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Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
Program Website: ryerson.ca/civil
Administered by: Department of Civil Engineering
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.

The Civil Engineering BEng degree program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Civil engineers plan, design, and build the infrastructure which we all use every day. Most of us cannot imagine a world without roads, bridges, water supply, waste treatment facilities, and power delivered to our homes. The program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to enter the Civil Engineering profession.

Admission Information

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U courses in: English, Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Physics (SPH4U) and Chemistry (SCH4U)

Notes:

  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. The grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 70 percent range) will be determined subject to competition.
  3. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.  
Program Overview/Curriculum Information

The curriculum provides for a general four-year Civil Engineering program. Graduates from the Civil Engineering program would expect to be employed by engineering technology and consulting companies, the construction industry, the mining industry, and municipal and government agencies.

After completing two years in the Civil Engineering program students may continue in the regular Civil Engineering program or choose the Structural Engineering option. There will be a 60% cap for enrolment in either the Civil Engineering program or the Structural Engineering option. Enrolment in the Civil Engineering program or the Structural Engineering option after the second year will be made on a competitive basis, subject to program capacity. (Please visit ryerson.ca/civil/undergraduate for more details.) In addition, students continuing in the Civil Engineering program will have the option of pursuing either the Environmental or Transportation Engineering Streams in the 4th year of the program. An enrolment cap for the Environmental or Transportation Streams will be similar to that mentioned above.

The Civil Engineering program curriculum focuses mainly on four areas: environmental, geomatics, structural/materials and transportation engineering. The subjects include environmental sustainable development, impact of civil engineering, water and wastewater management, soil mechanics , geomatics measurement, remote sensing and digital mapping, satellite navigation, structural analysis and design, concrete and highway materials, highway design, transportation planning, road safety, traffic and transit operation, pavement design and project management.

The curriculum of the Structural Engineering option provides further focus on structural analysis, computer-aided structural analysis, structural building systems, structural design of concrete, steel, timber and masonry, bridge design and construction, and renovation/repair of existing structures.

A student graduating from the Civil Engineering program will earn a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree in Civil Engineering. A student graduating from the Structural Engineering option will earn a BEng in Civil Engineering with a Structural Engineering option.

A student graduating with a BEng in Civil Engineering may apply for registration with the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) as a Professional Engineer (PEng).

The objective of the first year transition program is to provide students, who may need more time to adapt to the demanding university curriculum, with an immediate opportunity to upgrade their Academic Standing. In the second semester, Phase I of the transition program offers all first semester core courses: CHY 102, MTH 140, MTH 141, and PCS 211 in parallel with the second semester regular program courses. Students who have failed and/or are missing any one of these courses at the end of the first semester are required to upgrade their Academic Standing through enrolling in the transition program. During the condensed Spring semester (May-July) Phase II of the transition program offers all second semester core courses: AER 222, BME 100, CHE 200, CHY 211, CPS 125, CVL 207, ELE 202, MEC 222, MTH 240, MTL 200, and PCS 125. These courses represent a repeat of the second semester regular program courses that were not taken by students enrolled in Phase I of the transition program. These courses will be offered subject to adequate enrolment.

Highly innovative and proactive retention strategies play an important role in helping students build the skills for success in a demanding engineering curriculum. Through the First-Year Engineering Office, the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science has incorporated the Early Intervention Program into the first-year engineering experience. At the semester's mid-point, students who are failing courses in their core curriculum are identified and encouraged to attend an interview with a member of our academic support team (Program Director/Academic Advisor and/or the Student Counsellor). Together, they discuss options to help reduce the chances of academic failure.

All new engineering students are automatically enrolled in CEN 199: Writing Skills.

CEN 199 is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, and is used to track the results of the Writing Skills Test (WST).

All students admitted into engineering are required to write the mandatory Writing Skills Test (WST) during Orientation Week. Students who pass the WST (by achieving a grade of ‘B' or higher) will receive a PASS in CEN 199 and therefore may enrol in the lower level liberal studies course of their choice (subject to availability).

Students who do not pass the WST will receive an INP (In Progress Grade) in CEN 199 and will be required to enrol in one of LNG 111, LNG 112, LNG 113, or LNG 121 as their first-year lower level liberal studies course. These courses, which count toward lower level liberal studies requirements, are writing-intensive humanities and social science courses designed to give students the opportunity to strengthen their foundations in communication. These students will then have three additional opportunities to write and pass the WST:

  • In May, following 2nd Semester.
  • During Orientation Week before 3rd Semester.
  • In May, following 4th Semester.

A PASS in CEN 199: Writing Skills is required to enrol in all third-year engineering courses. Students with a grade of INP in CEN 199 will not be allowed to enrol in any third-year engineering course.

Detailed information is available from the First-Year Engineering Office. Room ENG 377 Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4261.

Third year students with CLEAR Academic Standing may opt to enrol in the Co-op Internship. If they are selected by one of the partner corporations, they spend a period of 12-16 months, from May to September of the following year, as engineering interns at the corresponding corporations. After the completion of the Co-op Internship, students return to the academic program to complete their final year of studies. Enrolment in the Co-op Internship extends the program to five years.

The Co-op Internship students enrol in the course WKT 90A/B Co-operative Internship Program during the academic year in which they work as interns. This course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Completion of the Co-operative Internship Program will be identified on the student's transcript as WKT 90A/B: Co-operative Internship Program, with the appropriate grade achieved.

This option provides students with a solid foundation in innovation and entrepreneurship theory as well as the immersive experience of advancing and shaping an idea into a business. The lecture courses cover principles of engineering economics, entrepreneurship and innovation management, and technology based new venture creation. The practicum will guide students through the process of identifying a new business concept, developing their technology, and preparing their business for market readiness. For eligibility, registration and course information see Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OS EIE).

Students can enrich their studies and hone their management skills with the Optional Specialization in Management Sciences. Courses within the optional specialization cover four major areas in management sciences: Strategic Engineering Management, Operations Management/Operations Research, Finance, and Organizational Behaviour. For eligibility, registration, and course information see Optional Specialization in Management Sciences (OS MS).

Applicants approved into an Engineering program cannot expect to receive any transfer credits in Engineering discipline or Engineering related discipline courses if their applicable post-secondary education was not completed at a program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Refer to Engineers Canada for a listing of CEAB accredited institutions.

Core and professional engineering course transfer credits will ONLY be granted at the time of admission. An Offer of Admission will notify the applicant of transfer credit decision(s) subject to acceptance of their Offer.

Liberal studies discipline courses taken at CEAB accredited or non-accredited schools will be considered for either lower- or upper-level liberal studies transfer credit. College courses, in general, are not eligible for transfer credit except in the case of lower-level liberal studies courses.

Students must take two lower level liberal studies courses and two upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, and Undeclared Engineering

ARB, CHN, FRE, GRK, SPN and WLG courses are not available for credit.

BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183, ITM 277, MEC 110, PCS 111, PCS 181, PCS 182 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering

BLG 599, BLG 699, CHY 583, CHY 599, CPS 650, MTH 511, MTH 599 and PCS 581 are not available for credit.

ARB 301, ARB 401, CHN 301, CHN 401. FRE 301, FRE 401, SPN 301, SPN 401, SPN 510 and SPN 610 are not available for credit.

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website for complete details.

Civil Engineering - Common First Two Years

1st Semester

Common to Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Programs.

REQUIRED:

CEN 100 Introduction to Engineering
CEN 199* Writing Skills
CHY 102 General Chemistry
MTH 140 Calculus I
MTH 141 Linear Algebra
PCS 211 Physics: Mechanics

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

CPS 125 Digital Computation and Programming
CVL 207 Graphics
ECN 801 Principles of Engineering Economics
MTH 240 Calculus II
MTL 200 Materials Science Fundamentals
PCS 125 Physics: Waves and Fields

* Graded on a pass-fail basis.

Revised 2017-2018.

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

CVL 300 Environmental Science and Impact Assess
CVL 320 Strength of Materials I
CVL 323 Fundamentals of Surveying
CVL 405 Probability and Statistics for Engineers
MTH 425 Differential Equations and Vector Calculus

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

CMN 432 Communication in the Engineering Professions
CVL 316 Transportation Engineering
CVL 400 Hydrology and Water Resources
CVL 420 Strength of Materials II
CVL 423 Geology for Engineers
CVL 434 Geotechnical Properties of Soils

Note: All required core courses in 1st and 2nd semester are prerequisites to all required core courses in 3rd semester.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

CVL 352 Geomatics Measurement Techniques
CVL 500 Introduction to Structural Design
CVL 501 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
CVL 533 Concrete Materials
MTH 510 Numerical Analysis

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

CVL 354 Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
CVL 601 Wastewater Engineering
CVL 609 Civil Engineering Systems
CVL 633 Highway Materials
CVL 735 Highway Design

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

NOTE: Students who have a CLEAR Academic Standing may opt to enrol in the Co-operative Internship Program. Eligible students should select WKT 90A/B on the course intention form - Please contact the Department of Civil Engineering.

Revised Curriculum begins 2017-2018.

  • In the 7th Semester, students select either the Environmental or the Transportation Stream.
  • In the 8th Semester, students must continue in that same Stream.
  • Students will complete only one Stream.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

CVL 736 Geospatial Information Systems

REQUIRED GROUP 1*: Students complete one Capstone Design Project from their selected stream:

CVL 71A/B Environment Capstone Design Project
CVL 72A/B Transportation Capstone Design Project

PROFESSIONAL:
Students complete two courses from ONE of the Streams listed below.

Environmental Stream:

CVL 903 Water Resources Engineering
CVL 913 Water Supply Engineering

Transportation Stream:

CVL 902 Traffic Operations and Management
CVL 910 Transportation Planning

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from the following:

ENG 503 Science Fiction
GEO 702 Technology and the Contemporary Environment
HST 701 Scientific Technology and Modern Society
PHL 709 Religion, Science and Philosophy
POL 507 Power, Change and Technology

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

CEN 800 Law and Ethics in Engineering Practice
CVL 650 Satellite Geodesy
CVL 742 Project Management

REQUIRED GROUP 1*: Students continue with the Capstone Design Project started in the Fall term:

CVL 71A/B Environment Capstone Design Project
CVL 72A/B Transportation Capstone Design Project

PROFESSIONAL:
Students must continue in the same stream started in 7th Semester. Complete one course listed in the Streams below:

Environmental Stream:

CVL 901 Municipal Solid Waste Management

Transportation Stream:

CVL 900 Pavement Design and Management

*CVL 71A/B and CVL 72A/B are two-term courses.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program - Structural Engineering Option

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

CVL 313 Structural Analysis
CVL 500 Introduction to Structural Design
CVL 533 Concrete Materials
CVL 600 Foundation Engineering
MTH 510 Numerical Analysis

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

CVL 312 Computer Aided Structural Analysis
CVL 410 Structural Concrete Design I
CVL 411 Structural Steel Design
CVL 609 Civil Engineering Systems
CVL 633 Highway Materials

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

NOTE: Students who have a CLEAR Academic Standing may opt to enrol in the Co-operative Internship Program. Eligible students should select WKT 90A/B on the course intention form - Please contact the Department of Civil Engineering.

Revised Curriculum begins 2017-2018.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

CVL 70A/B* Structural Capstone Design Project
CVL 904 Structural Concrete Design II
CVL 905 Bridge Design and Construction
CVL 908 Structural Building Systems

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from the following:

ENG 503 Science Fiction
GEO 702 Technology and the Contemporary Environment
HST 701 Scientific Technology and Modern Society
PHL 709 Religion, Science and Philosophy
POL 507 Power, Change and Technology

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

CEN 800 Law and Ethics in Engineering Practice
CVL 70A/B* Structural Capstone Design Project
CVL 742 Project Management
CVL 900 Pavement Design and Management
CVL 906 Renovation/Repair of Existing Structures

*CVL 70A/B is a two-term course. Students must continue the same project they started in the Fall. Contact the department for more details.

Program Advisory Council

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S. Alkarawi, PEng, LEED
Projects Coordinator
City of Brampton

N. Day
Head of Geomatics Section
Ministry of Transportation (Ontario), Eastern Region

D. Demetrick-Tattle
President
Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd.

Y. Elzohairy, PEng
Manager, Road Safety Policy Office
Ontario Ministry of Transportation

N. Erakovic, PEng
Principal, Structural Engineering
CH2MHILL

R. S. Hanmer, MBA, PEng

E. Poon, BEng, MASc, MS (CPM), PEng, PMP
Project Manager, Twin Tunnels, Spadina Subway Extensions
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

D. B. Richardson, PEng, PTOE
Senior Project Manager & Partner
MMM Group Limited

M. Samaan, PEng
Director, Transportation Structures
WSP Canada Inc.

H. Schell, MSc, PEng
Head of Concrete Section
Ontario Ministry of Transportation

R. Skeates, PEng
Senior Program Consultant
Ministry of the Environment

S. Smith, MES, PGeo
Senior Hydrologist
Stantec Consulting