About Civil and Environmental Engineering

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The civil engineering program at UW-Platteville is designed to give students a broad background in all areas of civil engineering, permitting specialization in the senior year. Practical applications are emphasized with sufficient theory so that the individual can grow with the future as new materials, methods, and designs develop.

Students must first complete basic courses in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, and must learn to communicate in written, oral, and graphic forms as well as through the use of computers. Electives in the social sciences and humanities add perspective, allowing students to recognize and understand some of the non-engineering systems and forces at work in the world.


The planning, designing, and construction of facilities that serve people are what civil engineering is all about. These facilities include the highways that connect our nation's cities, airports that serve our travelers, bridges that span our rivers and harbors, dams and levees that control floods and supply water for our cities, and sewage treatment plants that protect our environment. Working with architects and engineers from other disciplines, the civil engineer also participates in the design and construction of buildings.

The civil engineering process begins with the accumulation and analysis of basic data. These data may include the topography and geology for a highway route; the flood history of a river that must be bridged or dammed; general information on population growth or earthquake history; laboratory analysis of construction materials; or pollution surveys of air, land, and water. The collection and analysis of these kinds of data are absolutely essential for any type of planning, whether it is long-range (for future needs) or immediate (as required for a specific project). With these data, civil engineers can apply their knowledge of science and engineering design to meet a project's requirements, assuring its successful completion.


Our goal is to provide students with a professional practice-oriented educational background that will enable them to enter and succeed in their future careers. Specific objectives for attaining this goal are:

  • Successfully apply technical knowledge to solve engineering problems.
  • Effectively and accurately communicate technical information orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated progress towards obtaining professional engineering licensure.

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