The Department of Civil Engineering provides an undergraduate program leading to the award of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and instruction and research leading to the Master of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering. The undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The Department offers contemporary educational programs and a faculty poised to deliver a quality engineering education.It is one of six departments in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences of Howard University.

Howard University is located in a very vibrant and diversified metropolitan area that takes pride in global cultures that make Washington, DC a truly international city. The region offers opportunities of employment in all levels of government and a dynamic private sector with diverse consulting firms. The City and University are on oasis of culture and history and a wonderful environment for undergraduate and graduate education.

The Department offers specialization in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering.

Environmental Engineering is concerned with the engineering control and protection of the environment. It involves the engineering design and operation of systems for water quality management, water supply, wastewater treatment, and hazardous waste management and treatment.

Geotechnical Engineering encompasses the areas of soil mechanics and foundation engineering. It is concerned with design and construction of structures built on or below the ground surface and the physical characteristics of soil and rocks or composite material. Geotechnical engineering includes the design of foundations of bridges and buildings, design of tunnels and dams, and the geological factors affecting all structures.

Structural Engineering includes the design of all types of structures including buildings, dams, bridges and tunnels and the monitoring of their construction. A primary concern of structural engineers is predicting the loads that a structure will have to resist during its life and ensuring that it will be both safe and useful.

Transportation Engineering deals with the planning, design, construction and operation of highways, railways, air transportation systems, and their terminals.  Transportation engineers are involved in the total transportation system, including the planning, design, implementation, administration, management, and performance evaluation. Highway engineering and traffic engineering are subfields of transportation engineering that involve highway design, traffic operations, and highway safety.

Water Resources Engineering involves flood control, harbor and river development and water quantity management. It also includes hydrology, which encompasses the occurrence, distribution, movement and properties of the waters of the Earth and their environmental relationships.

nvironmental Engineering 

Geotechnical Engineering 

Structural Engineering 

Water Resources Engineering 

Transportation Engineering 

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