During 1908, the university was reorganized into individual colleges. At that time, the College of Engineering was established with civil engineering being one of four departments within the new college. Expanding the department's offerings to include graduate studies, the master's degree program in civil engineering was initiated in 1932 and the doctoral degree program in 1970. The bachelor's in environmental engineering program was established in 1995. Most recently, in 2012, a master's degree in coastal and ecological engineering was added bringing the number of programs offered by CEE to five.

The Mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is to be a comprehensive department that encompasses excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and public service. We achieve this mission by: continuing to be ABET accredited in undergraduate education and constantly responding to the educational needs of the state of Louisiana and the Nation; training, inspiring, and mentoring the next generation of leaders for the state, region and the Nation to formulate and solve problems of societal importance, to collaborate as productive team members, to engage in life-long learning and to act professionally and ethically; being the state and regional leader in extending the state of knowledge and technology through forward-thinking, innovative fundamental and applied research; and facilitating the understanding and use of new ideas, technologies, and practices for the betterment of society through service and leadership in local, state, national, and international communities and engagement in life-long learning

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