Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc in Eng)

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What you will learn in this program

Civil engineers ask questions such as: How can suspension bridges hold so much weight? Are there better ways to predict avalanches? How do skyscrapers withstand earthquakes?

Civil engineering involves the conception, design, construction, operation, maintenance and management of many structures and systems vital to the public. Civil engineering is a very broad discipline, which means the techniques and skills you’ll gain will be directly applicable to a wide range of real world work environments. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur in class, during tutorials, and through the completion of a full-year design project.

This program features a common first year, which consists of 10 courses in mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering principles, communications and design. These courses will provide you with a solid foundation for your engineering training and introduce you to a variety of engineering disciplines. You'll apply for admission to a specific engineering program at the end of your first year. 

Career opportunities

​As a civil engineer, you’ll have global opportunities to work in areas such as biomedicine, scientific research, transportation, and more. A degree in engineering can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Courses you'll take:

Computing for Engineers, Engineering Design and Communication, General Chemistry for Engineers, Tools for Civil Engineering Design, ​Calculus for Engineers and Scientists

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

Work experience

Internship experience - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience through a 12-16 month placement.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

Program enhancements

Distance learning options - The program, or a portion of, can be completed online or through community-based learning formats.

​Civil engineering gives a broad, well-rounded selection of courses to choose from. They give you a good grounding in all the different fundamentals, which is great because a lot of the times you’re going out in the world where you think you’re going to do something, and then you end up doing something that’s completely different from what you expected. Having that strong foundation is really key.

​Kim Gould, BSc (Eng)’11

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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​Civil engineering is the field that has the greatest, most direct impact on people. If you can improve the transportation system through better mobility – which means getting more people through the system with less congestion – you’ve improved your life. Your commute is less. If you can clean up a water supply, you can improve somebody’s life outcomes.

​Lynne Cowe Falls, PhD — Associate Professor

Join our community in fall 2018

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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In fourth year we design our own concrete mix. It’s a really cool process – we go to the lab and mix it all together and test it to find out the strength of it. Then we get to work out how that would apply to different situations. Being able to take these courses where you apply so much knowledge and actually do something with it is really beneficial. ​

​Sarah F., civil engineering student

Faculty Information

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Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
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