Brown University School of Engineering

Civil Engineering

Sc.B. in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is the engineering of construction. The decisions that civil engineers make affect us every day, from the roads we drive on, to the buildings we live and work in, to the water we drink and the electricity we consume.

Brown's civil engineering program offers students the opportunity to choose one of two tracks: structures or environmental problems and planning.

Important Announcement

Civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( through 2016. Civil Engineering as a standalone ABET accredited program will be available only to students who entered Brown with the class of 2016.

The school of engineering will continue to offer the following programs that focus on structures and environmental problems:

  • The engineering structures track in the mechanical engineering Sc.B;
  • The Sc.B. degree in chemical and biochemical engineering;
  • The Sc.B. degree in environmental engineering.

The Sc.B. degrees in mechanical engineering and chemical and biochemical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

For more information please read the civil and environmental engineering FAQ

The Civil Engineering concentration has the following structure:

  • The interdisciplinary core in engineering, taken during the first two years.
  • A set of six upper level engineering courses
  • A capstone design course
  • An advanced course in the geological sciences
  • Four approved humanities courses

Additional Information