Setting the Standards
Preparing undergraduate students to define future standards of excellence, the Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering Department promotes the use of engineering approaches to create solutions for societal needs concerning the built and natural environment by: providing a high quality, broad-based undergraduate education that emphasizes both fundamental knowledge and design experiences for its students; developing new knowledge through cutting-edge and applied research; providing services and leadership to the public and the profession; integrating research knowledge and professional service experience into innovative undergraduate and graduate instruction; and by fostering in our students a culture of lifelong personal and professional growth.
Civil engineering focuses on constructed facilities, including structures, foundations, environmental and transportation systems, waterways, ports, irrigation, drainage, and water supply and treatment. The civil engineer's vital role is to plan, design and supervise the construction of these facilities. Within the sequence of Civil Engineering courses, students have the flexibility to concentrate in Structures, Geotechnical, Water Resources, or Construction Management.
Environmental engineering has traditionally been taught as a branch of civil engineering concerned with the supply of safe drinking water and the sanitary disposal of municipal wastes. The field has expanded in recent years to include many new areas, such as the treatment of industrial and hazardous wastes, the prediction of the fate and transport of pollutants in the environmental, and the design of systems for remediation of sites contaminated with hazardous wastes. This has placed new demands on engineers to understand the fundamental environmental transformation processes that describe natural and engineered systems.
The program leverages the Center for Maritime Systems's experimental and modeling facilities and existing courses in ocean engineering. There are few degree programs whose mission is to train the civilians who will work in shipyards, design offices and Navy bureaus, filling needs for both military and non-military vessels. Building on its research strengths and long term leadership in the field, the school is well placed to offer a program in Naval Engineering under the auspices of our broad-based Engineering curriculum.
Stevens encourages undergraduate students to become licensed engineers. Licensed engineers are a select group. Those who do achieve licensure, however, enjoy the professional benefits that accompany this distinction. In order to be licensed, students must pass the FE Exam and the PE Exam. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a licensed engineer and the requirements.
Our undergraduate programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. Read the program missions, objectives, and outcomes for more information.