The Civil Systems interdisciplinary area was formed in 2009 by CU faculty interested in the interaction within complex systems that are addressed by two or more civil engineering disciplines. It is a partnership that includes faculty from structural engineering and structural mechanics; hydrology, water resources, and fluid mechanics; building systems; construction engineering management; geotechnical engineering and geotechnical mechanics; and environmental engineering.

Civil systems students learn to adopt a large-scale, systems analysis approach to the development, management and monitoring of civil infrastructure systems under natural and society-induced hazards, applying engineering, social science, economic, and public policy approaches, civil systems. In their research and coursework, students learn to integrate model-based analysis, field and laboratory experiments, and life-cycle decisions to address the built and human environment.

Students graduating from this program have gone on to pursue a diverse set of careers (e.g. USAID, World Bank, nongovernmental organizations, academia, engineering consulting organizations, etc.).