Civil Engineering Program Profile

Last Updated : Dec 21, 2016

Bachelor of Engineering 
+ Co-op (Optional) 
+ Dual Degree: BA Int'l Development Studies 

From soaring skyscrapers and breathtaking bridges to innovative transportation systems and next-generation clean water technologies – the scope and impact of Civil Engineering is unparalleled.

Civil Engineering is a driving engine of economic growth; it plays a huge role in the sustainable development of mineral and energy sources as well as protecting our natural and built environment.

Civil Engineering students at Lassonde learn about structural and foundation design, transportation systems planning and design, water resources management, wastewater treatment, and environmental impact assessment. In addition, our graduates receive training in new emerging areas, such as innovative materials and construction technologies, infrastructure rehabilitation, computer-aided simulations, sustainability, natural hazards, and climate-change-driven engineering.

Our aim is to graduate civil engineers with exceptional technical skills, strong communication and entrepreneurial skills, a passion for social justice and environmental stewardship.


• Engineering design skills through a series of dedicated design courses with industrial partners
• Strong field application skills developed in labs spanning structural, geotechnical, hydrotechnical, transportation, and environmental disciplines
• Field surveying experience
• Capstone design course in the graduating year focusing on real-life civil engineering projects delivered in association with industry partners
• Professional experience through co-op option after second year, giving you an early start towards becoming a licensed Professional Engineer
• Opportunities to participate in courses offered by Osgoode Hall Law School (Intellectual Property and Patent Law) and Schulich School of Business (Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship)


• Social and communication skills gained through club membership and leadership opportunities (Civil Engineering Club, Lassonde Engineering Society and more)
• Principles of ethics, professional practice and professional communication introduced and applied throughout courses in the program
• Project management experience gained through dedicated courses as well as through courses that have direct business involvement and practical applications
• Emphasis on environmental stewardship throughout the curriculum


First Year: 

• Chemistry & Material Science 
• Object-Oriented Programming 
• Engineering - Ethics, Communication & Problem-Solving 
• Engineering - Design Principles 
• Calculus 
• Algebra 
• Physics 
• Earth Environment
Upper Year: 
• Civil Engineering Design Project
• Civil Engineering Materials
• Mechanics of Materials
• Civil Engineering Graphics and CAD
• Field Surveys
• Introduction to Environmental Engineering
• Fluid Mechanics
• Hydraulics and Hydrology
• Soil Mechanics
• Foundation Design
• Structural Analysis

Introduction to Structural Design
Civil Engineering Computational Methods
• Sanitary and Environmental Engineering
Transportation Engineering
Geoenvironmental Engineering
• Environmental Impact Assessment and Sustainability
Geotechnical Modelling
Reinforced Concrete Design
• Urban Transportation Planning


 Construction and Project Managers
• Transportation Planners
• Environmental Regulators and Stewards 
• Municipal and Sanitary Engineers
• Structural and Geotechnical Engineers
• Natural Resources Developers
• Government and Public Works Engineers

Check out a sample first-year Engineering schedule

For more information on course descriptions and degree completion requirements, check out the Academic Calendar.

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