Civil Engineering

Overview of the Department

The Civil Engineering program was the first engineering program offered at the University of San Carlos in 1939. USC was known then as Colegio de San Carlos (CSC). InJuly 1939, COE offered a four-year Civil Engineering program with its first dean, Engr. Almancio Alcordo. In September 1940, COE constructed a wood shop for the 50 first year and 32 second year students enrolled in the Civil Engineering program. In 1941 classes were suspended due to World War II.

After World War II, the Civil Engineering program was resumed with 80 students in July 1946. The appointed dean was Engr. Jose Rodriquez. He became instrumental in the restoration of the damaged buildings as well as the continuation of the program at the colegio.

In July 1954, the Civil Engineering program together with the other engineering programs started implementing a five-year curriculum.

Since then, the BSCE program had undergone several curriculum changes to adapt with the demands of the current conditions, thus offering an essential civil engineering education that ensures graduates who can do varied career opportunities within the field.

Currently, the USC Department of Civil Engineering is offering programs such as the five-year Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a two-year Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (MECE), and a two-year Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) program with specialization in Water Resources and Environment.

As mentioned above, the development of the MSCE program took place in close cooperation with both the Delft University of Technology and Larenstein University for Professional Education, in the Netherlands. This academic year, AY 2014-2015, the College of Engineering, also offers the Doctor of Engineering (DEng) program, which is a full-time research program, which focuses on the four areas of engineering research, supporting the University research agenda, namely: Food and Health Engineering, Water Engineering, Waste Engineering, and Energy Engineering. All the graduate programs of the College and the Department are supported by the ERDT Consortium, funded by the government thru DOST as well the CHED Human Resource Development Program.

USC has been granted with an autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippines in 2001, 2005, 2009 and up to present. USC is among the few universities nationwide with the most Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development recognized by CHED, in which six of its Centers of Development are engineering programs including Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. This award has entitled the Department of Civil Engineering to some funding from CHED for its research and development activities.

The University of San Carlos is a charter and founding member of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), and one of the first accredited universities in the country since 1961. The USC College of Engineering, which includes the Department of Civil Engineering, is the first PAASCU accredited engineering school in 1973. The accreditation of its programs which includes the Civil Engineering program is re-affirmed many times since then and most recently during its latest survey evaluation on August 2012.

The USC College of Engineering is recognized and is an active member of the Engineering Research and Development (ERDT) Consortium, as mentioned earlier, which enables the Department of Civil Engineering to continue offering its graduate programs in Civil Engineering with students enjoying scholarship grants funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), thereby, strengthening the undergraduate program through research and faculty development initiatives.


The Department of Civil Engineering of the University of San Carlos is a highly competent learning and research institution in the field of Civil Engineering, producing lifelong learners that will contribute to local, national and global development.


DoCE Mission (1): The Department of Civil Engineering aims to develop Civil Engineers who are morally good, professionally competent, environmentally conscious and capable of doing research; and

DoCE Mission (2): The Department further aims to offer instruction, research and technical service adapted to the needs of the society and the world.

Program Educational Objectives

Three to five years after graduation, the Carolinian Civil Engineering graduate is:

PEO 1: A productive professional exhibiting competence, leadership and life-long learning in the practice of Civil Engineering,

PEO 2: A global citizen who is noble in character and community-oriented, and

PEO 3:An active Civil Engineer in the profession, industry and the community emphasizing the issues of professional and ethical conduct based on Christian values.

Student Outcomes

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve civil engineering problems.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments and to critically analyze and interpret data in more than one of the recognized civil engineering areas.
  • Ability to design a system, components, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability, in accordance with standards.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve civil engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional practice issues such as professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • Broad education necessary to understand the impact of civil engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the appropriate techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for civil engineering practice.
  • Knowledge and understanding of engineering and management principles as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments.
  • Understanding of the Carolinian ideals of being a Witness to the Word.