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Undergraduate Degrees

The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE) at The Ohio State University offers prospective students an exciting academic program enhanced by experiences in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. CEGE offers a challenging, intellectural experience, designed to provide our students with resources and the background necessary to pursue activities in various, interdisciplinary areas of civil and environmental engineering.

Civil Engineering

  • Structural Engineering - Structural engineers plan, analyze, and design a wide variety of large-scale structures including bridges, high-rise buildings, concrete dams, transmission towers, and special offshore and space structures.
  • Geotechnical Engineering - Geotechnical engineers analyze the properties of soil and rock that affect the performance of buildings, dams, pavements, and underground facilities that support above ground constructed facilities and public works.
  • Construction Engineering - Nearly all civil engineering projects require the management skills of a construction engineer.

Transportation and Geodetic Engineering

  • Transportation Engineering - Transportation engineers track, analyze and design all modes of (land, sea, and air) transportation systems, and they study the various ways operators and end-users decide within the nation's transportation enterprise. 
  • Geodetic Engineering - Geodetic engineers use technologies to measure or inventory land and water resources.

Water Resources and Environmental

  • Water resources engineering - Water resources engineers deal with the development, control, and management of our water resources, including droughts and floods.
  • Environmental engineering - Environmental engineers work with government, industry and private groups to design andimplement projects to improve the environment and public health.


Civil engineering is a physics-heavy major. Civil engineers plan, design, build, maintain, and address the environmental impacts of constructed facilities and public works essential to American civilization. A typical engineering project is large, one of a kind, and important in the daily lives of many people. It is one of the few areas of engineering in which the engineer deals directly with the public in every phase of a project.

In the 21st Century, the demand for civil engineers will increase significantly caused by the nation's mobilization and productive effort to rebuild the nation's infrastructure - our highways, bridges, tunnels, dams, harbors, airports, waterways, railways, power plants, air quality, drainage systems, waste disposal, and sewage plants.

Once admitted to the major, students have the opportunity to take courses pertaining to the areas of construction engineering, environmental engineering, geodetic engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. In addition, we do offer students an opportunity to participate in an Honors program which would incorporate the completion of undergraduate research.


Environmental engineers work with government, industry and private groups to design and implement projects to improve the environment and public health. Environmental engineers are technical leaders in sustainable development and the design of projects to protect our water, land and air resources, applying their skills to the design of drinking water treatment plants, air pollution control systems, ecological restoration, and brownfield cleanups, to name just a few. Environmental engineers use their knowledge and expertise of chemistry, biology and physics to tackle regional and global issues, such as climate change, ozone depletion and acid rain. Environmental engineers design and build technologies to control pollution, as well as work with industry and government to redesign processes to reduce the generation of pollution and conserve material and energy resources.

The BS, environmental engineering degree at The Ohio State University is the first accredited undergraduate environmental engineering degree in the state of Ohio. Environmental engineering is one of the fastest growing professional fields.The BS Environmental Engineering degree at Ohio State will help train the next generation of environmental engineering professionals for the state of Ohio, and thereby support the state in meeting goals for development in an environmentally responsible manner, and assist Ohio in becoming a leader in the creation and application of new environmental technologies.