Prospective Students

About the Department and Majors

The UW-Platteville Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers two bachelor of science degrees: civil engineering and environmental engineering. The civil engineering degree requirements include completion of one emphasis area: construction, environmental, municipal, structural, geotechnical or transportation. The environmental engineering degree requirements provide a background in all of the major areas of environmental engineering.

The UW-Platteville Civil Engineering Program gives students a broad background in all areas of civil engineering, while 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. The program has outstanding laboratory and computer facilities where all students gain valuable hands-on practical experience. The use of computers and state-of-the-art practice equipment are integrated throughout the curriculum from freshman through senior year to collect information, analyze data, and develop plans for projects.

Civil engineers plan, design, and supervise construction of facilities that serve people. These facilities include highways that connect our nation's cities, airports that serve travelers, bridges that span our rivers and harbors, dams and levees that control floods and supply water for cities, and wastewater treatment plants that protect the environment. Civil engineers also work with architects to design and supervise construction of buildings.

The civil engineering design process begins with the accumulation and analysis of basic information about a project. This information may include the topography and geology for a highway; flood history of a river that must be bridged or dammed; population growth projections and water usage; laboratory analysis of construction materials; or pollution surveys of air, land and water. Using this information, civil engineers apply their knowledge of science and engineering design to meet a project's requirements, assuring its successful completion.


The vision of the UW-Platteville Civil Engineering Program is to provide the education and training to create citizen engineers who will be leaders in the civil and environmental engineering profession and in their communities.

Citizen engineers are:

  • Able to address technical and non-technical issues
  • Attuned to the needs of their community and nation
  • Able and willing to engage in public policy
  • Appreciative of sustainability
  • Ethical
  • Innovative, but aware of risk
  • Lifelong learners

Program Objectives

In order to achieve the vision of the UW-Platteville Civil Engineering Program, graduates of the program will:

  • Effectively and accurately communicate with technical and non-technical audiences
  • Successfully apply technical knowledge to solve engineering problems to satisfy client, industry and governmental requirements
  • Have the ability to evaluate projects from a holistic perspective including some or all of the following: sustainability, environmental impacts, ethics, aesthetics, politics, historical perspectives, social impacts, technical needs and costs
  • Make significant and innovative contributions in their professional endeavors
  • Become registered professional engineers

The realization of these objectives is expected to occur within five years of graduation. In order to ensure that graduates are adequately prepared to meet these objectives, the civil and environmental engineering department program outcomes define the competencies that students are expected to demonstrate at graduation.

Program Outcomes

The following program outcomes are designed to produce graduates who will meet the program objectives:

  • Our graduates are technically skilled in math and science. They skillfully apply math (calculus and differential equations) and science (calculus-based physics, chemistry and one additional area of science) to solve engineering problems.
  • Our graduates are technically skilled in civil and environmental engineering. They can solve civil and environmental engineering problems in four or more emphasis areas. Such engineering problems involve design, experimentation and data analysis. To solve the problems, graduates use the techniques, skills and tools of modern engineering practice.
  • Our graduates are innovative. They are able to design civil and environmental engineering experiments. To continue to be innovative, they must be able to learn and apply new information.
  • Our graduates conduct themselves in a manner becoming of a professional engineer. They are able to determine a professional and ethical course of action, and can function effectively on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Our graduates are skillful communicators. They effectively express their ideas to a variety of audiences orally and in writing.
  • Our graduates are broadly educated. They are aware of contemporary issues and are ready to practice engineering with an awareness of global and societal contexts. Furthermore, they are able to explain how basic concepts in management, business, public policy and leadership affect their engineering solutions.

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