Civil and Enviromental Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering Universitas Gadjah Mada has a long history since established in 1945 until now. The history of Civil and Enviromental Engineering Department can be traced to the Dutch colonial era. When the ambush of allied forces to some big cities in Indonesia, Sekolah Tinggi Teknik (STT) Bandoeng (before was Technische Hoogeshool, Kyoo Gyoo Dai Gaku) moved to Yogyakarta as at that time was the capital city of Indonesia. STT Bandoeng in Yogyakarta officially opened in February 17th 1946. STT Bandoeng in Yogyakarta has three departments, those are Civil Engineering , Mechanical-Electrical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.
Not so long after, still in 1946, STT Bandoeng in Yogyakarta changed name into Sekolah Tinggi Teknik Jogjakarta or STT Jogjakarta. In the almost same time, in January 1946 Universitas/Balai Perguruan Tinggi Swasta Gadjah Mada was built. Throughout the Independence war, December 1948 until October 1949, STT Jogjakarta was forced to be closed. Post-recognition of Indonesian sovereignty by the Dutch Government, on December 19th 1949, STT Jogjakarta coupled with Sekolah Tinggi Kedokteran and Balai Perguruan Tinggi Gadjah Mada became “Universiteit Negeri Gadjah Mada” otherwise known as the Universitas Gadjah Mada. STT Jogjakarta become “Fakulteit Teknik Universiteit Gadjah Mada” and still have three departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical-Electrical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.
Along with the development of science, in 2006, Civil Engineering Department (JTS) transformed into Civil and Environmental Engineering (JTSL) to include environmental material in its curriculum. Furthermore, in 2014 the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering changed its name to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DTSL).
Currently, DTSL has 5 (five) Study Program (Prodi) those are S1 Civil Engineering Program, S2 Civil Engineering Program with a variety of interests (Water Resources; Geotechnics; Structure; Master Facility and Technology Building Materials, MSTB; Master in Management of Water and Waste, MPA2L), Master Program in Transportation System Engineering (MSTT), Master Program in Natural Disaster Management Engineering(MTPBA) and S3 Civil Engineering Sciences Program. Number of the current teaching staff is 55 lecturers with qualifications S3 (47), S2 (3), 5 (still take S3), and 22 lecturers are professor. DTSL is equipped with 7 Laboratory, those are Materials Laboratory, Hydraulics Laboratory, Soil Mechanics Laboratory, Computing Laboratory, Health and Environment Laboratory, Structures and Transport Laboratory.