Civil Engineering : Overview

Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Contact Information

Civil Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
212 Ketter Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4300

Phone: 716.645.2114
Fax: 716.645.3733
Web Address:
Andrew S. Whittaker
Dr. M. Sivaselvan
Director of Undergraduate Studies


Civil engineers build societies, from the landmarks that define who we are to the hidden infrastructure essential to our quality of life. Projects such as the Hoover Dam, the Tappen Zee Bridge, Boston's 'Big Dig,' the interstate highway system, and New York City's water supply system illustrate the diversity, scale, grandeur, and functionality that is civil engineering. Because they often work in the public arena, civil engineers require broad technical training as well as strong communication skills, and usually must be licensed as professional engineers.

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. The educational objectives of the civil engineering program are that graduates will:
- Satisfy the requirements of their employers for professional practice in civil engineering
- Continue their professional development in civil engineering, including professional licensure, continuing education, and/or graduate study

Based upon the objectives above, our program presents students with the knowledge and skills of the profession that will be useful as they begin their careers and/or prepare for advanced studies.

Updated: 13 Oct 2015 06:06:03 EDT