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Within the field of civil and environmental engineering, the opportunities are numerous. Our undergraduate, USC program offers courses in the areas of: Environmental, Geotechnical, Structures, Transportation and Water Resources.

Environmental Engineering focuses on improving the environmental quality of air, water, and soils, including physical and biochemical remediation and treatment, sustainable construction, modeling of environmental systems, solid and hazardous waste control, air pollution control and drinking water system designs. The focus area extends to the new area of environmental application and implication of nanotechnology.

Geotechnical Engineering focuses on soil, rock and engineered geo materials with specific concentrations on field and laboratory investigations using standard and novel testing technologies, design and performance of foundations and earth structures, slope stability analyses, soil dynamics and liquefaction, pavement design and performance, landfill design and instrumentation, and geo environmental studies.

Structural Engineering covers the areas of structural mechanics, structural analysis and design, structural testing and materials. The focus of the program is in structures and facilities related to the transportation infrastructure. It addresses: traditional and modern materials; design innovations, structural health monitoring and life cycle analysis; structural performance and assessment to extreme loads (earthquakes, blasts, etc); advanced analytical and computer methods for modeling and simulations.

Transportation Engineering focuses on the planning, design, operation, and management of transportation systems with emphasis on intermodal and multi-modal transportation (including high-speed rail) which are designed to move people and goods from an origin to a destination in the most efficient, cost-effective, and safe manner, utilizing mathematical modeling and computer simulation.

Water Resources Engineering focuses on the study and physical and computer modeling of natural and industrial flows and transport processes, management of rivers and watersheds, dam break and levee breech, flood prevention and forecasting, river mechanics and marine sediment transport, storm water management and modeling, environmental protection and restoration, and sustainable systems.

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