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Civil Engineering (BEng)

Program type
Option
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
4 to 5 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning
Co-op

Why study Civil Engineering?

Protect water resources. Design buildings, bridges and tunnels. Improve transportation and traffic flow. As a civil engineer, your expertise in urban and environmental planning lets you guide municipalities to create the structures and systems that have a positive impact on everyday community life.

In our state-of-the-art labs designed for water management, soil mechanics or surveying, you will get practical experience with the tools and equipment you will use in the field. Through labs, lectures and projects, you’ll also:

  • Learn how to plan and execute the construction of complex facilities such as buildings, bridges, dams and tunnels
  • Develop strategies to manage water resources, transportation and waste disposal
  • Conduct environmental impact assessments and assist urban planners

Our program is accredited by the Engineers Canada and you’ll graduate eligible to become a registered professional engineer.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Engineering degree takes a minimum of four years (119 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background


Program options

In the third year of study, students may choose to take one of three specialization options:

  • Civil Infrastructure
    In civil infrastructure option students learn the design of foundations and superstructures as encountered in bridges and highways, industrial and residential buildings, airport runways, dams, urban transportation systems, and transit terminals.
  • Environmental
    In environmental engineering, emphasis is based both on the design of systems for water supply, water treatment, soil treatment, wastewater treatment, and waste management, as well as on the design of physical, chemical and biological unit operations and processes encountered in these systems.
  • Construction Engineering and Management
    Construction engineering and management gives students a specialized focus on planning, design, and the execution of construction projects with due consideration to project costs. The design experience gained in the construction engineering and management courses is applied to both the design of civil infrastructures and environmental engineering design projects.


Courses

The curriculum consists of the Civil Engineering core and electives.


Course sequences


Sample projects

  • Design a multi-storey apartment or commercial building in reinforced concrete
  • Determine traffic flows of a transportation network
  • Plan a waste management collection and reduction program

Co-op program

The Co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. As a Co-op student, you will work for engineering firms where you may:

  • Study the geometric and pavement design of roads
  • Assess building equipment and systems
  • Inspect various construction sites


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 24 overall, 23 math, 22 phys.
  • High School: B- overall, B- math, B- phys.
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B- overall, B- math, B- phys.
  • Bacc. français: 12 overall, 12 math, 12 phys.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 overall, 4 math, 4 phys.

Course requirements for admission

CEGEP students
Admission is based on applicants’ overall Math and Physics (if applicable) CRC indicated above and completion of the following classes as part of their DEC.

  • For all BEng programs
    CHEM 101 or 202-NYA; MATH 103 or 201-NYA and 203 or 201-NYB and 105 or 201-NYC; PHYS 101 or 203 NYA and 201 or 203 NYB

Students completing a three-year technical DEC in a related field may also be eligible for admission without the specified profile provided they achieve a minimum overall CRC as indicated above and preferably a minimum of 24 in math and physics course(s) required for their CEGEP program. Students may be eligible for exemptions/transfer credits based on course equivalencies.

IB applicants
Math HL preferred but SL is acceptable. SL grade requirement may vary. Science HL or SL acceptable.

University transfers and mature students
Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements are encouraged to apply and may still be considered for admission, provided they have completed the majority of the prerequisite courses. Transfer credits may be considered on a course-by-course basis.

Prerequisites for university transfer applicants
The following courses are required in addition to the program and may be completed at another post-secondary institution prior to admission or at Concordia.

  • For all BEng programs
    Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, General Chemistry I


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

Civil Engineering alumni have established careers in the consulting engineering, construction, industrial or government sectors. Others move into research and development or teaching. Some graduates have been hired by:

  • INSPEC-SOL
  • Peter Kiewit Sons Inc.
  • Stantec
  • Ministry of Transport of Quebec

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