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Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering

About the Department


The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE) prepares students to address one of the most demanding problems that faces human kind: the requirement to balance environmental health with growing societal needs for natural resources, sustainable infrastructure and services. This requires the skillful conception, planning, design, construction and operation of facilities that are integral to modern life, ranging from smart urban services to intelligent infrastructure to earth observing systems.

World population growth and increased environmental concerns have spurred the need for civil, environmental and geodetic engineers. CEGE addresses these societal issues by preparing graduates to contribute to the improvement of infrastructure management and the protection of the environment.

Civil, environmental and geodetic engineering at The Ohio State University is an exciting and engaging academic program, led by faculty who are leaders in academic and professional circles, and enhanced by experiences in sophisticated laboratory facilities. CEGE offers students a challenging curriculum designed to provide them with the resources that are vital to their future success as Buckeye engineers.


In the 21st Century, the demand for civil, environmental and geodetic engineers is increasing significantly, due in part to efforts to rebuild, improve and make our country’s infrastructure more resilient, sustainable and secure. CEGE graduates will lead the productive effort to rebuild the nation's infrastructure - our highways, bridges, tunnels, dams, harbors, airports, waterways, railways, power plants, air quality, drainage systems, waste disposal facilities and sewage plants.

Our graduates work in various government agencies, the aerospace industry, consulting, engineering marketing or sales, and in other diverse engineering settings. Salaries are competitive with all other engineering fields. Job growth in civil, environmental and geodetic engineering is expected to be strong over the next decade, especially with the current national interest in infrastructure and the environment.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering

Minor in Surveying and Mapping
Minor in Environmental Engineering


Current research areas include:

  • structural vibration problems
  • development and behavior of concrete structures and structural composites
  • interactions between energy and environmental systems and policy
  • artificial intelligence and knowledge-based expert systems
  • dynamics of flow and sediment transport in coastal engineering
  • mathematical modeling and rheological characterization of material behavior
  • field performance of earth and rock structures; construction safety and reliability
  • probabilistic modeling of transportation systems; transportation infrastructure modeling
  • transportation planning and forecasting; intelligent transportation systems
  • positioning, navigation and timing (PNT)
  • water and hazardous waste treatment; advanced oxidation processes
  • photochemistry
  • membrane processes
  • water chemistry
  • contaminant fate and transport
  • colloid transport
  • waste re-use
  • industrial ecology
  • ecohydrological processes that govern the exchange of greenhouse gasses between ecosystems and the atmosphere
  • improving the sustainability and durability of concrete infrastructure
  • processes affecting indoor airborne pollutant dynamics and strategies used to control these pollutants
  • creating multifunctional infrastructure materials with ability of self-sensing, self-adapting and self-repair.
  • soil related failure mechanisms during extreme events such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados and tsunamis