Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering students with wrench

Civil engineers design, build, supervise, operate, and maintain construction projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, and much more.

In 2021, Lamar University was ranked the 14th Best Value Environmental Engineering School by Course Advisor, as well as the 3rd Best Value Engineering Bachelor’s Degree School in the Southwest Region. 

Why Choose Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lamar?

  • We offer a comprehensive Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering accredited by ABET. 
  • Our master's degrees in civil and environmental engineering give you the option of pursuing a thesis or completing coursework only.
  • Our unique Master of Science in Environmental Studies caters to non-engineering STEM majors interested in environmental planning, policy and management careers. 
  • Lamar is one of the two schools in Texas to offer a professional Doctor of Engineering Doctorate (D.E.) degree, a Ph.D. equivalent focused on solving complex problems and developing practical solutions for immediate use.
  • Our Southesast Texas location lies at the confluence of piney wood forests and coastal plains with a right blend of both urban and rural land uses. The Sabine and Neches Rivers and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterways are ideal living labs. 
  • We work closely with local industry to help students network and grow professionally. We boast an active American Society of Civil Engineering student chapter and one of the oldest charters of Chi-Epsilon (the National Civil Engineering Honor Society). Students also can join organizations like Engineers Without Borders.

Focus on Marketable Skills

We prepare graduates who are job and career-ready—our curriculum integrates specific technical and professional skills across all degrees. We also offer seminars and workshops on topics like resume critique, interviewing skills and etiquette. Samples of the skills we help you build:


Undergraduate Level

  • Drawing and visualization: AUTOCAD, Fusion 360, Civil3D*, ArcGIS and QGIS*
  • Programming and statistical software: Python, R*, Matlab
  • Civil engineering software: HEC-HMS, FlowMaster, WaterCAD, VISSIM and others
  • Project management software:  Microsoft Project*
  • Instrumentation: State-of-the-are instruments in environmental, hydraulics, materials, geotechnical, surveying and transportation labs
* Via elective courses

Graduate Level*

  • Programming: Python, R, Matlab, Arduino C
  • Databases: Postgres, Sqlite3, SQL and Object Databases
  • Statistical and probabilistic techniques: Multivariate probabilisitic methods using R (Copula, Extremes) 
  • Machine learning: Advanced libraries in Python (Tensorflow, Dask)
  • GIS and visualization: PostGIS, QGIS, ArcGIS , SAGA, GRASS, WhiteBox, GDAL, R, Python, SNAP
  • Project management: Microsoft Project
  • Civil engineering software: HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, VISSIM, Bentley Systems
  • Instrumentation and sensors: LiDAR and modern day sensors and instrumentation at both lab and field scales across all disciplines 
* Specific skills acquired depend upon the graduate level classes the student chooses to take.

Take the First Step

The first step toward your future in civil and environmental engineering begins right now with a connection to Karli Padia, the College of Engineering's director of outreach and student services, who can help you learn more about great college programs, arrange a campus visit, talk to a current student, explore scholarship possibilities and more.

Email or call 409-880-8714.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lamar University
Cherry Building, Room 2618
P.O. Box 10024
Beaumont, Texas 77710

Phone: (409) 880-8759