You'll get hands-on experience mentored by experienced professors as you learn the fundamental principles of science and engineering.

CE at Rose-Hulman

Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rose-Hulman will give you hands-on experience with faculty committed to your success. All of our professors have worked in the field and our department is rated No. 1 in the country.

We offer state-of-the-art labs and project-based learning to supplement your classroom experience. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in global programs, such as Engineers Without Borders and civil engineering competition teams, such as Concrete Canoe.

Watch this short video to learn more about our Civil Engineering program.





You'll get a great hands-on education working with professors with real-world credentials. You'll learn the principles of science and engineering and apply them to real projects. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil engineering and a minor and graduate-level degrees in environmental engineering.

Learn about program accreditation here.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

ABET_Engineering_Accreditation_CommissionA 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.

Master's in Civil Engineering

Our civil engineering master’s program is designed to give you additional insights into the challenging and versatile profession of civil engineering. The one-year, course-based program focuses on structural engineering. However, there are alternatives if you are interested in a multi-year, thesis-based master of science civil engineering program.

Minor in Environmental Engineering

A minor in environmental engineering expands your preparation for designing systems to safely treat the waste products created by society.

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. 

Minor in Sustainability

A minor in sustainability provides hands-on experiences for student teams working on real-world problems related to sustainability. This could include design projects, scientific research, modeling-based projects, or studies to improve campus sustainability. Students in the program will also have the opportunity to examine, analyze, and reflect upon sustainability as it relates to their project or research work.

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 classroom lessons using innovative labs and technology.


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


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 new Modular Learning Lab, students examine how structures behave and fail. In the Structures Lab, students apply computer and strain guage 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.

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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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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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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Construction Engineer

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

Department News

Learn about the latest happenings, recent research, and more about Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rose-Hulman.
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Class of ’24 Graduates Honored for Scholastic Successes, Campus Leadership

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Students Recognized for Top-of-Class, Academic Department Achievements

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‘Rose Show’ Projects Filled with Entrepreneurship, Sustainability & Innovation

Dr. Jim Hanson

Jim Hanson

Dr. Jim Hanson is the department head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he has taught since 2002. His specialty is structural engineering with a research emphasis in how to accelerate student development from novice to experienced engineer.  He is author of the textbook Structural Analysis: Skills for Practice. Dr. Hanson is also a former U.S. Army Engineer officer who designed and built pipelines, organized operations for combat engineering units, and conducted the repair and rehabilitation of small structures.

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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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