B.A. in Civil and Environmental Engineering
The B.A. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering is designed to provide flexibility to students to choose either a Civil (Track C) or Environmental (Track E) Engineering emphasis along with topics across any discipline at Rice University. Each Track is to be tailored to the specific needs of each student through discussions with and approval by a CEE departmental Track adviser. Either six (6) core courses in Track C or five (5) core courses in Track E, plus seven courses in a focused specialty area of study are required (see below for example areas). The total core and specialty area requirements are approximately 12-13 courses (37 hours). In addition, each student is responsible for satisfying the university distribution requirement of eight courses (24 hours), Math and science requirements of 10-11 courses (25 hours) and additional free electives for a total of (122 hours) for graduation with a B.A. in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
This coherent and complete core curriculum is designed to give Rice undergraduate students a consistent technological literacy through the lens of civil and environmental engineering and prepare students for graduate school in engineering, various sciences (depending upon focus), economics, business, political science, law, or medicine. Select students will be invited to finish an accelerated M.S./Ph.D. degree in the CEE department (see your adviser/department chair for details). Students pursuing professional engineering licensure should also consider our B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering (B.S.C.E.).
Although not required, students are encouraged to double major in their Specialty Focus Area.
Program Learning Outcomes for the B.A. Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering:
Upon completing the B.A. degree with a major in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a major concentration in Civil Engineering, students will demonstrate the ability to:
1. Apply basic knowledge of mathematics or science or both.
2. Function on multidisciplinary teams
3. Understand professional and ethical responsibility
4. Communicate effectively
5. Understand global, economic, environmental, and societal impacts of engineering problems and solutions
6. Recognize the need for and engage in lifelong learning
7. Comprehend contemporary issues
Degree Requirements & Advising Tools:
Rice students are encouraged to reach out to their degree advisors when they have questions throughout the year and must follow the degree requirements outlined in the General Announcements
for either matriculation OR graduating year. To get started with declaring your major
or for advising support, please make an appointment to meet with one of the B.A. Degree Advisors below. Bring a transcript copy and a completed planner (see template below) to the visit, along with your declaration form (if declaring).
Group advising sessions are also announced each semester by the department shortly before registration opens. These are led by CEE faculty advisers and Chi Epsilon and ASCE senior students
BA Certifying Advisors
For declaring your major, verification of degree plans or submission of specialty-specific (Track C or E) adviser-approved course substitutions via petition in Degreeworks:
Need more help or guidance? Contact Jennifer Mashburn, CEE Undergraduate Programs, 713-348-4656