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Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering

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Civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering at Ohio State offers our students an enriching intellectual environment enhanced by unique research experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratory and experimental testing facilities to give students resources to pursue their goals and interests in various areas of civil and environmental engineering.

Opportunities for Students

Our civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering graduate studies program allows you to learn from faculty who are the best in Ohio, across the nation and around the world. Our graduate programs lead to master’s and doctoral degrees in six different areas of specialization:

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Geoinformation and Geodetic Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

A dual master’s degree is offered in Urban Transportation Planning in conjunction with the City and Regional Planning program at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture.


Current research areas in civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering at Ohio State include:

  • sustainable infrastructure design, industrial ecology
  • beneficial utilization of industrial by-products in infrastructure rehabilitation
  • structural vibrations, artificial intelligence and knowledge based expert systems
  • design and analysis of innovative concrete structures
  • advanced composite structures, especially topics in damage quantification and mitigation
  • dynamics of flow and sediment transport in coastal engineering
  • mathematical modeling and rheological characteristics of material behavior
  • field performance of earth and rock structures, earthquake engineering
  • risk and decision analysis in construction, construction safety and reliability
  • probabilistic modeling of transportation systems, intelligenttransportation systems
  • transportation planning and forecasting
  • water and hazardous waste treatment, water chemistry, contaminant fate and transport
  • advanced oxidation processes, photochemistry, membrane processes
  • colloid transport
  • satellite and inertial geodesy, Global Positioning System, inertial navigation systems, digital photogrammetry, remote sensing, mobile mapping, multisensory system integration, Mars exploration, GPS-meteorology, satellite/airborne altimetry and laser ranging

Research Facilities

The department maintains extensive, state-of-the-art computing, laboratory and field instrumentation facilities in support of graduate education.  Beyond the department, the flagship university computer facility is the Ohio Supercomputer Center located on campus. This facility principally supports research computing.

The department also develops and maintains an impressive array of field instrumentation equipment for the characterization and monitoring of both natural environments and engineered structures.

Dedicated research laboratories with extensive instrumentation support each of the areas of specialization within the graduate program.