Undergraduate

Why UBC Civil?

The undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) degree in Civil Engineering is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in both basic sciences and specific civil engineering skills.

Initially, students complete either the First Year Engineering program at UBC, common to all first-year engineering students at UBC, or the Engineering Transfer Program, taken at other institutions, as the basis for entering the second year program in Civil Engineering.

First year and second year Civil Engineering includes fundamental courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and structures. In second year, students are introduced to civil engineering through a design course* focusing on the conceptual design of a civil engineering project.

*Note: as part of this course, CIVL 201, some students need to complete a Communication Skills Module that commences two weeks before the normal start of term – see CIVL 201 in Program Requirements for further information.

Career Outlook

Civil Engineering graduates are employed by industry, government and engineering consulting firms to lead the development of smart, strong, and sustainable cities of the future. Civil Engineers design systems that provide safe drinking water, develop earthquake resistant infrastructures, and build and promote green and sustainable public spaces.

Examples of Civil Engineering jobs include:

  • Building services engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Project manager
  • Structural engineer
  • Water quality engineer

If you are passionate about making a difference in the world through engineering, becoming a Civil Engineer might just be the right choice for you.

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Student Development


The Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia is home to the largest co-operative education program in Western Canada, with support for students in Vancouver and the Okanagan.

Engineering Co-op

Work Learn Program

Student Life


The Department of Civil Engineering is home to many student clubs and teams that represent academic, specialization, social, and recreational interests.

For full list, visit Student Opportunities.