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A global discipline solving global issues

Whether focusing on environment or infrastructure issues, the work of civil and environmental engineers affect the health and economic vitality of people and communities worldwide. Explore areas where you can make a difference in the world with a degree from our department.

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Wadsworth Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and environmental engineers oversee the design and construction of facilities such as local infrastructure while taking the environmental impacts into consideration. The work of our engineers affect the health and economic vitality of people and communities.


Future engineers need to be prepared to address major global and national issues such as the energy-water-food nexus, climate change issues and infrastructure challenges. To be a part of solving these global and national challenges, the civil and environmental engineering discipline will provide the foundation of expert knowledge in these fields and lay the pathway to a rewarding career. At WVU, we have two research focus areas: Sustainable, Secure and Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environment, Energy, Water and Human Health. At Statler College, you will have the opportunity to participate in courses in these emerging areas and engage with our faculty who are leading these efforts and creating better futures for us all.

Our Mission

The mission of the WVU Civil and Environmental Engineering program is to prepare our students for successful professional careers by providing high-quality education through the scholarship of teaching, research and service.

Employment outlook

Civil and environmental engineering graduates are provided with a wide variety of career opportunities in the industry, government, consulting, management, academic positions, research, marketing and sales.

Our graduates are employed by government agencies, private companies as well as national universities and companies outside of the U.S.

Did You Know?


The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department hosts 20-25 visiting professional speakers per year.

Students can earn a dual degree in Civil (BSCE) and Mining (MineE) engineering at the same time.


Our department offers 10+ undergraduate research opportunities every year.

Lian-Shin Lin working in his lab.

Under the guidance of CEE professor Lian-Shin Lin, Engineers without Borders traveled abroad to Uganda, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Nicaragua to bring clean water to local communities.

Our students have two competition teams to participate in: Steel Bridge Team and Concrete Canoe Team.


Maurice “Moe” Wadsworth, a Clarksburg native who earned a degree in civil engineering from WVU in 1951, is one of West Virginia University’s most loyal and esteemed alumni. His dedicated leadership of Gannett Fleming, Inc., in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, helped build the company into one of the leading planning, design, and construction management firms in the nation. JoAnn, a 1951 psychology graduate from Hagerstown, Maryland, met Moe at WVU and both have been philanthropic supporters since 1976.  
Learn more about Maurice and JoAnn Wadsworth

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