Civil and Environmental Engineering

The highly selective graduate programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering provide students with ample opportunities for study and research. The rigorous coursework is designed to give students the tools to create solutions to 21st century engineering challenges. Our graduate curriculum provides a sound understanding of engineering fundamentals so that our students are versatile, a mastery of engineering tools so that our students are productive, and clear goals of professional development so that our students are successful.

Graduate students may focus on a range of civil and environmental research topics, including environmental engineering, hydrology and water resources, structural engineering and mechanics and urban infrastructure and management.

For more information, please visit the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering website and download the graduate studies brochures for Environmental Science and Engineering and for Civil Engineering. Please also download the department's graduate program handbook.

Areas of Research

  • Environmental engineering
  • Hydrology and water resources
  • Structural engineering and mechanics
  • Urban infrastructure and management

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice has created several interdisciplinary research centers including: the NSF-sponsored Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT); and the Brine Chemistry Consortium of oil and gas production, which services companies and funds pacesetting research on the mechanisms of mineral scale formations. The department is also a leader in the area of flood prediction and radar-based flood alert systems, with major funding from the Houston Endowment to the SSPEED Center for severe storm prediction. New initiatives include the next major field sampling and analysis program on air quality in Houston to support development of control strategies for ozone.

Degrees Offered:

Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

Civil and Environmental Engineering Contact Information

Professor Robert Griffin
116 Keck Hall
Phone: 713-348-2093
Fax: 713-348-5268