Civil Engineering

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Civil engineers shape the world we live in by analyzing, planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining the “built” environment. In this program, you’ll take courses and complete lab work in topics such as soil mechanics and foundation design, construction management, design of steel, concrete and timber structures, as well as municipal infrastructure design, coastal engineering and environmental impact studies.

This program is also offered at UBC's Okanagan Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering)
  • Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering)
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Civil Engineering provides you with a foundation in basic sciences and specific civil engineering skills. The first year Engineering program and the second year Civil Engineering program include fundamental courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and structures. In the third and fourth years, the curriculum largely consists of civil engineering courses in various sub-disciplines including Environmental, Geotechnical, Hydraulics, Structures, and Transportation Engineering. Laboratory work is carried out in the third and fourth years. In your final year, you will work in groups on a design or laboratory project. A number of technical elective courses in the final year allow you to take additional courses in a preferred area of civil engineering.

Campus features

The Civil Engineering Design Studio is a new facility where students can meet with peers and faculty to work on projects and gain a sense of the real-world working environment. The Earthquake Engineering Research Facility has outstanding capabilities, including three shaketables, able to simulate seismic events to a very complex level. Research in the department of Civil Engineering includes major projects in Materials, Coastal & Ocean Engineering, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Project & Construction Management, Earthquake Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Geotechnics, Hydrotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Transportation Engineering.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements: Applied Science (Engineering)

  • IB Mathematics, excluding IB Math Studies*
  • IB Chemistry 
  • IB Physics 
  • Academically strong candidates missing either IB Chemistry or IB Physics may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis

* If your intended start year is 2021: IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL, IB Math Analysis and Approaches HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL will not satisfy the requirement.

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
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