About Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees on campuses in Lincoln and Omaha.

Our Vision

The vision of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is to be a collegial and diverse organization, widely recognized as the most respected department in the midwestern United States, for its contributions to improve the infrastructure and economic welfare of Nebraska and the nation through research, education, and service.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a culturally diverse and intellectually stimulating environment for the discovery and application of knowledge in civil and environmental engineering; to educate our students to their fullest potential, and to serve the public through outreach and professional activities. In particular, the mission involves:

  • Providing the nation with a new generation of engineers that can meet the challenges of the 21st century, particularly related to civil infrastructure
  • Serving the state of Nebraska and the nation by providing state-of-the-art expertise in civil engineering
  • Making important contributions in various areas of civil engineering by advancing existing knowledge and developing new technologies
  • Facilitating the enrichment of the academic and professional experience of students, faculty and the engineering community
  • Providing outreach to the public and private sectors

History of the UNL Civil and Environmental Engineering Program

The Civil and Environmental Engineering program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) was originally established as the Department of Civil Engineering in 1877. Although the program was initially modest, with only 20 graduates in the first two decades, the department has grown substantially since the 1920s. During that period, the department was involved in landmark civil engineering projects in Nebraska, including construction of the Nebraska State Capitol, the tri-county irrigation project, and development of a statewide highway system. These are only a few examples of the department’s rich history of providing for the public welfare of Nebraskans.