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Civil engineers are entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life. Civil engineers engage in a wide range of activities such as research, design, development, management, and the control of engineering systems and their components. With today’s fast-paced technological changes, civil engineering provides unique and unlimited career opportunities in areas such as bridges, harbors, airports, highways, railroads and more.

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

Degree Programs

Marketable Skills

Undergraduate level:
3-D Printing
Fusion 360 (3D CAD, CAE, CAM)
FlowMaster (Hydraulic Modeling)
LEED  (Sustainablilty)*
MATLAB (Modeling and Calculation)
MICROSOFT PROJECT (Project Management)*
USACE Engineering with Nature (Sustainability)*
VISSIM (Traffic Simulation)
WaterCAD (Hydraulic Modeling)
Via elective courses


Graduate level:
ArcGIS (GIS Modeling & Map-making)
HEC-HEM (Waterflow Simulation)
HEC-RAS (Hydraulic Modeling)
PostgreSQL (Database)
USACE Engineering with Nature

Department News

Dr. Qin Qian, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Lamar University and Dr. Helen Lou, Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, have been awarded the Texas Sea Grant in a total of $499,492 from the U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP).

Melissa Tan, a CEE junior student, and her mentor, Dr. Thinesh Selvaratnam, was invited to present her paper in the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Sysmposim (GCURS) at Rice University in October 2022. 

A team of researchers, led by Dr. Liv Haselbach, will be awarded $5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, to bolster the team’s research on resiliency in Southeast Texas and the Greater Beaumont area.

The college congratulates Dr. Qian Qin on her recent funding ($449k) from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to build green infrastructure systems. Read more at this link (3/4/2022).

Lamar Engineering ranks #3 in 2021 for return on investment as ranked by  LU is consistently ranked high in this survey due to low cost and high career achievement of our graduates (10/5/2021).  

Dr. Liv Haselbach, the chair of The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering led to set up a new research center, Center for Resiliency in September 2021 for the university. (9/20/2021)

A new Certificate in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering is now offered by the department. (9/20/2021)

LU's Civil Engineering teams with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to teach “Engineering with Nature”.

Lower Neches Valley Authority awarded $100,000 for the initiation of the Southeast Texas Flood Coordination Study.

Dr. Qin Qian was awarded funding for two projects studying flooding patterns in Southeast Texas.

LU's Civil Engineering bachelor's degree program was recently reaccredited by ABET. 

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