Civil and construction engineering is the broadest of the engineering professions and are the stem from which most other branches of engineering have developed. Civil and construction engineering involves the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of facilities and systems to control and improve the environment for modern civilizations. This includes projects of major importance such as bridges, transportation systems, buildings, ports and water distribution systems.
The undergraduate civil engineering program at Western Michigan University was founded in 2002. The program builds upon the construction engineering program that has been a part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences for several years. The department also offers graduate course work leading to a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with specializations in the field of construction engineering and management, structural engineering, and transportation engineering.