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Civil & Environmental Engineering

Our program offers rigorous hands-on education taught by experienced professors, and is designed to teach you the fundamental principles of science and engineering, as you learn to solve problems in the industry. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering, Rose‑Hulman also offers a minor and master’s in Environmental Engineering.

Powering the World

The world’s energy needs are growing, and civil and environmental engineers are finding ways to meet the increasing demand. Rose civil engineering alumna, Jessica Toth, talks about using her degree to bring greater efficiency and emerging technologies to the energy sector, while reducing environmental impact.


Our Civil Engineering program offers rigorous hands-on education taught by experienced professors. The program is designed to teach students the fundamental principles of science and engineering, preparing them to solve problems in the industry. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering, Rose-Hulman also offers a minor and graduate-level education in Environmental Engineering.

Learn about program accreditation here.

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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

A civil engineering degree will provide you with the knowledge and technical ability to perform essential engineering functions in the design, management and construction industries, among others. As a civil engineer, you can expect to work with public works in some capacity.

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Master's in Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering master’s program is designed to provide additional depth and breadth into the challenging and versatile profession of civil engineering. The one-year, course-based program focuses on structural engineering. However, there are alternatives for individuals interested in a multi-year, thesis-based Master of Science Civil Engineering program.

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Minor in Environmental Engineering

A minor in environmental engineering provides an introduction to the overall field of environmental engineering.

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Master's in Environmental Engineering

You may pursue either a course-based master of environmental engineering degree or a project-based master of science in environmental engineering. Both programs require 48 hours of credit hours.

Department News

Our curriculum requires students to master both theory and practice, and it has a significant emphasis on civil engineering concepts throughout the courses. Students in both majors spend ample time working in teams from our first course on. Most courses have a significant term team project where students implement the theory they have learned.

Both curricula also include a three-term (full-year) capstone experience. Most students complete a group civil engineering project for an external client. A handful of senior theses are done in conjunction with faculty in other departments, most notably Mathematics, but also Biology and Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Design Projects Needed for First-Year Civil Engineering Students

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Mountain Men

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Aidoo Recognized as Roland E. Hutchins Endowed Faculty Chair

Facilities & Resources

Hands-on learning is a key component of the civil & environmental engineering curriculum at Rose-Hulman, and our students will have opportunities to test theories and learnings using innovative labs and technology.

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In the lab, you’ll use equipment such as the stream table to apply theories and principles that address issues of flooding.

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Between innovative laboratories and access to outdoor landscapes, there are many opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience while on Rose-Hulman’s campus. In the Structures Lab, students apply computer and strain gage technology to their projects, while the Ecological Systems Laboratory is designed for students to conduct research and outreach activities related to sustainable water quality. Students can also research water quality in the Lost Creek – South Fork watershed.


The overall thing at Rose-Hulman is giving back. As civil engineers, we serve people every day. That kind of thing is near and dear to me.

- Ben Zobrist (2011)

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Top Careers in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Nearly 100 percent of Rose-Hulman’s civil engineering graduates have job offers at the time of graduation. This high placement rate is due to our commitment to providing high quality education, and the track record for success our alumni are known for.
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Construction Manager

Construction managers are desirable for their engineering and leadership expertise that are critical to help ensure building projects are completed on time and under budget.

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Environmental and Water Resource Engineer

Engineers working in this specialty manage natural resources and determine how they should be handled including waste disposal, pollution and flood control.

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Structural Engineer

Structural engineers are heavily involved in designing structures, such as buildings, bridges and tunnels. Frequently, structural engineers work as consultants to architects or contractors.

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Kevin Sutterer

Dr. Kevin G. Sutterer brings his experience as a geotechnical consultant to the classroom. His expertise includes liquefaction studies, seismic stability of earth structures, embankment dams and slope stability.

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Contact Us

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Olin Hall 225
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803

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