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Department of Civil 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, and industrial and commercial buildings. As a civil engineer, you'll be faced with finding creative ways to improve infrastructure through climate change, drought, and increasing urbanization. Santa Clara prepares you to meet the challenge.

Our curriculum is balanced between the practical aspects of engineering and a strong theoretical foundation, and 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, as well as camaraderie during our regular department barbeques. 

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

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    Alanna Sewalt '17

    Alanna Sewalt ’17 (bioengineering) has been chosen by the Board of Directors of the American Society of Safety Engineers San Jose Chapter and the Bay Area Environmental Safety Professionals as winner of a $1500 Fall 2016 EHS Scholarship. Congratulations!

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      Affordable Housing Puzzle Solved By Senior Designers

      When Habitat for Humanity needed help redesigning a proposed apartment complex to meet city building codes, they reached out to Santa Clara University’s civil engineering department and a trio of seniors took up the challenge.