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Civil Engineering and Environmental Science

Civil engineers are responsible for the design and construction of society’s infrastructure, such as buildings, highways, bridges, mass transit systems, dams and locks, and municipal water and sewage treatment systems. Civil engineering is frequently referred to as the “the people-serving profession.”

Using the principles of physics, biology and chemistry, environmental engineers develop methods to meet such environmental challenges as water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, hydrology, river management and control, and public health issues.

Architectural engineers design buildings and other structures and understand the design of a building involves more than its appearance. Buildings also must be functional, safe and economical and meet the needs of the people who use them.

Environmental scientists have a variety of job responsibilities, including collecting and analyzing air, water and soil samples, monitoring compliance with environmental laws and regulations, assisting industrial companies in complying with environmental regulations, and addressing public meetings on local environmental challenges.

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Director's Welcome

Welcome to the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma. As you peruse this website, it will become readily apparent that CEES is one of the most productive and progressive academic units at the state's flagship university.

CEES sets the standards within the Gallogly College of Engineering by which all other schools are measured in terms of educational innovations, research productivity and technology transfer activities. As you explore the links to our faculty web sites, research centers and innovative educational programs you will see that CEES offers truly exciting educational opportunities in architectural engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering and environmental science. More importantly, I invite you to carefully consider the four main reasons students choose to pursue their education in CEES.

Civil Engineering Online

Civil Engineering Online

The OU Gallogly College of Engineering
is now offering an online M.S.
in Civil Engineering, accessible from
anywhere in the world.  Learn more.

Fears Lab Expansion

Civil Engineering Online

Help us expand our research impact!

Contribute to the ongoing success of our students and faculty. View additional information about the expansion plan (PDF).

Click the button below to make your donation or pledge online or mail your check payable to the OU Foundation (include Fears Lab on memo line) to PO Box 258856, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-8856.  

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An Overview of the Remediation of the Tar Creek Superfund Site

In an overview film produced by Filoteo Gómez Martínez, Dr. Robert Nairn explains the importance of cooperation and collaboration in the Tar Creek Superfund Site - a living laboratory for him and his students since the late 90s.

Cerato Discusses the Importance of Geotechnical Engineering

Rapp Foundation Presidential Professor and 2009 Presidential Early Career Award recipient, Dr. Amy Cerato predicts expansive soil behavior using microscale properties and foundation design for alternative energy.  


Laura Brunson Explains the Water Crisis at TEDxOU

Laura Brunson, Ph.D., Environmental Science 2014, presented her research on ways to improve access to safe drinking water.   

Cerato Leads Seismic Test on Largest Outdoor Shake Table in the World

Dr. Amy Cerato P.E. leads the seismic test of helical piles on the largest outdoor shake table in the world, located at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

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