Civil & Environmental Engineering

Building a sustainable future.

Clean drinking water. Breathable air. Safe efficient buildings to live and work in. Flood protection. Waste disposal. Civil and environmental engineers at UCLA Samueli learn to design and plan the infrastructures that society requires, and evolve them to mitigate their influence on the environment. We strive to find sustainable solutions.

Southern California presents its own set of challenges – how to provide the critical infrastructure within a complex geological and climate environment that’s prone to earthquakes, drought, flooding and landslides, while also minimizing energy consumption and the release of greenhouse gases – and in turn provides an ideal “natural lab” in which to do our work.

To learn more about the Civil & Environmental Engineering department, visit our dedicated site.


Year One: What’s it like being a Bruin Engineer?

Last year, we asked newly admitted freshmen why they selected UCLA Samueli. A year later, after their fall and winter quarters, we followed up on what they thought of their first year as Bruin engineers.


After being impacted by suicide in his senior year of high school, Sahen Rai, a first-year computer science student, is using his newly learned skills to put numbers to feelings.

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