Civil Engineering

Water Resources

Over two thirds of the surface of the earth is covered with water and even though man typically lives on dry land it’s the availability of potable water that makes the land habitable.  Mankind’s existence depends upon having clean water to drink; and in a modern community, a reliable fresh water supply is essential for sanitation to prevent disease and irrigation to grow crops.  But too much water is as bad as not having enough.  Flooding can be devastating.  Civil engineers design systems to treat and deliver clean water to industry and individual homes, to collect and treat sewage, to irrigate crops and to control storm water.  Since less than 3% of the earth’s water is fresh water, it is a precious resource that civil engineers strive to preserve, protect and use wisely.  The Civil Engineering Program includes Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Applied Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering, and Water and Waste Water Treatment courses where students learn about protecting the environment and sustaining this resource while still providing for societies needs.