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


    Focus Areas

    Students select a Focus Area 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 Focus Area 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 Focus Area plans as well as the ability to create custom Focus Areas based on students' specific interests.  Learn more about our Focus Areas by visiting Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering.


    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, and assistance for this exam.

    U2G (BS/MS) Program

    Admission into the U2G (BS/MS) nonthesis program is based on the student’s academic record.  Students must have completed at least 80 s.h. and have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.25.  Students with a gpa below 3.25 will be considered on a case by case basis with support from a CEE faculty member.  They must submit a graduate application to the Graduate College and 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. 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.  Once students complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree, they are granted the BS, and they normally complete the M.S. one year later.

    Additional information

    • Submit the online application to the Office of Admissions by May 15 in the spring of your Junior year.
    • Materials to be submitted in addition to the application are:  a statement of purpose, resume, three letters of recommendation and departmental supplemental graduate application information form.
    • Students admitted into the U2G (BS/MS) degree program can apply and double-count three upper level undergraduate courses towards a BS and graduate degree.  If a student's schedule allows, a fourth course is possible to count towards the graduate degree, only if not needed for the BS.
    • The U2G (BS/MS) program is primarily intended for students interested in pursuing the MS/Nonthesis degree option. However, the MS/Thesis degree option can be pursued in those instances where (i) a student has been conducting research under the supervision of a CEE faculty member since (at least) the summer following the student’s junior year and (ii) a CEE faculty member is willing to provide RA support during (at least) the student’s second year in the BS/MS program. 
    • A GRE score is NOT required.

    ABET Accreditation

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