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The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has a distinguished history and a tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and service. There are three broad intellectual areas within the School: Civil Infrastructure, Environment, and Engineering Systems and Management. 

Civil Infrastructure deals with the creation, operation, and renewal of the constructed environment and has as its intellectual core areas of physics, solid mechanics, materials science, structural engineering, and geotechnical engineering. 

Environment addresses the interactions between engineered and natural environments, as well as preservation of the natural environment. The discipline encompasses the intellectual core areas of chemistry, biology, fluid mechanics, hydrology, water resources, as well as physical, biological, and chemical processes in the environment. 

Engineering Systems and Management applies mathematical and scientific principles to the definition, design, development, and operational evaluation of total solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems, including water resources management and transportation systems. It also involves the integration of human, physical, energy, communications, management, and information requirements.