Make the world your sandbox (hardhat included)
Bring on the bulldozers! In one of Canada’s largest (and the world's top 100) civil engineering programs, you’ll learn to design and maintain the massive infrastructure we all depend on: bridges, highways, airports, tunnels, dams, pollution-control facilities, and more.
This is a degree with lots of flexibility. Once you’ve completed your foundational courses, you can choose from a wide variety of technical electives in structural, transportation, geotechnical, and water/environmental engineering.
You’ll apply your knowledge during your six co-op work terms. This is your chance to test drive different career options: work for major construction and engineering companies, get experience with local or provincial governments, or spend a term abroad.
You’ll graduate ready to create structures — in Canada or overseas — that stand the test of time.
in Canada for engineering (US News & World Report 2020)
Gain two years of experience in the co-op program
Students earn $15,700 on average per co-op term
Civil Engineering admission requirements
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
Admission averages: Individual selection from the high 80s
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First-year Civil Engineering courses and beyond
September to December
CHE 102 Chemistry for Engineers
CIVE 100 Civil Engineering Concepts
CIVE 104 Mechanics 1
CIVE 115 Linear Algebra
MATH 116 Calculus 1 for Engineering
ENGL 191/SPCOM 191 - Communication in the Engineering Profession
January to April
After first year
Sample upper-year courses
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Field technician
- Quality control technician
- Diagnostics civil engineering
- Transportation planner
- Concrete lab technician
- Estimator / project manager
- Structural engineering student
Sample co-op employers
- EllisDon Construction
- Ontario Ministry of Transportation
- PCL Constructors
- Stantec Inc
- Cole Engineering Group Ltd
- BLUESCAPE Construction Management
- RDH Building Science Inc
What can you do with a degree in Civil Engineering?
Waterloo Civil Engineering graduates often pursue careers where they oversee projects focusing on planning, design, and construction of the large-scale infrastructures around us.
- Tunnel Engineer – GHD
- Structural Engineer – AECOM
- Engineer – MMM Group
- Structural Design Engineer – Stephenson Engineering
- Field Engineer – PCL Construction Management
- Civil Engineer – Clifton Associates
- Project Manager – JP2G
Possible professional designation
Learn about the future of careers in engineering.
Student life, including Women in Engineering
Student design teams
Have fun and develop hands-on experience through one or more of our 20+ student-led design teams! Design teams include rocketry, concrete canoe, robotics, solar car, submarine racing, autonomous vehicle, Space X Hyperloop, Formula Motorsports, Engineers Without Borders, and more.
You’ll meet people with similar interests and goals, benefit from networking with experts in the engineering profession, and develop some great skills for your résumé.
Women in Engineering
Women in Engineering (WiE) supports female students and engineers while encouraging the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering. Regardless of gender, orientation, or background, you’re welcome to join this inclusive community to participate in outreach events as well as mentorship and volunteer opportunities.
Any student is also welcome to join Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that promotes equality in STEM through skills workshops, discussions, and guest speakers.
Engineering Society (EngSoc)
EngSoc is run by students for students and provides many social and academic events and services to make your experience as a Waterloo Engineering student the best it can be.
Benefit from mentoring for first-year students or get involved and meet other students through an annual conference, semiformal, career fair, charity events, community outreach, and much more!
Our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved – no matter how unique your interests. Between our 250+ student-run clubs, sports and recreation opportunities, student government, and events, student life at Waterloo has something for everyone.
Offered through the Faculty of Engineering
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Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
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- Visit the Department of Civil Engineering website.
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- Visit our Beyond Ideas website to read about why Zahra chose Civil Engineering at Waterloo.
Learn simulation skills
At Waterloo, you'll have access to high-tech simulation labs where you’ll learn how to test risks before any shovels hit the ground.
Visit our Waterloo Stories website to learn about current research in Civil Engineering happening at Waterloo.