BS in Civil Engineering


The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) is a degree pursued by students planning a career as licensed professional engineers and can reduce the time required to become a licensed professional engineer.

Accreditation and professional licensure are important for some careers, and many states require licensure for those providing engineering services directly to the public.

Learn more about the requirements and learning outcomes for the BS degree in Civil Engineering.

Our program offers several areas to explore to pursue your personal interests and the problems you would like to solve in the world:

Areas of Specialization

  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


    To find out who is your advisor and/or how to declare your major, visit Advising.

    One-Year Pathway to Master's Degree for Undergraduates

    Depending upon good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and coursework, Rice undergraduate students have the option to pursue a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering by adding an additional fifth year to their four years of undergraduate studies.

    Learn more about our BS / MCEE Program.

    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.

    Learn more about our RCEL program.

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    Have questions or need guidance about applying or your degree plan? We're here for you.

    Please contact:

    Olga Torres
    Undergraduate and Graduate Program Coordinator

    Office: 204 Ryon Lab
    Email: olga.c.trejo@rice.edu
    Phone: 713-348-2646

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