Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate Degree Options

As an undergraduate in either our BS in Environmental Engineering or BS in Civil Engineering programs, you will complete approximately two years of math and science and two years of engineering coursework. Students from both programs will work together in four hands-on project courses, one each fall.

Taking advantage of free elective courses can also allow you to pursue an additional major or a minor from a variety of areas of study. Recent graduates have completed additional majors in Engineering and Public Policy, Psychology, and Technical Writing and minors in Architecture, Computer Science, and Business.

Some of our students also choose an additonal major or minor with our Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe). This unique program connects diverse strengths across Carnegie Mellon University to advance education, research, and creative practice in domains that merge technology and arts expertise.

Motivated students who want to gain a competitive edge in their career can get a jump start with our Integrated BS/MS program. This program gives you an accelerated path to earn your master's degree seamlessly with your bachelor's degree.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Civil Engineering

Undergraduate student works with sensors for capstone course

Our Bachelor of Science program in Civil Engineering  is an accredited and widely recognized degree program for entry into the civil engineering profession.

Environmental Engineering


The new Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Engineering  integrates computing and data analytics with a traditional environmental engineering course of study. 

Integrated BS/MS Program

If you are highly motivated and wish to pursue an advanced degree, you may plan a course of study that leads to both the BS in Civil Engineering and the MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (IMB Program). This course of study will ordinarily require ten semesters of study, although advanced placement or other study may reduce this time.

Students can apply appropriate units earned as an undergraduate toward their MS program as long as they are beyond the 379 units required for the BS in Civil Engineering degree. In the ninth semester of study, students must register in graduate status.


Minor: Environmental and Sustainability Studies

The minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability issues beyond a traditional engineering major degree program.

Six courses are required with offerings from a wide range of disciplines, including architecture, business, engineering and public policy, english, history, and philosophy.

Minor: Global Engineering

The Global Engineering minor prepares you to join an international community. Courses are designed to increase global awareness and international experiences.

Requirements include coursework in international management, ethics, modern language, as well as a study or work abroad experience.

Concentrations and Minor: Interactive Design, Arts & Technology Network (IDeATe)

The Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) connects diverse strengths across Carnegie Mellon University to advance education, research, and creative practice in domains that merge technology and arts expertise. IDeATe concentrations and minors provide the opportunity for you to choose from creative industry themes such as intelligent environments, physical computing, and media design. Courses are focused on hands-on collaborative learning and are structured to combine students from many different disciplines.

IDeATe supports eight interrelated undergraduate concentration areas, all of which can also be taken as minors. The themes of these areas integrate knowledge in technology and arts: Game Design, Animation and Special Effects, Media Design, Sound Design, Learning Media, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Intelligent Environments, and Physical Computing.

Concentrations are completed by taking four courses, while minors require five courses.