Civil ENGINEERING - Carleton University

Civil engineers play a major role in the development and management of society’s physical
infrastructure. Their work involves the planning, design, construction, maintenance and
management of buildings, bridges, dams, airports, highways, subways, transportation
networks, energy resource development projects, offshore structures, canals, irrigation
systems, harbours, and water supply and waste treatment facilities.
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, and 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
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 enrol in a co-operative internship option.
A minimum of four work terms is required, and the pattern
of work and study terms for the co-op option is shown in the
following table. After third year, you could be placed for up to
four consecutive work terms, normally with the same employer.
Calendar Year
study term 1
study term 2
work term*
study term 3
study term 4
work term
study term 5
study term 6
work term
work term
work term
work term
study term 7
study term 8
* Optional placement to be arranged directly with an employer.
Choosing the right program
The BEng degree program in Civil Engineering is fully
accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.
When you graduate from this program, you will meet the
educational requirements for registration as a professional
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 areas of municipal engineering,
engineering economics, project management, computer
applications, environmental engineering, structural engineering,
geotechnical engineering and transportation engineering.
In addition, you may choose to take the concentration in
Management option or emphasize the traditional areas of
structural, geotechnical or transportation engineering. If you
select the concentration in Management option, you will take
a series of management courses beginning in your second year
of study. These courses will provide you with valuable skills in
accounting, marketing and project management.
The courses of a typical Civil program are shown below.
Study Term 1
Introduction to Engineering
Calculus for Engineering or
Linear Algebra for Engineering or
Chemistry for Engineering
Complementary studies elective
Study Term 2
Mechanics I
Problem Solving and Computers
Differential Equations and Infinite
Series for Engineering or Physics
Introductory Electromagnetism
and Wave Motion
Communication Skills for
Engineering Students
Study Term 3
Multivariable Calculus for
Engineering or Physics
Mechanics II
Mechanics of Solids I
Civil Engineering Materials
GIS, Surveying and Graphics
Study Term 4
Engineering Geoscience
Numerical Methods
Mathematical Methods I
Fluid Mechanics I
Thermodynamics and Heat
Study Term 5
Introduction to Structural Analysis
Introduction to Structural Design
Geotechnical Mechanics
Electrical Engineering
Transportation Engineering and
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.
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 4 U/M courses. Your six courses
must include four prerequisite courses:
Study Term 6
Introduction to Statistical Modeling I
Mechanics of Solids II
Engineering Economics
Design of Structural Steel
Design of Reinforced Concrete
Complementary studies elective
Study Term 7
Engineering Project or Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Municipal Engineering
Complementary studies elective
Two Engineering electives
Study Term 8
Engineering Project (continued) or
Engineering elective
Design Project
Highway Engineering
Professional Practice
Complementary studies elective
Engineering elective
Note: As study terms and courses offered may vary, please refer to the
Carleton University Undergraduate Calendar at for
specific program requirements.
Advanced Functions
one of:
„„ Calculus and Vectors*
„„ Biology
„„ Earth and Space Science
* Strongly recommended for applicants to all engineering programs.
Although it is not an admission requirement, at least one 4U
course in either English or français is recommended.
Equivalent courses may be substituted at the appropriate
4U level. The overall admission cut-off average and/or the
prerequisite course average may be considerably higher than
the stated minimum requirements for some programs.
If you are from outside Ontario, or outside Canada, see Carleton
University’s website at for your specific
program requirements.
Since the number of qualified applicants may be greater than
the number of available spaces, cut-off averages and required
marks may vary.
For more information
Please visit or consult the Carleton University
Undergraduate Calendar at
Department of Civil
and Environmental
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