Address critical societal needs with a graduate program ranked in the top fifty nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Michigan Tech has a tradition of excellence in civil engineering education, emphasizing a blend of theory, practice, creativity, and hard work. The department offers diverse graduate studies in civil engineering:
Develop a deeper understanding of how human systems impact the natural environment and how to engineer systems to protect human health and ecosystems. Sustainability is integrated throughout the curriculum, and both faculty and students regularly work on interdisciplinary research projects that interface with the multiple institutes across campus. The department offers diverse graduate studies in environmental engineering:
The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Science offers focused study in the application of environmental science to environmental engineering practice. This program is designed as a pathway to a career in environmental engineering science. Students may complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering as part of their MS plan of study.
The Master's International Program is a partnership between Michigan Tech and the Peace Corps, which affords students the opportunity to incorporate Peace Corps service into a Master of Science in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering. Civil and environmental engineering students enrolled in the Peace Corps Master's International Program are well suited to serve as volunteers on projects addressing water supply, sanitation, air quality, and watershed protection.
Civil engineers are the people’s engineers. These professionals are responsible for planning, designing, building, and managing civil structures including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, water supplies, and sewage systems—addressing the modern needs of a growing global population. They engineer sustainable solutions to deteriorating infrastructure, traffic congestion, society’s energy needs, pollution, urban redevelopment, community planning, and risks posed by natural hazards such as floods and earthquakes.
Play a critical role in making the world a better place. Through the environmental engineering program, you will gain the skills necessary for identifying and addressing environmental issues at the local, national, and global levels. Environmental engineers apply their knowledge of chemistry, biology, math, and physics to protect the environment and human health, developing sustainable solutions for an expanding global community. As a practicing engineer, you could treat and properly dispose of wastes, provide access to safe drinking water, maintain or improve air quality, clean up contaminated land or water resources, or help industry minimize pollution.
A minor in municipal engineering prepares students for employment with a city or municipality and especially enhances a degree in civil engineering. Gain a working knowledge of the planning, design, building, and management of a municipality’s vital facilities. Courses in this minor area include transportation engineering, traffic engineering, water and wastewater treatment, water distribution and wastewater-collection-system design, hydraulic structures, and more.
Discover remote sensing—an interdisciplinary field employing advanced technology to remotely collect data and take measurements. Remote sensing techniques are used in field studies when direct sensing is difficult or impossible, on scales ranging from microscopic to satellite to astronomical. Michigan Tech’s Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) fosters interdisciplinary, team-based collaboration in remote sensing; opportunities to research on RSI teams are available to undergraduate students.
Are you passionate about making a difference in a global context? The Certificate in International Sustainable Development Engineering is designed for undergraduate engineering majors who wish to enhance their technical education with the knowledge, skills, and experiences important to working on sustainable solutions in developing communities. The certificate program is 22 credit hours and culminates in a Senior Design experience that requires the student to work on an international engineering project.
The graduate-level Certificate in Sustainability provides an integrated approach to sustainability education, emphasizing breadth in three key areas: the engineering and technology of industrial ecology; the science of environmental assessment and modeling; and the economic, human-behavior, and policy-making aspects of the social sciences.
The Certificate in Sustainable Water Resources Systems provides interdisciplinary breadth in water-resources management, focusing on policy, the natural sciences, and the applied sciences. This certificate complements a wide range of disciplines, including natural-resource management, business and policy, environmental and civil engineering, geology and geological engineering, and environmental policy.
In Senior Design or Enterprise, you’ll work with other Michigan Tech students from multiple disciplines to find solutions for some of the most intriguing problems in business and industry. You could work directly with organizations like 3M, Ford, IBM Corporation, Kimberly-Clark, the National Science Foundation, and others. In the end, you will have gained on-the-job skills, hands-on experience with world-class equipment and technology, and meaningful connections with industry leaders.
You will gain the skills necessary to conceive, specify, develop, test, implement, and market engineered solutions. You will connect theory and application while working on open-ended, industrial projects.
Working as a member of a team, you will have the kind of real-world design experience that can launch you into a successful engineering career.