Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Civil Engineering, B.S.

Curriculum | Professional Electives | Objectives & Outcomes

Concrete Canoe Race

Students race in the annual Concrete Canoe Competition. Every year a team of students design, build and race a canoe made entirely of concrete.

From implementing smart transit systems, to designing wind farm foundations, to ensuring water quality, to crafting evacuation models, to creating safer bridges, our civil engineers provide the backbone of the world’s infrastructure. We place an emphasis on global learning that bridges classroom knowledge with projects abroad.

Environmental Engineering Minor

Environmental engineering involves the study of clean water, clean air, waste management, and preservation of resources in ways that minimize effects on our planet. Learn more about the minor.

FastTRAC5: Accelerated 5-Year B.S./M.S. Program


This program allows students to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees within 5 years. A M.S. will become increasingly important for students entering civil engineering because by 2015, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying will change its model law to require a B.S. and M.S./30 credits for licensure.

Under the University’s program, students gain professional training by working at an engineering consulting firm or governmental agency. They also carry out research working closely with a faculty mentor.

For admission into the program students must have junior standing in Civil and Environmental Engineering (minimum of 62 credits) and have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Students must also maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during their participation in the program and pass the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) examination. Students will also need to submit an application packet including a one-page personal statement, an unofficial transcript showing junior-level status (minimum of 62 credits) and two letters of recommendation (at least one from a URI CVE faculty).

International Engineering Program

Tunnel Project

Alex Reeb inspects a tunneling site during his internship in Germany under the civil engineering German IEP program.

The International Engineering Program combines a B.S. degree in any of the college’s engineering disciplines with a B.A. degree in a foreign language (German, Spanish, French, Italian or Chinese). The five-year program includes a year studying abroad. The first semester abroad is spent at the IEP’s partner university taking engineering, language, and culture courses in the host language. This is followed by a six-month paid internship with an international engineering firm in the same country.



The Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


*Includes degrees awarded in August 2013, December 2013 and May 2014.

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