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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.

  • From left, Molly Bencomo, Megan August, and Ashley Waite on a site visit.

    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.

    • Win, Win, Win!

      Negotiating contracts, identifying risks, assigning subcontractors…it was all in a day's work for three teams of SCU civil engineering students vying for top honors at the Associated Schools of Construction Student Construction Competitions.