Civil & Environmental Engineering

Solving Critical Environmental Problems

The world needs trained engineers and scientists to help protect the planet and address today's critical environmental issues. In the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, our hands-on approach to learning gives you a strong grounding in the sciences along with extensive laboratory and fieldwork.

Interconnected Spheres

In the Earth and environmental disciplines, scientists observe and investigate Earth system processes, using the scientific method. Engineers design solutions to problems identified after scientific observation and analysis. More often than not, scientists and engineers collaborate closely. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Wilkes University offers several programs that investigate and design solutions to Earth and environmental issues.

Our programs focus on the study of the Earth and its environments, from the core to its upper atmosphere - including all its oceans and land. These studies often include many aspects of how humans and other living things interact with the Earth. There are many tools and practices used by civil engineers, environmental engineers, environmental scientists, and geologists that are intimately linked with biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics as they build and maintain our infrastructures, investigate the past, measure the present and model the future behavior of our planet.

This program gives every student exposure to lab, field and design work, which are all necessary skills for the professional world.

Brian Palmiter Jr. '13 | Environmental Engineering

Wilkes University is unique because it's a small campus but you get a lot of opportunities to do research as an undergrad, which is rare compared to other universities.

Scott Heffelfinger '20 | Environmental Engineering

faculty with expertise in a wide-array of Earth and environmental disciplines


student clubs centered on a variety of Earth and environmental areas


students per class on average

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department to provide the knowledge and skills for environmental engineering graduates that gives them a sound basis for professional practice and for life-long learning. This emphasizes the student’s learning of fundamental principles of environmental engineering, understanding environmental resource problems in their technical, ecological, socio-political, economic and ethical context, and proficiency in the use of engineering methods to analyze and solve challenging engineering problems.

Stark Learning Center on campus