Civil Engineering

When it comes to building our nation’s infrastructure or protecting our natural environment, civil and environmental engineers are at the forefront. they not only design roads, bridges, and structures, provide clean drinking water, and protect people from natural hazards like flooding or earthquakes, they also engage with the public to create a more sustainable future. Civil engineers draw on their broad background in structures and soil mechanics, transportation systems, hydrology and hydraulics, and environmental processes in their work.


Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers apply engineering principles to design systems that control pollution and protect public health. environmental engineers restore air, soil, and water quality at previously contaminated sites, and develop systems that convert waste into clean energy. environmental engineering addresses the complex food, energy, and water issues of the 21st century. In your first year at iowa you are exposed to current environmental issues in your first-year seminar. Many of our courses feature active and hands-on learning opportunities, including laboratory exercises that involve data collection on smartphones.

Environmental Engineering allows you to work in any aspect of environmental protection. the major areas include air pollution control, industrial hygiene, radiation protection, hazardous waste management, toxic materials control, water supply, wastewater management, storm water management, solid waste disposal, public health, and land management. And, within each of these major categories are many sub-specialties. environmental engineering and science provides limitless opportunities as to type of work, for whom you work, and where you work.