The Bachelor Degree (B. Tech) programme in Civil Engineering, which first started in the 1980/81 session, concerns itself with transmission of existing knowledge and concepts in science and technology and is primarily aimed at producing civil engineers who would function immediately and effectively in government and industry in the planning, design, construction and management of facilities serving the needs of society.

The Department runs a programmes that lead to the award of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree and Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Civil Engineering as well as Masters/Doctorate (M.Tech/PhD) degrees in Structural Engineering and Highway Transportation Engineering. The undergraduate programme is designed to provide fundamental knowledge and then deepen the students’ grasp of Civil Engineering. It also introduces them to the techniques and tools of research, develops in them the spirit of enquiry and generally prepares them to face challenges and solve problems in the field of Civil Engineering.

Considerable effort has been made during the past 20 years to strengthen the Department in terms of the number and quality of staff and facilities. The soil mechanics, structures and concrete, hydraulics and asphalt testing laboratories have all been equipped within this period to meet the challenges and requirements of running a B. Tech and higher degree programmes in Civil Engineering. The programme was approved by the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria, now Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) after the first visitation from 6TH – 9TH May, 1984 and also had accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 1990. The Department produced her first batch of B. Tech. graduates in the 1984/85 session; and to date 560 students have so far graduated from the programme.

The Department has been involved in a variety of research and consultancy programmes. Research is mainly in the areas of structural, geotechnical and transportation engineering and materials. The Department has assisted in providing constancy services to the University in many of her developmental efforts. Being located in a major industrial centre, the department has enjoyed the patronage of many construction and industrial organizations in and around Rivers State, especially in areas of materials testing. For the some 14 years, the Department had a contract with Shell Petroleum Development Company for Quality Control and Laboratory Services which now runs into millions of Naira per year. Also, from the inception of the oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC), the Department has been one of her major consultants on roads and water projects.

Indeed, the Department is unique in making enormous and enviable contributions toward the consultancy efforts of the University.