Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Records

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UA 008.01

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Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Records


  • 1900, 1949, 1970-1971, 1973, 1992-1994, 2001 (Creation)


0.84 linear feet (2 document cases)

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Civil engineering courses were among the first taught in the early days of South Dakota State University. Students could complete a prescribed set of courses and receive a BS degree in Civil Engineering. Until 1902, courses in civil engineering were taught in the Department of Architectural and Agricultural Engineering or through the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 1902, a separate department, called the Department of Civil and Agricultural Engineering was established. In 1925, a separate Department of Agricultural Engineering was established in the Division of Agriculture. Since that time a Department of Civil Engineering has existed. / Study in civil engineering includes the location, design, construction, operation and maintenance of highways, airports, buildings, bridges, dams, water supply and distribution systems, wastewater collection systems and treatment plants, irrigation and drainage systems, river and harbor improvements and many other facilities essential in modern life. The civil engineering program at South Dakota State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. / The overall goal of this program is to develop competent professionals capable of applying the current principles of science and engineering to the solution of problems related to civil engineering. A second goal of the program is to assist students in developing a commitment of high standards of professional conduct.

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This collection is composed mainly of material for a course in Solid Waste Engineering and Management. Also included are brochures, fact sheets and other material related to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

The Solid Waste Engineering and Management material consists of course notes, syllabi, and exams. This material was most likely created by Dwayne Rollag and Vernon Schaefer, Professors of Civil Engineering, who were coordinators of this course in the early 1990s, but the only evidence to support this is the occurrence of their names on the course syllabi.

Other material of note in this collection is a certificate awarding the Civil Engineering Department second place for the most beautiful float for the 1949 Hobo Day parade, and a field notebook for a land survey of the South Dakota State College campus. While there is no date on this item, the processer decided the survey was completed around 1900 based on the building listed in the survey.

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  • English

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UA 8.1

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