This is part 3 of 3 of “An Overview of the Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering Programs at MSOE”. Read part 1. Read part 2.

The MSOE civil engineering structural specialty will teach you the principles of mechanics and structural analysis such that you can apply those principles to the design of such large infrastructure projects as bridges, dams, highway overpasses, levies, retaining walls, etc. These are the same structural principles that are taught in the AE program, but instead of being applied to buildings, they are applied to the design of infrastructure projects.

The MSOE civil engineering environmental specialty will teach you how to use the principles of biology, chemistry and the basic engineering sciences of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and structural mechanics to design systems to treat polluted water and air and to manage hazardous wastes that derive from industrial and municipal activities. It also teaches you about the environmental regulations that businesses and municipalities must comply with in order to meet EPA and OSHA regulations. You will learn to design municipal wastewater treatment plants as well.
The MSOE civil engineering water resources specialty will teach you about managing and conserving clean water– managing storm water run-offs that occur because of construction activities, construction of municipal water systems and transport systems for conveying water from reservoirs to the end user, and for conveying water from sewers to the municipal water treatment plant for treatment. It looks at the status of aquifers and studies the water cycle and hydrology in an effort to conserve clean water resources. .
Our civil program (all specialties) also stress the need to be aware of public policy; the economics of infrastructure design and maintenance; and the law. These areas, although not directly engineering related, are ones that the civil engineer must be aware of as he or she goes about their systems analysis and design activities .  Our Civil engineering program was designed to be in full compliance with the American Society of Civil Engineering’s (ASCE’s) Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century, a white paper published by ASCE to describe how civil engineering education must adapt to meet the future needs of the society it serves.

I hope this general overview is helpful. If you have additional questions after reading this, contact me on Bridge.

Deborah Jackman, Ph.D. , P.E., LEED AP
Chair and Professor
Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department