Montana State University

Civil Engineering

Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3900

Tel: (406) 994-2111
Fax: (406) 994-6105
Location: 205 Cobleigh Hall

Department Head:

Brett Gunnink

Environmental Engineering at MSU

A collaborative effort

Environmental Engineering is a cooperative effort between the Civil Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering departments. Faculty and students from both departments collaborate on research and in classes that integrate engineering principles with scientific fundamentals in chemistry, microbiology, environmental science, and other fields to develop solutions of regional and national importance.


students and faculty work in a laboratory Graduate students Kara DeLeon, left, and Kristen Brileya prepare soil samples in a CBE laboratory led by Matthew Fields (center) for transport to a research site. (MSU Photo by Kelly Gorham)

Gain an edge in the job market by attending MSU

Take part in world-renowned research

At MSU, our unique strengths in these areas have led to strong and successful research and education programs that include the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE). The CBE is an internationally recognized program where multidisciplinary research teams find solutions to industrially relevant biofilm problems, as well as beneficial uses for microbial biotechnology.

Enter a professional career within 5 years

The trend in professional practice in the 21st century is for 5 years of education to be the foundation for a design-oriented career. With 30 credits of coursework that includes a professional paper, the Seamless Master's program is designed to meet this need. Through the Seamless Master's degree program at MSU, following a slightly modified plan to obtain the B.S. in Chemical Engineering or Civil Engineering, students can obtain the M.S. degree in only one additional calendar year. Students would start work on their professional project/paper during the summer immediately following their senior year.

Be competitive in a tough economy

While employment opportunities for engineers still abound, the tightening financial situation makes it more important than ever to have an edge when seeking your first job. In Civil and Environmental Engineering, increasing pressure from ASCE for the “BS+30” type of plan – 30 credits of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree – will make the M.S. the preferred entry-level degree.


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