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Undergraduate Program

Civil Engineering Department

One of our Civil Engineering grads Ben Helmer is putting what he learned to work on a major building project here on the UMD campus.

Undergraduate Program We Offer

Civil Engineering B.S.C.E.

For a complete listing of courses – visit the Public Course Catalog. Enter “Duluth” in the Institution and Campus fields; and enter "CE" for Subject Area, then click “Search”.

Areas of Specialty

Within our curriculum, students have multiple Civil Engineering technical electives. Students must take two courses from the elective courses within a focus group (Environmental/Water Resources, Geotechnical, Structures, or Transportation) to complete a focus. Students may fulfill more than one focus group. Basic information about each focus group is listed below. When selecting a focus and courses, students are encouraged to tailor their selection of technical electives with input from their advisor. You can check out a sample plan for the B.S.C.E. degree if you'd like more details on courses. 

Environmental/Water Resources

Environmental engineering is a facet of civil engineering known as the "wet side" which focuses on sustainability, environmental remediation, environmental impact, and managing resources.  Water resource engineering is directed towards managing water resources (drinking water, waste water, storm water, etc). Environmental/Water Resources Engineering includes hydrology (surface water and groundwater), hydraulic engineering, water resources analysis, and environmental fluid mechanics.

Sample Environmental/Water Resources Plan


Geotechical engineering specializes in the science of soil and rock mechanics in order to apply it to engineering projects.  Projects that emphasize geotechnical specialization include foundations, slopes, tunnels, landfills, etc.

Geotechnical Engineering includes the study of mechanical behavior of geomaterials (soils and rocks), in relation to design and construction of civil engineering structures such as foundations, embankments and excavations.

Sample Geotechnical Plan


Structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering that involves the design, review, and creation of structures; from bridges to skyscrapers to schools.

Structural Engineering is the planning, analysis and design of structures including buildings, bridges, parking structures, and stadiums.

Sample Structural Plan


Transportation engineering focuses on the design, control, and maintenance of transportation systems and the movement of people and goods from one place to another.  

Transportation Engineering focuses on traffic systems operations and safety, highway planning and design, and the maintenance and operation of transportation facilities.

Sample Transportation Plan