Make an impact on people, your community, and the world with your engineering degree.
Majors and programs
Solve real-world problems with a degree in civil, environmental, or geo- engineering. You'll gain engineering skills, knowledge, and experiences to improve life for humans, while protecting the earth and its resources.
Engineering that helps people
"I knew that I wanted to help people, as a lot of engineers do. And it’s just a really great way to apply those skills directly to people’s lives—with clean water, the environment, and sustainability. [...] A lot of the classes that we end up taking are very focused on the real world and real problems that have happened."
—Samantha Volkmeier, Environmental Engineering
The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering (CEGE) is among the College of Science and Engineering’s top awarders of undergraduate scholarships each year.
My two years at the University of Minnesota stretched me incredibly, and I value every aspect of the education I received. I am so fortunate that I landed in this department.Celina Tragesser, Civil Engineering
The first week was scary, but after driving to a job site, introducing myself to strangers, meeting with contractors, and presenting results—sometimes 8 times a day—I became pretty confident.Emily Erhart, Geoengineering, on her internship
I have definitely found classmates here who are just as outgoing and fun to hang out with. I picked geoengineering and I am definitely happy with that decision.Kat Hetico, Geoengineering
“Civil engineers must keep discovering and moving forward. I want to provide effective and creative solutions to our society. We will make a big impact!”Edwin Jarquin Martinez, Civil Engineering
I started taking CEGE classes my first year and got involved in ASCE right away. I became good friends with people in my classes, through groups, and especially [through my study abroad experience] travelling to Tanzania.Keane Nowlan, Civil Engineering
"I saw how my work affected people and was encouraged to do more work in communities where better infrastructure is needed.”Mariah Dooley, Civil Engineering
"I learned to think in a higher-level way.”Noah Germolus, Environmental Engineering