Department Information

Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UTSA!

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is committed to providing a learning environment which encourages discovery and advancement for the betterment of its students and the community.

The CEE department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for future engineering opportunities.  Our programs include a B.S. in Civil Engineering (accredited by the EAC Accreditation Commission of ABET,, a M.S. in Civil Engineering, and two Ph.D. programs in (Environmental Science & Engineering) and (Civil Engineering).  Our program prepares students by providing them civil engineering fundamentals through design and hands-on laboratory courses, as well as providing them opportunities to participate in cutting edge, interdisciplinary research.

The department has innovative engineering research programs in traditional and emerging fields focusing on environmental engineering, transportation, water resources, structures, and geotechnical engineering.  These research programs are federally and state funded and seek to serve the needs of San Antonio, South Texas and the nation.

If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding career then Civil and Environmental Engineering is the right place for you. We extend to you our warmest welcome and hope you will consider joining the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. You can also follow us on Facebook

Manuel Diaz
Department Chair


Mission and Vision Statement

The strategic vision of UTSA is by 2020 to become a premier research University that provides access to educational excellence and prepares leaders for the global environment.  Its mission is the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions, serving as a focus of intellectual and creative resources and a catalyst for socioeconomic development for Texas, the nation and beyond.  As part of its 2020 strategic vision, UTSA has identified a number of strategic growth areas: educational excellence, superior infrastructure, innovative research and discovery, strong community involvement, superior student experience, and world-class graduate programs.

The mission of the College of Engineering (COE) is to provide outstanding education and research opportunities to the region's multicultural community, as well as to the nation and beyond. This includes preparing students for lifelong learning and leadership jobs in the engineering profession, conducting research leading to innovative technologies, establishing partnerships with industry, connecting with the community, and pursuing excellence in every endeavor. The COE envisions becoming an internationally recognized, premier research-intensive engineering college serving as an economic driver and workforce developer.

The faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service to the community and the engineering profession. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s mission is to provide our students an education that integrates fundamental science and engineering skills with design principles to solve engineering problems. Our programs provide students opportunities for graduate education, to acquire life-long learning skills, and to participate in research that advances the discipline and benefits society. Students will be prepared to become professional engineers and leaders in the Civil and Environmental Engineering profession.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Goals

  • Provide an exceptional undergraduate and graduate education that empowers students to become leaders in the civil and environmental engineering profession
  • Offer innovative educational programs consisting of instruction, experiential learning and research activities that cultivate student critical thinking skills, leadership, and desire for lifelong learning
  • Serve as a preeminent civil and environmental engineering research department providing transformative solutions to regional and global problems

Program Educational Objectives

Civil Engineering Bachelor of Science graduates are expected to attain the following program educational objectives:

  • meet the expectations of their employers,
  • will endeavor to become licensed professional engineers
  • are able to pursue graduate studies, if so desired.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives are:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to understand the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. an understanding of the elements of project management, construction, and asset management.
  13. an understanding of business and public policy and administration fundamentals.
  14. an understanding of the role of the leader and leadership principles and aptitudes.