Everything in our built environment—from towers reaching to the sky, to bridges spanning provinces, to dams holding back rivers—is the work of civil engineers who plan, design, build, maintain, rehabilitate and manage the infrastructure that houses people, moves goods and supplies power and water. Whether one-of-a-kind structures or the roads we drive every day, civil engineers make meaningful contributions to the development, evolution and safety of our physical world.

The Carleton Advantage

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree program in Civil Engineering offers you:

  • courses and design projects in structural, geotechnical and transportation engineering;
  • a program of study that emphasizes problem-solving skills, laboratory experience, design and advanced computer methods for civil engineering;
  • opportunities to participate in collaborative design projects with industry, government and other research agencies in the Ottawa region; and
  • excellent scholarships for students with high academic standing.

Our Laboratory and Research Facilities

You will find excellent laboratory and computer facilities at Carleton. For example, you may become involved in research studies that test the materials of large-scale specimens using the specialized facilities of the strong floor in the Minto Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering. Carleton’s proximity to the laboratories of the National Research Council Canada gives you access to additional research and resource facilities.

Your Co-op Opportunities

As a student in the Civil Engineering program you will have the opportunity to apply to the Co-operative Education Program. Co-op integrates degree-related, paid work terms into your degree program. A minimum of four work terms are required to obtain the Co-op designation on your degree. Often, the four consecutive work terms following third year take place with the same employer.

Our program is closely associated with government departments and agencies as well as private firms, giving students valuable work experience and contacts that will benefit them in the future.

The pattern of work and study terms for the co-op option is shown in the following table.

Calendar Year Fall Winter Summer
1 study term 1 study term 2
2 study term 3 study term 4 work term
3 study term 5 study term 6 work term
4 work term work term work term
5 study term 7 study term 8

Learn more about our featured co-op employers.

Choosing the Right Program

The BEng program in Civil Engineering is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. When you graduate from the program, you will meet the educational requirements for registration as a professional engineer.

At Carleton, you will develop a broad background in engineering in your first two years of study. The final years will allow you to focus on one or more of the traditional areas of structural, geotechnical and transportation engineering complemented by courses in municipal engineering, engineering economics and project management. The fourth year Capstone project provides an opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge, and expertise you’ve developed to the design of a civil engineering infrastructure project.

Course Structure

The courses of a typical Civil program are shown below.

Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Calculus for Engineering Students
[MATH 1004]
Linear Algebra for Engineering Students
[MATH 1104]
Chemistry for Engineering Students
[CHEM 1101]
Engineering Geoscience
[ERTH 2404]
Computation and Programming
[ECOR 1041]
Introductory Electromagnetism and Wave Motion [PHYS 1004]
[ECOR 1043]
Data Management
[ECOR 1042]
[ECOR 1045]
[ECOR 1044]
Visual Communication
[ECOR 1047]
[ECOR 1046]
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines I
[ECOR 1055]
[ECOR 1048]
Engineering Profession
[ECOR 1057]
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines II
[ECOR 1056]
Complementary Studies Elective
Study Term 3 Study Term 4
Differential Equations and Infinite Series for Engineering Students [MATH 1005] Multivariable Calculus for Engineering Students [MATH 2004]
Fluid Mechanics I
[MAAE 2300]
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
[MAAE 2400]
Mechanics of Solids I
[CIVE 2200]
Mechanics II
[CIVE 2101]
GIS, Surveying, CAD & BIM
[CIVE 2004]
Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments [ECOR 2050]
Civil Engineering Materials
[CIVE 2700]
Communication Skills for Engineering Students [CCDP 2100]
Study Term 5 Study Term 6
Introduction to Structural Analysis
[CIVE 3203]
Mathematical Methods I
[MATH 3705]
Introduction to Structural Design
[CIVE 3204]
Mechanics of Solids II
[CIVE 3202]
Geotechnical Mechanics
[CIVE 3208]
Design of Structural Steel Components
[CIVE 3205]
Building Science
[CIVE 3209]
Design of Reinforced Concrete Components
[CIVE 3206]
Transportation Engineering & Planning
[CIVE 3304]
Engineering Economics
[ECOR 3800]
Complementary Studies Elective Engineering Portfolio
[ECOR 2995]
Study Term 7 Study Term 8
Engineering Design Project
[CIVE 4918]
Geotechnical Engineering
[CIVE 4208]
Highway Engineering
[CIVE 4209]
Municipal Engineering
[CIVE 4407]
Professional Practice
[ECOR 4995]
Construction/Project Management
[CIVE 4400]
Engineering Elective
Engineering Elective Engineering Elective
Engineering Elective

Note: As study terms and courses offered may vary, please refer to the Carleton University Undergraduate Calendar for specific program requirements.

Your Future Opportunities

As a civil engineer, you will be a highly skilled professional with expertise in analysis, design, computer applications and management. You could work for any level of government or in a variety of consulting engineering firms.

Graduates of the Civil Engineering program at Carleton University work around the world today, on challenging and technically advanced civil engineering projects.

Alumni Feature

“My time at Carleton really helped me to develop problem solving skills, which are incredibly important now that I’m out in the field. I know I still have a lot of practical experience to gain […], but being able to refer back to first principles of mechanics and my other design courses has been very beneficial.”

Dayna Peloquin (BEng/13 – Civil Engineering) Structural Engineer – WSP in Canada

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Civil Engineering program, you must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a minimum of six 4U/M courses.

Your six courses must include four prerequisite courses:

  • Advanced Functions
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • One of the following:
    • Calculus and Vectors (strongly recommended for applicants to all engineering programs)
    • Biology
    • Earth and Space Science

Although it is not an admission requirement, at least one 4U course in either English or French is recommended. Equivalent courses may be substituted at the appropriate 4U level.

Since the number of qualified applicants may be greater than the number of available spaces, cut-off averages and required marks may vary.


If you are from outside Ontario, or outside Canada, please visit Carleton’s Undergraduate Admissions website for details on your specific program’s requirements.

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