Undergraduate Degrees

Civil Engineering (B.S.)
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is designed for students who have an interest in one of the broad and diverse fields of civil and environmental engineering. The degree is designed to prepare students for a career in engineering and offers an innovative and challenging BS engineering curriculum that provides significant flexibility to the student. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET and offers an introduction to civil and environmental engineering. Students can then choose one of four focus areas:
(1) environmental engineering (air and water quality, transport theory, modeling, and energy)
(2) hydrology and water resources (watershed and aquifer management, flood prediction, data analysis, GIS)
(3) structural engineering and mechanics (structural analysis, mechanics, design, matrix methods)
(4) urban infrastructure, reliability and management (transportation systems, complex urban systems, soil mechanics, engineering economics, management)

Civil and Environmental Engineering (B.A.)
The B.A. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering is designed to provide flexibility to students to choose either a Civil or Environmental Engineering emphasis along with topics across any discipline at Rice University. The coherent and complete core curriculum is designed to give Rice Undergraduate students a consistent technological literacy through the lens of Civil and Environmental Engineering and to prepare students for graduate school in engineering, various sciences, economics, business MBA, political science, law, or medicine.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (B.S.)
This Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major gives undergraduates a sound scientific and technical grounding for further development in a variety of professional environments. The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major offers two focus areas that incorporate sustainability: Environmental Engineering and Energy and Sustainability.

Environmental Science (B.S./B.A.)
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary program that addresses environmental issues in the context of what we know about earth, ecology, and society. In addition to its science core, the major also seeks to provide students with some appreciation of social, cultural, and policy dimensions of environmental issues, as well as exposure to the technologies of pollution control.