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Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Ohio State University offers prospective students an exciting academic program enhanced by experiences in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Our department 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. Our faculty are internationally recognized as leaders in each of the professions of civil engineering and environmental engineering.


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


  • 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 and implement projects to improve the environment and public health.


Environmental engineers work with government, industry and communities to design and implement projects to improve the environment and public health. Environmental engineers rely on chemistry, physics and biology knowledge to design and build technologies to provide safe drinking water and control pollution. They may work with industry or communities to redesign processes to reduce generation of pollution and conserve material and energy resources. Additionally, they may use their knowledge to tackle regional and global issues such as climate change and air pollution.