Brown University School of Engineering

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 entering Brown with the classes of 2015 and 2016.

Students entering with the class of 2017 with interest in structures will be able to concentrate in this discipline though the structural mechanics track within the ABET-accredited mechanical engineering program.

Students interested in environmental problems and planning are directed to the ABET-accredited program in chemical and biochemical engineering, and its program options in energy production and conversion and environmental issues and pollution prevention. Students may also consider the existing ABET-accredited mechanical engineering program in energy conversion

Educational Objectives

  • We expect our graduates to have distinctive careers, beginning with either entry level positions in structural and environmental areas of civil engineering or graduate study in these fields.
  • We expect our graduates to adapt to changing opportunities, both in engineering and in other professional and business pursuits.
  • We expect our graduates to be ethically responsible, to engage in lifelong learning, and to be of service to the engineering community and to society at large.

Concentration Advisor

Prof. Janet Blume 
UH407, B&H 741, x3-2313, x3-1498

Undergraduate Study Information

The concentration is composed of the following courses:

  • Interdisiciplinary core courses for the Sc.B.
  • Upper level engineering courses
  • Advanced science course met by taking either Geological Sciences 1580 or 1590
  • Four approved humanities courses

For more information, please see the program guide.

Questions? Please read the civil and environmental engineering FAQ 

Program Options

  • Structures
  • Environmental Problems and Planning