Why choose CEE at UMD?


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Civil & Environmental Engineers design, build, maintain, and operate the basic framework of society. Our work protects people and communities from hazards and protects the environment from harmful effects of human activities.

  • We make the world a nice place to live!
  • We help ensure equitable access/outcomes.
  • We maintain infrastructurethe underlying, basic framework of society, including the system of public works of countries, states, or regions. 
  • We enhance public health and safety.
  • We protect our environment.
  • We increase productivity.
  • We promotes economic development and create jobs.
  • You will learn how to plan, design, operate, and maintain crucial societal infrastructure.
  • You'll learn how to apply your math and science knowledge to imagine, design, and build big things: structures and systems that meet basic human needs; protect health, safety, and welfare; and conserve and protect natural resources.
  • You'll learn important aspects of a people-serving profession:
  • You'll learn to communicate your ideas in speaking, writing, graphics, and maps; to work well with people, and to work well with computers.
  • You'll strengthen your creativity, initiative, and leadership skills.

UMD civil and environmental engineering graduates have gone on to careers with leading private companies and agencies in the public sector. See who's hiring our students!

Chemical engineering
Emergency medicine (Cinzia)
Environmental and agricultural science
Material scientists and engineers
Orthopedic surgeons? (Birthe)
Political Science
Public Health
Sociology and Anthropology

Read our student stories and learn about the CEE experience first-hand.

Get hands-on engineering experience immediately

All first year Clark School students participate in Keystone classes to begin their engineering experience. Class activities include building your own hovercraft and testing it on a 60-foot course. Working in teams to complete a hands-on engineering project in year one builds fundamental skills and knowledge you'll use throughout your engineering journey. 

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Conduct research

From creating new systems that turn wastewater treatment plants into power generators to designing more effective earthquake protection technologies, our undergraduate students have a chance to get involved in solving the pressing issues of tomorrow. 

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Tap into state-of-the art facilities

CEE students work with top-of-the line test equipment in open design that groups structures, materials, soils, asphalt, and sample preparation areas into "dirty" and "clean" labs thanks to the new Whiting-Turner Infrastructure Engineering Laboratories. 

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Participate in highly-engaged student organizations

A broad range of student competition teams as well as research and volunteer organizations empower CEE undergraduates to apply classroom knowledge and hone the skills needed to be successfull in the years after graduation. 

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Study abroad

CEE encourages students to study abroad and offers programs designed specifically for CEE students that focus on sustainability and smart cities, civil instrastructure, and urban design. 

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Be close to employment opportunities

The University of Maryland's promixity to Washington, D.C. offers students unique professional opportunities with leading engineering consultancies, construction companies, design firms, water and wastewater treatment plants, and research labs as well as state and federal agencies. Department-supported activities, including the Suit Up and Be Civil networking event and the Chi Epsilon Career Fair, enable students to meet industry leaders and hiring managers. 

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