Civil and Environmental Engineering

A 75-foot tall metal sculpture of a flower, standing in the middle of a park.

Floralis Genérica, a 75-foot tall solar sculpture in Buenos Aires' Plaza de las Naciones Unidas. The petals open each morning, turn to follow the sun, and close each evening, in an act of engineering and nature imitating each other. (Photo courtesy of Stuck in Customs on Flickr.)


Featured Courses

The mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is to provide human services in a sustainable way, balancing society’s need for long-term infrastructure with environmental health. This positions CEE to play an essential role in solving some of the most pressing problems facing humanity, including concerns about energy and the environment.

Research domains

Research in CEE falls into six overlapping, cross-disciplinary focus areas:

  • Smarter Cities
  • Ecosystems
  • Coastal Zone
  • Water and Energy Resources
  • Chemicals in the Environment
  • Materials

Undergraduate Education

We offer two accredited majors, in civil engineering (1C) and in environmental engineering science (1E), as well as a flexible unaccredited program (1A). The core curriculum introduces principles of earth systems and sustainability, provides a grounding in the fundamentals of solid and fluid mechanics, and incorporates project-based labs that teach the processes and skills involved in planning, design and construction. The curriculum provides students with both a rigorous foundation in theory and the practical, hands-on experience they need to succeed in the field.

Graduate Education

At the graduate level, CEE runs two very successful professional engineering programs, the Master of Engineering and the interdepartmental Master of Science in Transportation. Both attract excellent applicants from leading U.S. and international universities. These programs provide a critical link between the department and companies and governmental agencies concerned with the environment, transportation and infrastructure. About one-third of our doctoral graduates go on to accept faculty positions, making our training of doctoral candidates in a wide range of research areas a point of pride. Our scholars regularly produce high-quality, impactful research and go on to shape the intellectual future of the field.


Civil and Environmental Engineering Courses

Course # Course Title Level
1.00 Introduction to Computers and Engineering Problem Solving (Spring 2012) Undergraduate
1.010 Uncertainty in Engineering Undergraduate
1.010 Computing and Data Analysis for Environmental Applications (Fall 2003) Undergraduate
1.011 Project Evaluation Undergraduate
1.012 Introduction to Civil Engineering Design Undergraduate
1.015J Design of Electromechanical Robotic Systems Undergraduate
1.017 Computing and Data Analysis for Environmental Applications (Fall 2003) Undergraduate
1.018J Ecology I: The Earth System Undergraduate
1.020 Ecology II: Engineering for Sustainability Undergraduate
1.021J Introduction to Modeling and Simulation Undergraduate
1.032 Advanced Soil Mechanics (Fall 2004) Undergraduate
1.033 Mechanics of Material Systems: An Energy Approach (Fall 2003) Undergraduate
1.040 Project Management (Spring 2009) Undergraduate
1.040 Project Management (Spring 2004) Undergraduate
1.041J Frameworks and Models in Engineering Systems / Engineering System Design Undergraduate
1.044J Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings Undergraduate
1.050 Engineering Mechanics I Undergraduate
1.050 Solid Mechanics Undergraduate
1.051 Structural Engineering Design Undergraduate
1.053J Engineering Dynamics Undergraduate
1.053J Dynamics and Control I (Spring 2007) Undergraduate
1.053J Dynamics and Control I (Fall 2007) Undergraduate
1.053J Dynamics and Vibration (13.013J) Undergraduate
1.054 Mechanics and Design of Concrete Structures (Spring 2004) Undergraduate
1.060 Engineering Mechanics II Undergraduate
1.061 Transport Processes in the Environment (Fall 2008) Undergraduate
1.081J Chemicals in the Environment: Toxicology and Public Health (BE.104J) Undergraduate
1.084J Systems Microbiology Undergraduate
1.101 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design I (Fall 2006) Undergraduate
1.101 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design I (Fall 2005) Undergraduate
1.103 Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory Undergraduate
1.105 Solid Mechanics Laboratory Undergraduate
1.361 Advanced Soil Mechanics (Fall 2004) Undergraduate
1.366 Advanced Soil Mechanics (Fall 2004) Undergraduate
1.57 Mechanics of Material Systems: An Energy Approach (Fall 2003) Undergraduate
1.001 Introduction to Computers and Engineering Problem Solving (Spring 2012) Graduate
1.002 Introduction to Computers and Engineering Problem Solving (Spring 2012) Graduate
1.124J Foundations of Software Engineering Graduate
1.126J Pattern Recognition and Analysis Graduate
1.128J Computational Geometry Graduate
1.130 Wavelets, Filter Banks and Applications Graduate
1.133 Masters of Engineering Concepts of Engineering Practice Graduate
1.138J Wave Propagation Graduate
1.142J Systems Optimization: Models and Computation (SMA 5223) Graduate
1.145J Engineering Economy Module Graduate
1.146 Engineering Systems Analysis for Design Graduate
1.151 Probability and Statistics in Engineering Graduate
1.155 Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis Graduate
1.201J Transportation Systems Analysis: Demand and Economics Graduate
1.201J Introduction to Transportation Systems Graduate
1.203J Logistical and Transportation Planning Methods (Fall 2006) Graduate
1.203J Logistical and Transportation Planning Methods (Fall 2004) Graduate
1.204 Computer Algorithms in Systems Engineering Graduate
1.206J Airline Schedule Planning Graduate
1.212J An Introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems Graduate
1.221J Transportation Systems Graduate
1.223J Transportation Policy, Strategy, and Management Graduate
1.224J Carrier Systems Graduate
1.225J Transportation Flow Systems Graduate
1.234J Airline Management Graduate
1.252J Urban Transportation Planning (Fall 2006) Graduate
1.252J Urban Transportation Planning (Fall 2002) Graduate
1.253J Transportation Policy and Environmental Limits Graduate
1.258J Public Transportation Systems Graduate
1.259J Transit Management Graduate
1.260J Logistics Systems Graduate
1.264J Database, Internet, and Systems Integration Technologies Graduate
1.270J Logistics and Supply Chain Management Graduate
1.273J Supply Chain Planning Graduate
1.274J Manufacturing System and Supply Chain Design Graduate
1.284J Analyzing and Accounting for Regional Economic Growth Graduate
1.322 Soil Behavior Graduate
1.34 Waste Containment and Remediation Technology Graduate
1.364 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Graduate
1.401J Project Management (Spring 2009) Graduate
1.401J Project Management (Spring 2004) Graduate
1.46 Strategic Management in the Design and Construction Value Chain Graduate
1.463J The Impact of Globalization on the Built Environment Graduate
1.464 E-Commerce and the Internet in Real Estate and Construction Graduate
1.541 Mechanics and Design of Concrete Structures (Spring 2004) Graduate
1.561 Motion Based Design Graduate
1.56J Structural Mechanics in Nuclear Power Technology Graduate
1.571 Structural Analysis and Control Graduate
1.573J Structural Mechanics (13.10J) Graduate
1.61 Transport Processes in the Environment (Fall 2008) Graduate
1.63 Advanced Fluid Dynamics of the Environment Graduate
1.685J Nonlinear Dynamics and Waves Graduate
1.72 Groundwater Hydrology Graduate
1.725J Chemicals in the Environment: Fate and Transport Graduate
1.731 Water Resource Systems Graduate
1.76 Aquatic Chemistry Graduate
1.77 Water Quality Control Graduate
1.782 Environmental Engineering Masters of Engineering Project (Fall 2007) Graduate
1.782 Environmental Engineering Masters of Engineering Project (Fall 2003) Graduate
1.814J Systems Perspectives on Industrial Ecology Graduate
1.817J Planning for Sustainable Development Graduate
1.818J Introduction to Sustainable Energy Graduate
1.825J Regional Socioeconomic Impact Analyses and Modeling (Fall 2008) Graduate
1.825J Regional Socioeconomic Impact Analyses and Modeling (Fall 2007) Graduate
1.85 Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering Graduate
1.851J Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Developing Countries Graduate
1.89 Environmental Microbiology Graduate
1.95J Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering Graduate
1.963 A Sustainable Transportation Plan for MIT Graduate
1.963 Environmental Engineering Applications of Geographic Information Systems Graduate
1.964 Design for Sustainability Graduate
1.978 From Nano to Macro: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling Techniques Graduate