The Department of Civil Engineering is one of the first academic departments set up under the Faculty of Engineering. It currently offers two academic programmes at undergraduate level and post graduate research qualifications at Master of Engineering Science and Doctor of Philosophy levels. The department is sub-divided into six major sections within the Department namely, Structural and Materials Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Surveying, Water Engineering, and Construction Management and Mathematics, and is actively engaged in R&D works with financial support from the University, Government and other industrial grants. Many academic members of the Department are also pursuing engineering consultancies requiring expertise in multidisciplinary areas.
The Department currently offers two undergraduate degree programmes, namely Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental). The Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) programme was introduced in the year 1956 as a 4-year programme under the Term System. The programme was recognised by the Malaysian Public Services Department (JPA) and the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).
In the 1996/97 academic session, a major change was undertaken in the programme where the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) programme was offered as a 3-year degree programme under the Semester System (Sistem Pengajian Tiga Tahun, SPTT). In the same academic session, the Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) programme was introduced as a 3-year degree programme under the Semester System. Both the programmes were accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia on the 21 August 2000.