Information for

You are here

Civil Engineering

Make the world your sandbox. (Hardhat included.)

Bring on the bulldozers! In one of Canada’s largest 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 6 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.

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.

Create a concrete canoe

Compete nationally and internationally! Join one of Waterloo’s student design teams to engineer the best concrete toboggans and canoes, steel bridges, and more.


2 people taking measurements outside modern glass building

You'll alternate 4-month school terms with 4-month paid co-op work terms. Graduate with 2 years of work experience, earn money to help pay for your education, and be able to try different career areas within the engineering profession.

About the Civil Engineering program

breifcaseGain 2 years of experience in the co-op program

clickApply directly to this program on your application

grad capEarn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree


#1Engineering school in Canada (US News & World Report 2018)

GearsOffered through the Faculty of Engineering

Money flowerStudents earn $17,800 on average per co-op term


Civil Engineering admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 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
  • An Admission Information Form is required
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements

First-year Civil Engineering courses

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
Complementary Studies Elective course

January to April

CIVE 105 Mechanics 2
CIVE 121 Computational Methods
CIVE 153 Earth Engineering
CIVE 199 Seminar
GENE 123 Electrical Engineering
MATH 118 Calculus 2 for Engineering


After first year

Sample upper-year Civil Engineering courses

CIVE 241 – Transport Principles and Applications
CIVE 310 – Introduction to Structural Design

CIVE 332 – Civil Systems and Project Management
CIVE 460 – Engineering Biomechanics


Gain relevant work experience through co-op

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

  • Site Supervisor
  • Junior Project Engineering
  • Program & Project Management Support
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Construction & Operations Engineering Student

Sample co-op employers

  • Bridgecon Construction Ltd.
  • Aecon Industrial
  • SNC-Lavalin Group Inc
  • Eastern Construction Company Limited
  • Stantec Inc.
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • Bilfinger Berger Project Investments Inc

Careers in Civil Engineering

Recent graduates

  • Structural Engineer, AA-E Engineering Group Ltd.
  • Coastal Engineer, Baird & Associates Coastal Engineers
  • Structural Designer, Blackwell
  • Project Manager, EllisDon Corporation
  • Junior Water Resources Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.
  • Tunnel Engineer, GHD
  • Subdivision Designer, Counterpoint Engineering
  • Hydraulic Specialist, HydraTek & Associates Inc.

Possible professional designation

Helpful links