Civil Engineering : Overview

Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

Contact Information

Civil Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
212 Ketter Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4300

Phone: 716.645.2114
Fax: 716.645.3733
Web Address:
Andrew S. Whittaker
Christine Human
Director of Undergraduate Studies


Civil engineers build societies, from the landmarks that define who we are to the hidden infrastructure essential for our survival. Civil engineering projects such as the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, Boston's 'Big Dig,' the interstate highway system, and New York City's water supply system illustrate the diversity, scale, grandeur, and functionality that is civil engineering. Because they often work in the public arena, civil engineers require broad technical training as well as strong communication skills, and usually must be licensed as professional engineers.

Program educational objectives for the civil engineering BS degree are:
  • Employment and promotion as civil engineers in consulting, industry, government, academia, and related professions;
  • Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge through lifelong learning, such as graduate study and continuing education;
  • Respond to the changing impact of civil engineering solutions in a global and social context, and;
  • Advance and support the engineering profession through participation in professional societies, civic groups, and educational institutions.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:38 EST