Undergraduate Academic Program FAQ

Admissions

Q:How do I apply to Civil Engineering?

Admission into Civil Engineering is either after completion of the general first year Engineering at UBC (Second Year Placement) or transfer from another post-secondary program outside UBC Engineering. Please visit the Faculty of Applied Science UBC Engineering for details about admissions and transfer credits. Information specific to Camosun student degree requirements is listed below.

Degree Requirements

Q:  What are the current B.A.Sc. program requirements?

The current academic calendar lists the degree requirements for both the regular Civil Engineering program and the Environmental Option. Current students can also use the Degree Navigator program available through the Student Service Center to view program requirements (please see the Degree Navigator Guide for more information).

Q:  What are “Complementary Studies” courses?

All engineering students must complete a set of “complementary studies” courses to be accredited as an engineer in Canada. There are five areas of complementary studies: professional development, communication, engineering economics, impact of technology on society and humanities/social sciences electives. Civil Engineering students typically complete these requirements as follows:

  1. Professional Development: Civil Engineering students take CIVL 402: Law and Contracts in Civil Engineering in fourth year, which covers this requirement.
  2. Communication:  Please see the section below on the 'English Communications Requirement' for more information.
  3. Engineering Economics: Civil Engineering students take CIVL 403: Engineering Economic Analysis in fourth year, which satisfies this requirement.
  4. Impact of Technology on Society: Civil Engineering students take CIVL 201: Civil Engineering I and CIVL 202: Civil Engineering II in second year to satisfy this requirement. Camosun Bridge students must take one of the other approved "Impact of Technology on Society" courses listed on the Engineering Student Services website.
  5. Humanities/Social Sciences Electives: Students are required to take six credits of humanities/social sciences electives to graduate. Students normally take one three-credit elective in first year and a second three-credit elective in fourth year. 

Q: What courses are Camosun Bridge students required to complete after they arrive at UBC?

Camosun Bridge students must complete all of the core and elective requirements for third and fourth year in the B.A.Sc. curriculum to graduate. Camosun Bridge students are also required to take the following:

  1. If a student receives a grade of "D" or lower in any course at Camosun College, they will be required to pass the equivalent first- or second-year course at UBC. Students will not be permitted to register in any third- and fourth-year courses that list the missing course as a pre-requisite until they have passed the course. Students in this situation are encouraged to take a reduced course load until they have passed these courses.
  2. All Camosun students are required to take an eligible "Impact of Technology on Society" course before they graduate. A list of eligible courses can be found on the Engineering Student Services website. Many Camosun students choose to take CIVL 200: Engineering and Sustainable Development to complete this requirement, which is offered in Term 1 and the Summer term each year.
  3. Most Camosun students have been given credit for STAT 251: Elementary Statistics (which is normally taken in the third year of the UBC Civil Engineering program). Students will be informed prior to their arrival at UBC if they have been given credit for STAT 251.
  4. Camosun Bridge students who have not completed an English course previously will be required to take one of: ENGL 112: Strategies for University Writing, APSC 176: Engineering Communication or any other eligible first year English course. This must be done before the student is given fourth year standing.  
  5. Camosun students are required to complete six credits of Humanities/Social Sciences electives to graduate. Students who have taken eligible humanities and social science courses at their previous institution may be given transfer credit that is eligible to complete this requirement. Students will be informed prior to their arrival at UBC about how many humanities/social science credits they will be required to complete at UBC. 

Q:  How can I check to make sure I have completed all of the courses I need to graduate?

All students have access to Degree Navigator via the Student Service Center. Degree Navigator shows which courses are required for your degree and the courses you have completed, those in-progress, and those left to complete. Please visit the Degree Navigator Guide for information on how to use and interpret Degree Navigator. 

Q:  I have questions about my Degree Navigator report.  Who do I contact?

Students are welcome to bring questions regarding their Degree Navigator reports to their Departmental Advisor. Departmental advisors are best equipped to answer questions regarding the core Civil Engineering program, fourth year technical electives, and general questions regarding program requirements. In cases where transfer credits are not showing properly on Degree Navigator, or for questions regarding first-year requirements, the advisor may refer the student to Engineering Student Services.

English Communications Requirement

Q:  What is the English Communications Requirement?

All engineering students at UBC are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information visit Engineering Student Services - FAQ.

Q:  What if I do not complete a stage of the English Communications Requirement on time?

Students are required to complete each stage of the English Communications Requirement by a certain point in their degree programs:

  1. If a student is required to write the LPI test, the student must pass the test by the end of their first year at UBC.
  2. Students must complete ENGL 112, APSC 176 or another approved first year English course by the end of their second year at UBC.
  3. Students must complete APSC 201 by the end of their third year at UBC.

If a student fails to complete one of the requirements by the point specified, they will be limited to taking 12 credits of courses and will not be promoted to the next year of their program until they complete the requirement. For example, students who do not pass APSC 201 by the end of their third year will be limited to taking 12 credits in the next academic year and will not be promoted to fourth year standing until they successfully pass APSC 201.

Undergraduate Registration

For all specific registration requests, please fill out a Online Course Registration Form and submit it electronically.

Q:  How do I register for CORE courses in Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineering students must register in a Standard Timetable (STT) that includes most core courses required for that year. There are a few core courses that students must register for individually after registering in a Standard Timetable (see table below for CIVL core not included in the Standard Timetables):

 

Regular CIVL Stream

CIVL Environmental Option

Second Year

MATH 253
MATH 255

N/A

Third Year

MATH 257
STAT 251

MATH 257
STAT 251

Fourth Year

Complementary Studies Elective (3cr)
Technical Electives (15cr)

Complementary Studies Elective (3cr)
Technical Elective (6cr)

Camosun students are required to take courses in addition to the ones listed above.  Please see the section on the Camosun Bridge Program for details.

Q: I am a Co-op student in the Civil Engineering program in third year. Which STT do I register for?

Co-op students in Civil Engineering normally take one term of courses in third year and spend the other term on a co-op placement. Specialized STTs have been created for third-year co-op students that only include courses in either term 1 or term 2.

  • If you are a third year Civil Engineering student planning to go on a co-op placement in term 1, you should register in a third year STT that only includes term 2 courses.
  • If you are a third year Civil Engineering student planning to go on a co-op placement in term 2, you should register in a third-year STT that only includes term 1 courses.

Q: What if all Standard Timetables for my year are full? 

Please email info@civil.ubc.ca as soon as possible indicating your program year and student number. The department will manually register you for all core courses you require.

Q:  What if I need to register in an individual CORE CIVL course that is not included in my STT?

Please fill out an online course registration form and submit it electronically.  You will be registered as soon as possible provided you have completed all necessary pre-requisites.  If you have not completed the pre-requisites, you must include a rationale for taking the course on your form.

Q:  What if I need to register in a CORE course from another department that is not included in my STT?

You must contact the specific department to request registration in their courses.  For APSC courses, you must contact Engineering Student Services

Q. What do I do if one of my core courses in another department is full?

You must contact the department to find out their procodures for registering in the course:

MATH            http://www.math.ubc.ca/Ugrad/ugradRegistration.shtml       604-822-2666

APSC            Engineering Student Services                                              604-822-6556

STATS           http://www.stat.ubc.ca/People/#S                                         604-822-4821

Q. I missed taking one of my core courses last year, and now two of my core courses conflict. What should I do?

First you should contact the advisor for your year to discuss the conflict and your options to resolve them. One of following options will apply:

  • In some cases there may be another course you could take in another department as an equivalent or
  • You will be advised to contact each instructor to explain how you will manage the work in both courses and to seek to official approval. You will need to fill in an APSC Course Conflict Form. Please note that approval emails from instructors can be submitted with the form instead of signatures or
  • You will need to take the course at a different time i.e., in the summer or in another year or
  • You will need to extend the length of your degree to take the course.

Q:  How do I register in CIVL technical electives?

Fourth year CIVL students take technical electives in addition to their core fourth year courses.  After registering for your fourth year STT, you must register for your technical electives individually.  Registration in conflicting technical electives is not permitted. For more information on technical electives, please visit Technical Electives for Fourth-Year Students.

Q:  What if a CIVL technical elective course is full?

You must complete an online course registration form and submit it electronically. Forms will be processed in August for Term 1 courses and in December for Term 2 courses. Due to limited space, you are not guaranteed admission into technical elective courses if they are full. 

Q:  I am in another engineering program (GEOE, ENVE, IGEN etc.) and I would like to take a CIVL course as a technical elective.  What do I do?

Please fill out an online course registration form and submit it electronically.  Elective requests will be processed in August for Term 1 courses and in December for Term 2 courses. You are not guaranteed admission into CIVL courses that count as electives in your degree program. 

Q:  I am a graduate student wishing to take an undergraduate CIVL course. What do I do?

Please fill out an online course registration form and have your supervisor sign it in the “comments” field.  Your request will be processed in August for Term 1 courses and in December for Term 2 courses. Undergraduate students are given priority, and you are not guaranteed admission into undergraduate courses you request.

Q: I am un undergraduate student who wishes to take a graduate CIVL course. What do I do?

To be eligible to take a graduate course, undergraduates must meet the following requirements:

  • must have completed at least 75% (normally equivalent to 36 credits) of the 300 and 400 level courses required for their bachelor degree, and must have a minimum overall average of 76% (B+) in their completed 300 and 400 level courses.
  • must have completed all pre-requisite courses.

Undergraduate students must complete this form if they wish to take a graduate course. Approval of the course instructor and graduate program is required.

Camosun Bridge Program

Q:  What is the Camosun Bridge Program?

Individuals who hold Diplomas in Civil Engineering Technology from an accredited Canadian technical college can gain admission into the third year of the B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering program after completing a six-month "bridge" program at Camosun College in Victoria, BC.  More information on the program can be found on the Camosun College website

Q:  What Courses are Camosun Bridge students required to complete when they arrive at UBC?

Camosun Bridge students must complete all of the core and elective requirements for third and fourth year in the B.A.Sc. curriculum to graduate.  Camosun Bridge students are also required to take the following:

  1. All Camosun students are required to take an eligible "Impact of Technology on Society" course before they graduate.  A list of eligible courses can be found on the Engineering Student Services website.  Many Camosun students choose to take CIVL 200: Engineering and Sustainable Development to complete this requirement, which is offered each year in Term 1 and the Summer term.
  2. Most Camosun students are given credit for STAT 251: Elementary Statistics (which is normally taken in the third year of the UBC Civil Engineering program).  Students will be informed prior to their arrival at UBC if they have been given credit for STAT 251.
  3. Camosun Bridge students who have not completed an English course previously will be required to take one of: ENGL 112: Strategies for University Writing, APSC 176: Engineering Communication or any other eligible first year English course.  This must be done before the student is given fourth year standing.  
  4. Camosun students are required to complete six credits of Humanities/Social Sciences electives to graduate.  Students who have taken eligible humanities and social science courses at their previous institution may be given transfer credit that is eligible to complete this requirement.  Students will be informed prior to their arrival at UBC about how many humanities/social science credits they will be required to complete at UBC. 

Deferred & Supplemental Exams

Q:  What is the difference between a deferred exam and a supplemental exam?

A deferred examination is when a student misses an exam and applies to write an examination at a later date (an academic concession). A supplemental examination is an examination written in addition to the usual examination(s) given for a course.

If you missed an exam and think you are eligible to write a deferred exam, instructions on how to apply for academic concession can be on the Engineering Student Service FAQ.

Labs

Q:  Am I required to pass a safety course before using the Civil Engineering labs?

Yes, all safety procedures and rules will be reviewed for the respective lab that you are working in before you start the lab. Additionally, all students are required to complete a "Health, Safety and Environment" orientation regarding general safety procedures for all labs at the start of the academic year when they first arrive in the Department (this will be given during one of your regularly-scheduled courses).  Students are expected to observe all safety procedures and follow all instructions given by faculty members, TAs and technicians while working in the labs.