Department ofCivil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering


The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering offers a well-balanced undergraduate program that strives to develop graduates who are capable of solving complex problems with fixed and oftentimes limited resources. The application of state-of-the-art skills, a sound understanding of engineering principles, the ability to communicate and artic­ulate ideas, and preparation for lifelong learning are some of the key areas of focus in the Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering curriculum. At the completion of the undergraduate program, graduates are well equipped to enter the practice or pursue advanced studies in any of the civil engineering disciplines. The department provides students with the necessary guidance to develop their full potential within the context of their own personal experiences and the expectations of the profession.

As graduates of the Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering program, junior engineers get involved in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the infrastructure that is critical to daily life, including buildings, transportation systems, airports, irrigation systems, water supplies, supply systems, and environmental protection facilities.

The educational objectives developed by the Department for its undergraduate program reflect our commitment to providing a program that produces graduates who, within five years of graduation, will:

  • capably design, build, maintain, or improve civil engineering-based systems in the context of environmental, economic, and societal requirements.
  • serve the community as ethical and responsible professionals.
  • engage in lifelong learning for professional growth.

Students entering during or after Fall 2009 must fulfill the following requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering:

Humanities and Social Sciences        

University Core requirements  


ENGL 181, 182 (or approved equivalent)

Mathematics and Science

MATH 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22 (or AMTH 106), AMTH 112

CHEM 11 

PHYS 31, 31L 32, 32L, 33, 33L 

CENG 20, 20L


ENGR 1, 1L

ELEN 49 

CENG 7, 7L, 10, 10L, 15, 15L, 41, 44A, 44AL, 44B, 115, 115L, 121A, 121AL, 121B, 125, 125L, 128, 132, 140, 140L, 141, 141L, 143, 143L, 145, 148, 148L, 192A, 192B, 192C, 193, 194

Three technical electives with at least one from each of the two categories below:

 Design-focused electives: CENG 119, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 142, 144 and 144L, 146, 150

Analysis-focused electives: CENG 118, 123 and 123L, 139, 149, 151, 160, 161, 162, 184, 182, 186, 187 

The electives should be selected in consultation with an academic advisor to satisfy the requirement of the general Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering program or one of the approved emphasis area programs in civil engineering.

Free Electives

Total = (195 units)(min)

Contact Us

Chair:  Reynaud Serrette
Senior Administrative Assistant: Melanie Massie

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

Heafey-Bergin, Bldg. 202

(408) 554-4061

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