Civil Engineering exists at the intersection of the human, built, and natural environments. Civil Engineers have historically been the professionals leading the design, construction, maintenance and eventual decommissioning of society's physical infrastructure, including: transportation networks, water supply and wastewater treatment systems, the structures for energy generation and distribution systems, buildings and other works, land and water remediation, and more.
Although civil engineering is a highly technical profession, responsible engineering today also requires that engineers understand the impact of their decisions and their constructed works on society at large, including issues of environmental stewardship and life-cycle economic responsibility. For example, significant proportions of the world's energy and raw materials production goes into the construction and operations of our buildings and transportation systems. Civil Engineers have a significant role to play in making these systems more sustainable for future generations. The undergraduate program is therefore designed to complement technical training with learning opportunities that address these challenges.
Students enhance their undergraduate experience through a number of enriched programs. The undergraduate courses have been deliberately sequenced so that students can take advantage of the Minors in Bioengineering, Environmental Engineering or Sustainable Energy; the Certificate Programs in Preventative Engineering and Social Development or in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Business; co-op work opportunities through the Professional Experience Year Internship Program; and post-graduate academic opportunities through the Jeffrey Skoll BASc/MBA Program or through fast-tracked Master's degree programs.
Your work here will prepare you to create solutions that will directly impact quality of life everywhere: rebuilding deteriorating urban infrastructure; creating structures to withstand natural disasters; developing advanced technologies for complex transportation networks; supplying clean water and disposing of waste water; and building alternative energy systems.
You will learn in some of the world’s most advanced facilities. Your program begins with math, computing, chemistry, physics, applied structural mechanics, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, materials, surveying, geology, computer graphics and engineering ecology. Upper-year courses will provide hands-on experience, like our one-of-a kind land surveying camp north of Toronto. You’ll complete your program with a comprehensive design project that solves a real-world engineering problem. U of T’s Department of Civil Engineering is consistently ranked number one in Canada and among the top 10 in the world.