Engineering for the new millennium                

"I cordially invite you to join our Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at SDSU. Why? There are several important reasons, outlined below, why those fields of study are attractive, and why our SDSU programs represent an excellent choice for your future."

    Dr. Janusz Supernak
    Professor and Interim Chair

Why should you consider Civil, Construction or Environmental Engineering as your fields of study? What is so special about these professions?

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering is unique for several reasons. All three degrees programs represent "people-serving" professions. Without them there would not be such magnificent projects as the Great Wall of China, Roman aqueducts, Hoover Dam, Sears Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and our national interstate highway system. Without them, we would not have drinking water or common sanitary amenities we use every day. Without them, our standard of living would would be drastically lower. All three are stable professions that command a good salary. All three have excellent long term prospects for employment. All three will give you a noble, satisfying, long-term career.

Why SDSU? The ten top reasons are listed below:


1.  Excellent faculty

  • Dedicated professors with excellent expertise
  • Combination of teaching and research
  • Faculty advisors/mentors for each student

2.  Diverse programs

Three degree programs:

Civil Engineering

Construction Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Six fields of study in Civil Engineering:

  1. Construction

  2. Environmental

  3. Geotechnical

  4. Structural

  5. Transportation

  6. Water Resources

3.  Modern facilities

  • State-of-the-art laboratories
  • Excellent opportunities for hands-on experience
  • Easy access to modern computers
  • "Smart" classrooms for enhanced instruction

4.  Newest learning tools

  • Two modern Computer Applications entry courses 
  • Emphasis on computer aided design (CAD)
  • Emphasis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

5.  Great learning through research

  • Sponsored research (Over $1 million per year)
  • Prestigious sponsors (NSF, federal agencies)
  • Many students employed on cutting-edge projects
  • Projects complement class instruction
  • Students co-author research papers
  • Valuable experience for graduate studies

6.  Leadership skills through student organizations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Black Engineers
  • Engineers Without Borders

7.  Involvement in student projects

  • Excellent society-oriented projects
  • Excellent teamwork on several successful projects
  • Hands-on experience to complement classroom instruction

8.  Environment that enhances learning

  • Residence hall reserved for engineering students
  • Excellent amenities
  • Computer/Internet access
  • Tutoring opportunities
  • Great camaraderie

9.  Close links with industry

  • Prominent Industrial Advisory Board
  • Student interaction with San Diego professional societies
  • Professional engineers for seminars
  • Internships available for all students who need them
  • Many industrial scholarships

10. International interactions

  • Exchange opportunities to study abroad
  • Established Summer Session in Krakow, Poland
  • Established Summer Session in Panama
  • Daily interaction with international students
  • Multicultural environment