Civil Engineering, B.S.


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

The world needs civil engineers. We are the people who build elegant bridges spanning great distances, deliver clean water to millions of people, identify the best way to route billions of dollars in goods, and design next-generation renewable energy systems.

At the University of Rhode Island Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, you’ll find undergraduate and graduate programs focused on preparing you to solve society’s challenges. Our program offers a unique blend of classroom and hands-on learning with internships available at many private companies and at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. We also offer many student groups and honor societies that provide opportunities to build leadership skills and gain real-world experience.

Our graduates work across the world as leaders improving our infrastructure and transportation systems, cleaning the air and the water and, ultimately, advancing civilization and improving our quality of life.

A unique element of our program is the award-winning capstone course sequence. Students work in teams during their senior year, carrying out all tasks that a professional civil engineering firm would perform while designing a major project. Student “companies” are provided with office space in the newly upgraded Senior Design Studio where they complete their projects and present their work in front of panels of professional engineers.


In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, URI hereby discloses that the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as an engineer in all U.S. States and Territories. The applicable licensing board in your state may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license (e.g., passing of an exam; obtaining a certificate; performing clinical/practicum hours; etc.), and we encourage you to investigate those requirements. The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, which is required nationwide for licensure, can be attempted by any engineering undergraduate who has finished or is close to finishing an Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC)/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited program. 

ABET Accreditation

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

The Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Civil and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Find out why ABET accreditation matters.

B.S. Enrollment
(Fall 2023)
B.S. Graduates
(Aug. 2022, Dec. 2022, May 2023)