BA in Civil or Environmental Engineering


If you would like to take more courses outside of Engineering that appeal to your interests, then the Bachelor of Arts program is the path for you. The BA degree allows students to study Civil or Environmental Engineering along with topics across any discipline at Rice University.

The goal of the program is to prepare students for graduate school in engineering, various sciences (depending upon focus), economics, business MBA, political science, law, or medicine. If you are interested in becoming a licensed practicing engineer, then a Bachelor of Science will be the more suitable path.


For learning outcomes and more about the BA in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering program, visit General Announcements.

Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Civil and Environmental Engineering AND a major concentration in Civil Engineering OR a major concentration in Environmental Engineering must complete:

  • A minimum of 62 credit hours to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 9-10 courses (25-28 credit hours), depending on declared major concentration, taken at the 300-level or above.
  • 11 courses (25 credit hours) of General Math and Science courses.
  • 6 courses (16 credit hours) as Major Concentration Core courses.
  • 7 courses (21 credit hours) in a focused specialty area of study.
  • The requirements of a major concentration in Civil Engineering OR Environmental Engineering
    • 6 courses (16 credit hours) to satisfy the requirements for the major concentration in Civil Engineering OR Environmental Engineering (see General Announcements for the specific courses)
    • To satisfy the remaining Specialty Focus Area of the BA degree, students must complete a total of 7 courses (21 credit hours) from approved electives.
      • Students are encouraged to prepare their own specialty related to their career objectives in consultation with, and approved by, their Civil and Environmental Engineering advisor.

Rice Center for Engineering Leadership Certificate

Interested in learning skills and gaining experience that will help you become a leader in your field? The Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) exists to help our undergraduates do just this, and upon completion, you will have gained invaluable experiences, cultivated connections, and earned a certificate acknowledging your successful completion of the prestigious RCEL program.

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Please contact:

Andrea Torres
Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Administrator

Office: 204 Ryon Lab
Email: atorres@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-2353

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