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Civil Engineering

Building the infrastructure to sustain modern society

Civil engineering deals with much of the infrastructure that is part of an urban society, including the buildings in which humans live and work, roads and highways, tunnels, water and waste water treatment, and protection against flooding. It deals with society’s larger infrastructure, including transportation networks (e.g. highways, bridges and airports), small- and large-scale water resource projects such as dams and associated works (e.g. canals, pipelines, components of power systems), and works associated with protection and/or enhancement of the environment (e.g., waste containment and management systems, land reclamation, water quality protection).

The civil engineer is involved with aspects of both the development of new works and, in an increasingly significant way, the maintenance or preservation of existing works. Given the state of our country's (and world's) infrastructure and the anticipated growth in human population, the future of civil engineering is very bright! 


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Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Civil Engineering

  • B.E.

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Civil Engineering: Is it for you?

  • Engineering programs at the U of S are highly rated by independent bodies such as the National Education Foundation. The Civil Engineering program is well-ranked in Canada and North America and is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.
  • Like all programs in our college, the first year is a common year. After that, you can choose your preferred disciplines and the second, third and fourth years are spent learning a specialty in those areas.

Sample Classes

  • GEOE 218: Engineering Geology
    Introduction to engineering geology and the engineering properties of geomaterials including strength, compressibility and permeability of soils and rocks. Labs, case studies and field trips emphasize slope stability, ground monitoring, instrumentation and the engineering significance of geological processes and geomaterials. Fundamentals of structural geology, applied geomorphology, site investigation technology, geophysics and airphoto interpretation.
  • CE 311: Continuum Mechanics
    The application of equilibrium analysis to materials and systems that can be treated as continua. The laws of equilibrium, compatibility, and constitutive relationships are used to reduce physical problems to mathematical expressions. Concepts are introduced in the context of elastic theory and extended to other areas of relevance to civil engineering such as fluid flow, plasticity, viscoelasticity, and multi-phase material behaviour.
  • GE 449: Engineering in Society
    Designed to create an awareness of the diverse and often-contradictory impacts of science and technology on society. The consequences of current technological changes and those of the recent past are explored from a professional ethics point of view to illustrate the complexities of technological-societal interrelationships.

Career Opportunities

With a degree in civil engineering, your career options can include the following:

  • public and private sector
  • municipal (urban or rural), provincial and federal governments
  • engineering consulting
  • construction
  • project management
  • resource development (for example, mining)
  • a wide range of companies