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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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    Audrey Gozali Named New Face of Civil Engineering

    From Santa Clara to Buenos Aires, Audrey Gozali's passion for civil engineering has no boundaries. She was recently named one of ten New Faces of Civil Engineering by ASCE for her many accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. As an engineer, Audrey hopes to provide universal access to clean drinking water and empower young women and minorities in her field. Congratulations, Audrey!