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Undergraduate Study

Become a creative engineer, inspired and equipped to make an impact

A Duke engineering education is an experience that will change your life

In the Duke Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, we pride ourselves on close student-faculty interaction. You'll know us by name and we'll know you too.

Duke Engineering's signature educational experience includes:

  • First-year immersion in hands-on design and computing
  • Personal skills you need to become a leader
  • Tremendous flexibility—with two majors, the freedom to double or dual major, certificate programs, and more
  • Opportunities to do data science, authentic research, entrepreneurship, study abroad and service-learning

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Duke CEE: Highly Ranked

U.S. News & World Report:

  • #7 national university
  • #12 undergraduate engineering program in environmental engineering
  • #16 engineering school for undergraduates

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Two Accredited Majors

We offer two ABET-accredited bachelor of science degree programs:

Earn Undergrad and Master's Degrees in 5 Years

Earn your BSE and a master's degree in just five years through the 4+1: BSE+master's degree program.

Enhance Your Training with a Certificate

Our students can enhance their degrees with in-depth certificates in:

On top of all that, our students have the flexibility to pursue additional majors and minors within other departments of the Pratt School of Engineering or within Duke's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

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Program Educational Objectives

The alumni of the CE and EnvE programs at Duke are expected to exhibit the following behaviors:

  • Conceive, communicate, and contribute to effective and sustainable solutions to professional, multi-disciplinary challenges (in, for example, engineering design, project management, consulting, finance, and academia) by utilizing fundamental principles of mathematics, science, and engineering, and employing engineering methods and judgment as needed;
  • Seek and engage in professional development, including advanced degrees and professional licensure, to enhance their capabilities and personal fulfillment;
  • Be leaders in their professional and personal communities while responding ethically and boldly when confronted with modern societal and environmental challenges.


Our students will have the following capabilities upon completion of their degrees:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies