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Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Program


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers programs leading to:

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy Civil Engineering

The department also participates in university programs leading to the M.S. in Engineering and the Ph.D. in Engineering Science.

Master of Science Programs

Generally, the M.S. thesis program requires one and a half to two years to complete. A professional M.S. non-thesis program is also available which emphasizes an extended amount of coursework and a final project. This professional program can typically be completed in a 12-month period.

Focus Areas

Environmental Engineering

Required Courses for the Air Group:

  • CE 502 – Applied Meteorology
  • CE 503 – Air Quality Management
  • CE 515 – Environmental Measurements

Required Courses for the Water Group:

  • CE 541 – Physicochemical Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • CE 542 – Biochemical Wastewater Treatment
  • CE 518 – Hazardous Waste Engineering
    CE 583 – Aquatic Chemistry

Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering

The Masters degree program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours with a comprehensive examination and research or design project.

Geotechnical Engineering
Coursework for a degree specializing in geotechnical engineering should include the following core courses:

  • CE 510 – Advanced Geomaterial Characterization
  • CE 527 – Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • CE 528 – Advanced Foundation Design

Transportation Engineering
Course work for a degree specializing in transportation engineering should include the following core courses:

  • CE 473 – Pavement Design
  • CE 527 – Advanced Soil Mechanics

Other coursework is determined in consultation with the student’s graduate advisor to meet the particular needs of the student. A number of other courses are avilable through the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Idaho.

Hydraulics and Water Resources

Students may choose from a variety of graduate and selected undergraduate courses offered in the Hydraulics and Water Resources Program. In addition, courses may be selected from a number of related courses in other programs in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as in other departments of the University. Possible plans of study focused on a variety of topics are:

  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Aquatic Restoration
  • Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport
  • Water Resources Management

Structural Engineering, Materials, and Sustainability

Suggested Core Courses:

  • CE 514 – Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • CE 512 – Dynamics of Structures and/or CE 538 – Earthquake Engineering
  • CE 430 – Analysis of Indeterminate Structures and/or CE 532 – Finite Elements

Common Electives:

  • CE 534 – Prestressed Concrete and Reinforced Masonry Design
  • CE 533 – Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
  • CE 539 – Advanced Design of Timber Structures
  • CE 530 – Advanced Design of Steel Structures
  • CE 535 – Advanced Finite Elements
  • CE 505 – Sustainability Engineering II
  • CE 520/521 – Integrated Design Experience


Doctor of Philosophy Program

The doctorate program is individually tailored to each student’s need and interest. Normally, a Master’s degree in engineering is required for entrance to the doctorate program.

Additional Resources

More Information

Dena Spencer-Curtis
Graduate Coordinator
(509) 335-4547