The Department of Civil Engineering came into existence at the beginning of the 2004/2005 academic session. It runs an integrated sandwich programme to acquaint the students with the basic knowledge, practices and current advances in the field of Civil Engineering. Civil Engineering is concerned with the planning, design, construction, maintenance and environmental impact of buildings, roads, airports, waterways, railways, bridges, tunnels, docks, offshore structure, dams, water supply, drainage and irrigation systems/schemes, and other major works.  The Programme in Civil Engineering is therefore designed to produce engineers that can meet the challenges in the afore-mentioned areas through service in governmental agencies/establishments, the building and construction industry.

In September 2009, Civil Engineering became one of the Departments in the School of Engineering within the College of Science and Technology. In the 2014/2015 academic session, the Department became part of the School of Applied Engineering presently in the College of Engineering. The Department graduated its first set of graduates in July 2009.