The Department was established in the year 1963 with the UG program (B.E.in Civil Engineering) and is one of the oldest branches of RVCE. The department has been imparting quality education to meet the technological advancement and industrial requirements. The present intake for the undergraduate program is 120 and is affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University(VTU) Belagavi with an Autonomous status. The department started two PG programs under VTU in Structural Engineering and Highway Technology in the year 2006 and 2009 respectively with a total intake of 36 students. The department is also involved in research and development and is a recognized research centre under VTU. B.E in Civil Engineering program is accredited by NBA for three years in 2003, 2007, for two years in 2013 and for 3 years in 2016. PG Highway technology programme has been accredited by NBA for three years in 2017.
The Department is involved in R&D work, offers consultancy services and conduct training programmes for industry and government organizations. Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. Industry Institute interaction is nurtured by organizing and coordinating frequent industrial visits, Expert Lectures, Seminars.Reputed companies like L&T ECC, Shapoorji Pallonji, Brigade Group, Atkins, Total Environment, Tata Consulting engineers, Cognizant Technologies, Accenture recruit students of the department.