The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is committed to providing high-quality education and research experiences for our students.  Students thrive in our friendly, close-knit community. We focus our resources and efforts on areas of unique strength, including water resources engineering, environmental solutions and sustainability, mechanics of solids and structures, transportation infrastructure, nanotechnology, and more.

Learn more about programs and certificates we offer by clicking the links here:

Civil Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate

Sustainability Certificate

BS/MS Program

In an effort to serve the most able undergraduate engineering students at The University of Iowa, CEE and the College of Engineering support a combined bachelor of science and master of science degree program (BS/MS).  Students admitted to this program will be allowed to: apply three engineering courses (9 s.h.) towards both the B.S. and M.S. degree requirements; take an additional 3 s.h. of graduate coursework before completing their BS; and attend and participate in the departmental graduate seminar. The intent of the program is to allow an early entrance to graduate school for our most able students. Students applying for the BS/MS nonthesis program must hold a GPA of 3.25 at the time of their application to be admitted into the program.

Admission into the BS/MS nonthesis program is based on the student’s academic record.  To apply to the fast-track combined degree program, a student must identify a faculty adviser.  The advisor should guide the student during the second semester of the senior year, and until the completion of the M.S. degree.  We offer BS/MS with Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning.

Elective Focus Areas

Students select an Elective Focus Area (EFA) to personalize their curriculum and help prepare them for the type of job or research area they want to pursue. The primary goal of the EFA course selection is for the student to achieve exposure and depth of study in an area that is complementary to their degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. We offer seven recommended EFA plans as well as the ability to create custom EFA's based on students' specific interests.  Learn more about our EFA's here. 


What to know what courses are offered in our department? Read over course selections in the Course Catalog

Undergraduate Research

Research provides a unique and effective educational experience for undergraduate students.  The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is committed to student participation in all kinds of research - whether disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or educational in focus - encompassing efforts by individual investigators, groups, centers, and others. Learn more about unique research for undergraduates here.

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE)

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is the first of two examinations that engineers must pass in order to be licensed as a Professional Engineer in the United States. Our department offers training, guidance, assistance, and reimbursement for this exam. To learn more, read the information on our FE Exam page.

ABET Accreditation

The Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Learn more here.