Civil and Environmental Engineering

What Do Our Students Love About Civil and Environmental?

Watch our video to learn about what civil and environmental engineering looks like at USC. Our students describe what civil engineering and environmental engineering means to them, and how they apply it at USC.

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Faculty and Student Orgs

Listen to our extensive podcasts to hear from our professors on both civil and environmental engineering, and the main student organization for civil engineers, ASCE!

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Meet Dr. Patrick Lynett,

Specialist in the modeling of coastal processes

“The big issues in civil engineering right now really focus on designing infrastructure systems so that they’re both sustainable and resilient”Dr. Lynett

Meet Our Civil and Environmental Students

Bria and Nayely discuss their favorite parts of being CE and ENE students

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Environmental Engineering is interesting because it is a more systems approach to engineering. It takes into account everything from how the natural world works to how humans and society work. It weighs costs and benefits from an economic viewpoint as well as from an environmental viewpoint. It requires knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, probability and statistics, math, and thermodynamics. I like that it forces engineers to look at the entire picture and make solutions that truly have accounted for all possible factors
– Bria, Class of 2018
One cool thing about civil engineering is that you can do a lot of cool research that affects people on a day to day basis, like earthquakes, material strength to build stronger buildings, etc.
– Nayely, Class of 2019

Related Majors

“Industrial Systems Engineering is the perfect major to combine both analytical and engineering skills with business.”

– Ally, Class of 2017
Check out our Industrial and Systems page!

“Chemical engineering is such a fascinating subject for me because it explains many of the everyday interactions around us. How long does it take your pasta pot to heat up? Why is your bike rusting?”

– Sophie, Class of 2018
Check out our Chemical Engineering page!

“Aerospace is so much more than just airplanes. Sure – they’re the first thing people think of, but you could also be working on solutions for the human body, environmental conservation efforts, or animal life. Really, anything that’s moving is fair game.”

– Naish, Class of 2018
Check out our mechanical engineering page!

Related Student Orgs

Design teams are the perfect combination of hands on and theoretical. By combining and applying students skills, design teams allow students to transform their creative ideas into something great for the public.

Design Teams
Entrepreneurial student organizations take the initiative to empowering students to realize their innovative potential. They encourage creative thinking, independence and often organize events to connect students to startup or smaller companies looking for talent.

Professional student organizations provide students to not only network with other engineering students with similar interests but also graduate students, professors and industry representatives. These organizations often inform students the possible opportunities available after graduation through a variety of networking events.

Professional and Academic