 

Academic year Undergraduate
(Fall 21st Day)
Freshman
(Fall 21st Day)
Undergraduate degrees awarded
2008-2009 552 119 107
2009-2010 608 120 91
2010-2011 627 122 114
2011-2012 600 113 104
2012-2013 637 142 125
2013-2014 675 159 112
2014-2015 760 217  122
2015-2016  877  188  —

 

 

Degree offered

Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, BSE
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Location
Tempe

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Application requirements

ASU students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Readmission

Admission requirements for many majors in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are higher than University admission standards. Please review the Admissions Requirements (PDF) link for a complete list of degree programs requiring higher admission standards.

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Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

 

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