Civil Engineering

[Accessible transcript on Vimeo]

We go about our lives within a physical environment created by civil engineers: houses, schools, office buildings, highways, and bridges, even river and coastal systems, and green landfills. Civil Engineering is a challenging and dynamic profession serving society to improve the quality of our life, the health of our social system, the continuity of our economy and business activities, and our competitive position in the international market place.

As a civil engineering student, you will study how to plan, design, and build these structures and systems with an environmentally respectful approach. As part of its real-world preparation, this innovative program emphasizes self-learning, teamwork, communication, leadership and problem solving.

Areas of Specialization

  • Structural Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydraulics


  • Environmental assessment
  • Water supply
  • Construction
  • Industrial design
  • Architecture
  • Urban and regional planning
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Learn more about the Civil Engineering program by exploring the Department of Civil Engineering website.