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Department ofCivil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

Department of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

Learn to design and build the world around you.

We rely on civil engineers to build our bridges, dams, highways, transit networks, airports, tunnels, water systems, industrial and commercial buildings, and to protect our environment. As a civil engineer, you will be faced with creating innovative ways to build and improve infrastructure in the face of climate change and increasing urbanization. Santa Clara prepares you to meet this challenge.

Our curriculum combines a unique balance of the practical aspects of engineering with a strong theoretical foundation. The curriculum covers environmental, structural, construction, geotechnical, transportation, and water resources engineering. You'll find small classes complemented by hands-on projects, time in the lab and field trips.

Faculty members are active scholars as well as practicing engineers. You'll go to them for advice and mentorship, and there will be several opportunities to develop camaraderie during regular department events.  

For undergraduates, we offer a B.S. degree, as well as a combined B.S./M.S. five-year program. Graduate students can focus on structural engineering, general civil engineering, or construction management in pursuit of their M.S. degree.

Student Spotlight

A headshot of student, Marieli Rubio

Civil Engineering student, Marieli Rubio '21, reflects on her experience at Santa Clara University, offering advice for current and future SCU Engineering students.

Faculty Spotlight

Hisham Said

Learn the motivation behind the new Construction Management Minor with Civil Engineering Associate Professor Hisham Said.

Alumni Spotlight

Portrait of Dr. Roshan “Ro” Mehdizadeh

An interview with Google Director and alumnae Dr. Roshan “Ro” Mehdizadeh (BS'07, MS'07).

Contact Us

Chair: Aria Amirbahman
Vice Chair: Tonya Nilsson
Department Manager: Kendra Gonzalez

Department of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Sobrato Discovery, Bldg. 402

(408) 554-4061