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We provide an accessible, inclusive, high quality, undergraduate and graduate education in Civil Engineering that prepares students for productive careers, graduate study, and lifelong learning. We offer students the opportunity to engage within the community, through research and industry internships, and professional and honor societies.


To become a nationally recognized Civil Engineering Department that engages in the highest quality teaching, research, and service.

Undergraduate Goals:

The mission of the Boise State University Civil Engineering Department is to be accomplished through undergraduate teaching, graduate studies and research. These goals will be achieved through a balance of teaching and technical assistance to local and regional industry and government agencies. Our program is characterized by an assessment process for a continuous improvement/feedback process in areas of instruction and learning methods to enhance the benefits of the educational experience. We seek to implement program advancements through continuous improvement of departmental and college facilities. Expansion of our program will provide greater opportunities for graduate educational experiences for students and working professionals in Idaho and surroundings areas.

We cultivate the atmosphere of collegiality and cooperation between our students, our colleagues, and the surrounding state and regional community-at-large through exposure to and retention of a knowledgeable faculty with diverse interests and backgrounds, and an “open door” policy for student advising. We actively support student and professional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the Civil Engineering Honor Society Chi Epsilon as well as many other professional societies related to the various aspects of civil engineering, to enhance both student and professional development. We will accommodate a diverse population of non-traditional, minority, returning students, and traditional students and provide outreach assistance to the local and regional civil engineering community in public and private practice.

Graduate Goals:

  • RulersOffer high quality graduate degree programs tailored to meet the needs of our students, including working professionals, non-traditional students, and underrepresented groups, that combine a strong foundation of engineering and scientific principles with application-based solutions to meet the needs of business, industry, and governmental agencies in the region;
  • Attract highly qualified graduate students with and provide them with a learning environment that supports their intellectual growth and helps them meet their career advancement goals;
  • Conduct research, publish and disseminate results to advance the body of knowledge and to benefit the environment and economic well being of the state;
  • Leverage the specialized knowledge of faculty members and students to solve regional engineering and environmental problems through partnerships with local business, industry, and governmental agencies.

The Civil Engineering Department at Boise State University will be recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally for its contributions in graduate education and for its collaborative programs and research with other units on campus, universities, governmental agencies and private industry.