The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was officially formed in 1981, though transportation and environmental engineering degree programs had been in place at Cal Poly for some time. Since its inception, the department has continued to grow. Currently there are approximately 750 undergraduate students enrolled in the Civil Engineering Degree Program. Approximately 120 undergraduates are currently enrolled in the Environmental Engineering Degree Program. In addition, the department supports about 25 graduate students who are working toward Master of Science (M.S.) degrees.
Both the Civil and Environmental Engineering Programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The programs stress teamwork, communication, problem solving, and state-of-the-practice analysis and design techniques. Each program is laboratory intensive, with hands-on student learning stressed in support of the University's "learn by doing" motto.
The faculty is comprised of 24 tenured and tenure-track faculty, all with extensive qualifications. These full-time faculty are supported by over 20 full- and part-time lecturers, most of whom practice engineering in the local community.
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