Civil Engineering

Degree: B.A.Sc in Civil Engineering
Length of program: 4 years
Work experience: Co-operative Education
Minimum requirement: 75%

Academic Calendar Details

Admission Requirements

Civil Engineering at UNBC

Learning Outcomes

  • Strong emphasis is placed on basic sciences and environmental issues during the first two years
  • Business skills training
  • Specialized instruction in structures, renewable energy technology, cold climate, and geotechnical engineering
  • Learn to design the infrastructure essential to modern society, such as buildings, bridges, highways, transit systems, water and waste treatment facilities, foundations, tunnels, and dams
  • Analyze the effects of deterioration on infrastructure elements while considering system interdependencies and life-cycle impacts

In addition, environmentally responsible development is reinforced as the civil and environmental engineering degrees have a similar first year, allowing students some latitude to change their selected major. In second year, a number of courses are common in all of the engineering degrees but program requirements start to differentiate between the Civil and Environmental Engineering degrees. In the remaining years, some of the courses are common to both programs while each degree develops the in-depth knowledge to allow students to qualify within their discipline upon graduation. The final year exposes students to practical engineering problems.

Degree Overview

  • Eight academic semesters
  • Optional co-operative education work terms
  • 4 years
  • 153 credits

Courses are taught through a variety of methods including group learning, team teaching, and the use of design suites.

First Year Courses (Semesters 1 & 2)

CHEM 100-3    General Chemistry I
CHEM 120-1    General Chemistry Laboratory I
CPSC 110-3    Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
ENGR 110-3    Technical Writing
ENGR 117-3    Engineering Design I
ENGR 130-4    Mechanics of Materials I
ENGR 151-1    Engineering Tools I
ENGR 152-1    Engineering Tools II
MATH 100-3    Calculus I
MATH 101-3    Calculus II
MATH 220-3    Linear Algebra
PHYS 110-4    Introductory Physics I: Mechanics
PHYS 111-4    Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity

Second Year Courses (Semesters 3 & 4)

CIVE 241-4  Civil Engineering Materials
CIVE 260-4  Soil Mechanics I
ENGR 211-3  Engineering Communication
ENGR 217-3  Engineering Design II
ENGR 221-3  Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
ENGR 240-4  Mechanics of Materials II
ENGR 250-3  Engineering Tools III
ENGR 254-4  Fluid Mechanics I
ENGR 270-3  Surveying
MATH 200-3  Calculus III
MATH 230-3  Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
STAT 371-3  Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers

3 credit hours chosen from the lists of electives

Third Year (Semesters 5 & 6)

CIVE 320-3  Structural Analysis I
CIVE 321-3  Structural Analysis II
CIVE 340-3  Structural Design I
CIVE 341-3  Structural Design II
CIVE 360-4  Soil Mechanics II
CIVE 370-3  Transportations Systems
CIVE 372-3  Construction Management
ENGR 300-3  Sustainable Principles of Engineering
ENGR 353-4  Hydrology and Open Channel Flow
ENGR 358-3  Water and Wastewater Systems
ENGR 380-3  Engineering Economics

3 credit hours chosen from the lists of electives

Fourth Year (Semesters 7 & 8)

CIVE 400-3  Capstone Design Project I
CIVE 401-6  Capstone Design Project II
CIVE 411-3  Project Management
ENGR 410-3  Professional Practice & Law

21 credit hours chosen from the lists of electives


Electives must be chosen from the following lists.

15 credit hours total must be chosen from the Civil and Environmental Engineering elective lists.

Civil Engineering technical electives: 9 or 12 credit hours of the following:
CIVE 451-3  Building Physics
CIVE 461‐3   Foundation Design
CIVE 471‐3  Cold Climate Construction Engineering
CIVE 481-3  Urban and Regional Planning

Environmental Engineering electives: 3 or 6 credit hours of the following:
ENGR 354-3  Fluid Mechanics II
ENGR 412‐3   Engineering Business & Project Management
ENVE 355-3  Engineering Hydrology
ENVE 462-3  Geo-Environmental Engineering

Science electives: 6 credit hours from the following:
ENSC 308-3  Northern Contaminated Environments
ENSC 412-3  Air Pollution
ENSC 425-3  Climate Change and Global Warming
FSTY 345-3  Wood Materials Science
GEOG 205-3   Cartography and Geomatics
GEOG 210-3  Introduction to Earth Science

Humanities or Social Sciences electives: 6 credit hours from the following:
ENPL 305-3  Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS 230-3  Introduction to Environmental Policy
ENVS 414-3  Environmental and Professional Ethics
FNST 304-3  Indigenous Environmental Philosophy
GEOG 202-3  Resources, Economies, and Sustainability
NREM 303-3   Aboriginal Perspectives on Land and Resource Management
NREM 306-3   Society, Policy and Administration
POLS 100-3  Contemporary Political Issues

Co-operative Education

UNBC offers Civil Engineering students optional co-op work terms. For more information visit the co-operative education page. 


The degree program is designed to meet the present accreditation guidelines established by the Canada Engineering Accreditation Board. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from UNBC should have all of the necessary academic qualifications to be licensed as Professional Engineers (P.Eng.).

Job Opportunities

Civil Engineering graduates are critical to the growing northern and Canadian economy and will be well suited to fill vacant and new positions. The need to replace retiring engineers as they exit the workforce is growing, as the average age of civil engineers in B.C. is 50 years old, greater than in any other province. Engineers Canada projects an average of 667 job openings per year in British Columbia from 2015-2019 and continued high demand for the next decade.


  • Civil Engineer
  • Drainage Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Public Works Engineer
  • Urban Road System Engineer