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About Us


For more than 100 years, the Department of Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University has prepared students for a degree in civil engineering. Civil engineers plan, design, build, and maintain the facilities essential to our civilization: bridges, dams, highways, transit systems, airports, tunnels, irrigation systems, water supply, and industrial and commercial buildings. It is one of the most enriching careers open to men and women—rewarding in personal fulfillment, in enduring service to human-kind, and in financial benefits.

Civil Engineering includes the following subdisciplines: environmental engineering, structural engineering, construction engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering.

Our Vision

The Civil Engineering Department at Santa Clara University strives to educate civil engineers who have the breadth and depth required to plan, design, and construct civil infrastructure necessary to support life in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Grounded in the Jesuit approach to educating the whole person, we combine rigorous technical instruction with project-based and hands-on learning to develop ethical engineers who can independently develop and implement major civil engineering projects. As accomplished scholars and practitioners, our faculty members are dedicated to teaching and providing opportunities for advanced study. Our students' abilities to communicate and function on multi-disciplinary teams are nurtured through collaboration with faculty, practitioners, and peers. Our graduates will continue to gain knowledge and serve their communities, and contribute their wisdom to enrich our programs.

The development and application of engineering knowledge and innovative technologies in our programs are enhanced by our teaching and laboratory spaces, which enable curiosity, discovery, collaboration, and convergence with recent disciplines.  These facilities support our educational programs and scholarly endeavors while fostering a sense of community in which student actitivites are supported, accomplishments are celebrated, and practitioners are engaged.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Department of Civil Engineering is to educate our students to prepare for careers in which they can contribute positively to the design, construction, maintenance and advancement of civil engineering-based systems critical to the quality of life in a changing world.

We do this by providing students with the skills and tools necessary to understand the physical world, to apply this understanding to current and future needs of society and to responsibly and ethically address the impacts that engineered systems can have on a community and its environment. As part of this process, the Department's faculty and students will advance the state of knowledge of the discipline through research, industrial collaboration, publication, and relevant service to the profession and community.