Department Profile

Our Students

  • About 25% of civil and environmental engineering freshmen are in the UD Honors Program.
  • Our department attracts high-quality students, whose average SAT score is over 1245.
  • About 25% of civil engineering majors and 50% of environmental engineering majors are women.
  • There are over 100 graduate students in the department; about half are working on master’s degrees and the other half on doctoral degrees.
  • There are about 500 undergraduates pursuing degrees in civil and environmental engineering.


  • Most of our undergraduates participate in either our internship program or our undergraduate research program.
  • More than 40% of UD students participate in Study Abroad programs.
  • Starting salaries for civil and environmental engineering graduates with bachelor’s degrees range from $45,000–$59,000/year.
  • Of the companies participating in UD’s tech fair during National Engineers Week, some 75% are looking for civil and environmental engineers.


  • The Environmental Testing Lab at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering performs a wide range of analysis of various types of samples, including but not limited to water, wastewater, soils, and gases. We provide testing services and educational support to the UD community, commercial enterprises and others engaged in water, soil, and air quality management.
    • The services are free for the University of Delaware community, provided the users cover consumables and repair costs, and fee-based for the general public.  UD users are responsible for equipment calibration and standard preparation.
    • All users must strictly adhere to the University of Delaware safety policies and wear appropriate attire while operating instruments in our lab. Please consult UDEHS website for laboratory dress code and safety requirements
    • All UD users must have up to date EHS training records. The two required safety trainings are Advanced Chemical Hygiene and Right-to-Know, and Chemical waste disposal. They are available online at UDEHS website. These are minimum safety trainings that are required to obtain access to our facilities. Based on the type of research you may be required to take additional training.
    • For fees for general public and commercial entities please contact us.

Degrees Offered

We offer Bachelors degrees and minors in civil and environmental engineering, construction engineering and management, and a Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Applied Sciences, and Ph.D. degrees.


The civil and environmental engineering undergraduate programs at the University of Delaware are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, a federation of 30 professional engineering and technical societies. Since 1932, ABET has provided quality assurance of education through accreditation. ABET accredits more than 3100 engineering, engineering technology, computing, and applied science programs at over 600 colleges and universities worldwide. ABET is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. The organization accredits programs, not institutions.