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Civil Engineering

What is Civil Engineering?

Overview

Civil Engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines; it includes planning, designing, constructing and maintaining sustainable infrastructure. Civil Engineering addresses the interaction of people with the built and natural environment. Engineers use established theories, techniques, and emerging technologies to understand and solve complex problems.

What You'll Learn

  • Analysis and design of buildings and bridges
  • Water quality engineering
  • Materials analysis and design (steel, concrete, masonry, wood)

Civil Engineering is comprised of the following specialty areas:

  • Construction Engineering & Management
  • Environmental & Water
  • Resources Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

Why Civil Engineering at McMaster?

"What I love about my stream is how real it is. Civil Engineering students take courses on materials like steel and concrete which are used to construct buildings, bridges, hydro dams, highways, sewer systems, and more. Moreover, we look at the environmental impacts civilization has on our world both locally and globally." - Mike Sucharda, Civil Engineering & Management

What makes this program unique?

  • Relevancy of our innovative research to Canadian communities
  • Dedication of our faculty and staff, and quality of our teaching
  • Emphasis on sustainability extending into many facets of our curriculum and our research programs
  • We produce leaders in the field of Civil Engineering through high quality education, community engagement and leading edge training 

First Year Courses

In your first year in Engineering, you will be in a general program taking a variety of courses spanning different topics. See below for the list of first year courses you'll take.*

  • General Chemistry for Engineering I
  • Engineering Design and Graphics
  • Engineering Computation
  • Engineering Profession and Practice
  • Structure and Properties of Materials
  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Engineering Mathematics II-A
  • Engineering Mathematics II-B
  • Introductory Mechanics
  • Waves, Electricity and Magnetic Fields
  • two complementary electives

*For full details about these courses, please visit the Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar is the most up-to-date resource for information related to courses. Should there be any discrepencies between information on this page and on the Calendar, the Calendar will be correct.
 

Upper Year Courses

Below are examples of courses you will take in your upper years in this program.*

  • Surveying and Measurement
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Water Quality
  • Municipal Hydraulics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Steel Structures
  • Introduction to Transportation Engineering

*For details about these courses and to view the full list of upper year courses, visit the Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar is the most up-to-date resource for information related to courses. Should there be any discrepencies between information on this page and on the Calendar, the Calendar will be correct.

Where Will I Work?

Co-op Placements

You have the option of adding co-op to your degree to enhance your learning experience. Our co-op students gain real-world experience working in top organizations throughout their undergraduate career. Click here to learn more about our co-op program.

Just a Few Employers:

  • Toronto Hyrdo Corporation
  • Canadian Solar Solutions
  • Metrolinx
  • Government of Ontario
  • Sobotec
  • McNally Construction
  • Aecon Group

Career Paths

  • Design and construction of buildings and infrastructure systems
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Environmental and water resources engineering
  • Education
  • Government
  • Consulting
  • Industry
  • Construction

Research Areas

  • Techniques to increase the performance of concrete, masonry and steel structures; mitigation of damage due to extreme load situations
  • Sensing and automation for heavy construction; development of innovative disruptive and intelligent transportation systems.
  • Watershed planning and storm water management; groundwater cleanup; energy harvesting from wastewater
  • Mitigation of damage due to earthquake, blast and other extreme load situations
  • Watershed planning and stormwater management
  • Energy harvesting from wastewater

Questions?

For more information, please visit the department website.