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Civil Engineering Department

Civil engineers design bridges, roads, and airports. They are concerned about environmental issues such as water, sustainable development, and landfill management. They design buildings to withstand natural disasters, and they are architects and construction managers.

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish.

Architectural engineers can be responsible for the individual design of each of a building’s systems, for the coordinated design of all these systems, and for the construction of the entire building with the goal of a safe, economical, and sustainable building system that satisfies use requirements and provides a secure and comfortable environment for its occupants.

Our department offers focus areas in architectural engineering, construction management, geotechnical engineering, structures, transportation, and water resources. It is one of the most productive and progressive academic units in the College of Engineering and is first in the College with respect to research expenditures per faculty. Our research facilities and centers are exemplary, and the faculty, staff, and students have elevated the department to a new level of excellence in research and teaching that directly addresses local and national engineering needs by providing innovative solutions to the most challenging problems facing our nation's infrastructure.

Our graduates have moved on to faculty posts at major universities and work at many companies in the region, including Freese and Nichols, Jacobs Engineering, HP Civil Engineering, BNSF Railway, Dunaway Associates, the Texas Department of Transportation, and Teague, Nall & Perkins.

Research and Education Areas

Construction Engineering and Management

Environmental Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Infrastructure System Engineering and Management

Structural Engineering and Mechanics

Transportation Engineering

Water Resources Engineering

Salary Information

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

Architectural Engineers*

Low: $57,000

Median: NA

High: $119,000

Projected growth through 2026: 6%

Civil Engineers

Low: $54,780

Median: $86,640

High: $142,560

Projected growth through 2026: 11%

Construction Managers

Low: $55,240

Median: $93,370

High: $161,510

Projected growth through 2026: 11%


* – Architectural engineering salary statistics from the Houston Chronicle (