Message From the Chair

What can you do with a degree in...

Civil Engineering?

As a civil engineer, you will design buildings and bridges, work in the aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, and multiple other industries requiring constructed facilities. Civil engineers are problem solvers, who working in teams, apply scientific knowledge to design, improve and manage the construction of infrastructure facilities and utilities.

Some civil engineers pursue careers in the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure facilities, while others hold supervisory or administrative positions within these industries. Others still, engage in research and teaching at institutions of higher education. Civil engineers at Wilkes University may choose to specialize in environmental, geotechnical, structural, or water resource and hydraulic engineering sub-disciplines.

Earth & Environmental Sciences?

As an earth and environmental scientist you will protect natural resources by assessing environmental problems and making recommendations for their solutions.

Areas of specialization include the monitoring of waste disposal sites, preservation of water supplies, reclamation of contaminated land and water, monitoring of groundwater pollution, and the study of chemical toxicity. You could also focus on the social and political implications of environmental policy and regulations by taking additional courses in political and social sciences and business.

Environmental Engineering?

As an environmental engineer you will design and plan the prevention of, or remediation of environmental problems. Areas of specialization include air and water pollution control, management of municipal water and stormwater systems, and solid and hazardous waste management.

Environmental engineers work to prevent future problems by providing strategies in areas such as sustainability, pollution prevention and energy efficiency.


As a geologist you will work to find adequate supplies of vital natural resources, such as groundwater, petroleum, and metal-bearing minerals. Geologists assess natural hazards and the potential impacts of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides. They also assist in solving environmental problems that relate to groundwater pollution, hazardous and radioactive waste disposal, and global climate change.

Field work is an integral part of what geologists do. Observation, mapping, and sampling are typical field activities that accompany project work. Travel and field-based investigations give distinction to career paths in geology.

Why Wilkes?

Our department offers accessibility to exceptional faculty and staff, and hands-on laboratory and field experiences. For instance:

  • You will learn by doing.
  • You will get hands-on work and field experience addressing significant environmental and geological issues.
  • You will learn to be a problem solver who can integrate interdisciplinary expertise to come up with innovative solutions.
  • You will have the opportunity to get training in geographic information systems, global positioning systems, freshwater and marine biology, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, water resources management, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental regulations and policy and sustainable management.
  • You will have the opportunity to do research and have access to the most current environmental research equipment.
  • You will have the opportunity to seek an internship to complement your classroom training.

On behalf of our Department, I wish you all the best in your college and career search.

Brian Whitman, PhD
Chairperson and Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering