Doctor of Philosophy - Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Construction (CEEC) at UNLV offers a number of areas of engineering leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Civil and Environmental Engineering. Specific areas of engineering that are currently available include Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources/Environmental. The PhD degree in chosen area is awarded based on the scholarly contribution provided by the candidate in his/her area of research. It is expected that the PhD candidate should demonstrate in depth knowledge in the subject matter of his/her chosen area of expertise. PhD students should follow the graduate rules and milestones of the program mentioned in CEEC Graduate Student Handbook.

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Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes are:

  • An ability to develop, evaluate, and assess new techniques, skills, and tools to solve complex engineering and construction related problems.
  • An ability to acquire extensive engineering and construction knowledge in the area of their expertise (construction, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources/environmental).
  • An ability to critically read and analyze literature, develop research hypothesis, and create methodology to solve research problems related to the area of their expertise.
  • An ability to collect and analyze research data interpret and synthesize the findings through peer reviewed conference proceedings and journal papers.
  • Effectively communicate technical and research information.

Career Possibilities

A Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering is usually not necessary for employment as a licensed professional civil engineer. A Ph.D. degree is generally required for hire into research positions in government research laboratories, research institutes, large engineering companies, and for teaching and research positions in academia.

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