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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Degrees Offered

Current enrollments and degrees awarded for accredited programs in the Engineering School are available on the Rice School of Engineering's website at:

B.S. Civil Engineering (FLYER LINK)

The B.S. Civil Engineering's current accreditation status can be found on the ABET website. Click here for access.

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is designed for students who have an interest in one of the broad and diverse fields of civil and environmental engineering. The degree is designed to prepare students for a career in engineering and offers an innovative and challenging BS engineering curriculum that provides significant flexibility to the student. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET and offers an introduction to civil and environmental engineering. Students can then choose one of four focus areas:
               (1) environmental engineering (air and water quality, transport theory, modeling, and energy) 
               (2) hydrology and water resources (watershed and aquifer management, flood prediction, data analysis, GIS) 
               (3) structural engineering and mechanics (structural analysis, mechanics, design, matrix methods) 
               (4) urban infrastructure, reliability and management (transportation systems, complex urban systems, soil mechanics, engineering economics, management)  

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B.A. Civil and Environmental Engineering (FLYER LINK)

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 by discussions with and approval by a CEE departmental Track advisor.  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 examples 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 8 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 BA in Civil and Environmental Engineering.


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