The Department of Civil Engineering, Construction and Environmental started as one of the first six department on the former Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Technology (JKCAT) It was known then as Building and Civil Engineering and offered Technicians PARTS I-III certificates from 1981. In 1989 the Department started offering BSC in Civil Engineering alongside Diploma in Civil Engineering and changed its name to Department of Civil Engineering shedding off Building that evolved into the current SABS.
The Department started offering Post–graduate degree in 2002. The Master of Science programmes are aimed at producing specialized manpower of high caliber capable of conducting research. Later in 2003, saw the creation of another department of GEGIS to offer more specialized and advanced surveying techniques.
The department assumed its current name in 2009 when it combined with GEGIS to form the School of Civil, and Geospatial Engineering (SCEGES) under the newly formed College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC).