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Program Overview


The program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to enter the Civil Engineering profession. 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 municipality and government agencies.

Students who commence the program on or after Fall 2014, after completing two years in the Civil Engineering program, 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 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 fourth year of the program. An enrolment cap for the Environmental or Transportation Streams will be similar to that mentioned above.

Students who commenced the program prior to Fall 2014, should refer to the Program Overview as published in the 2013-2014 Ryerson University Undergraduate Calendar.

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 by the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) as a Professional Engineer (PEng).


1. Students entering their third year with a CGPA equal to or greater than 2.5 will be automatically admitted to the option of their choice, provided that (i) they achieved a minimum grade of C- in their first attempt in each of the following courses: CVL 323, CVL 316, and CVL 400 for the Civil Engineering Program and CVL 320, CVL 420, and CVL 434 for the Structural Engineering Option and (ii) enrollment in either the Civil Engineering Program or the Structural Engineering Option does not exceed 60% of total students entering the third year.

2. The remaining students will be ranked according to their cumulative performance in their first attempt in the relevant courses (CVL 323, CVL 316, and CVL 400 for the Civil Engineering Program and CVL 320, CVL 420, and CVL 434 for the Structural Engineering Option), and admitted to the option of their first choice subject to enrollment limit of 60% of total students joining the third year.

3. Ranking of students and selection of students continuing in the Civil Engineering Program or joining the Structural Engineering Option will be finalized on May 30, 2016. Students who do not meet the above-mentioned criteria on, or before, May 30, 2016 will not be considered regarding their first choice of either the Structural Engineering Option or the Civil Engineering Program.

4. The above criteria are for students entering third year in Fall 2016/Winter 2017 and are subject to change in future academic years.


The objective of the transition program is to provide the first year 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 to the second semester regular program courses. Students who have failed and/or are missing 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 term (May-July) Phase II of the transition program offers all second semester core courses: AER222, 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 their transition program. These courses will be offered subject to adequate enrollment.


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) and/or Ryerson Test of English Proficiency (RTEP).

All students admitted into engineering, except those who wrote the RTEP and achieved a grade of ‘B' or higher, 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) or the RTEP (by achieving a grade of ‘B' or higher) will receive a PASS in CEN 199 and therefore may enroll in the lower level Liberal Studies course of their choice (subject to availability).

Students who do not pass the WST, or achieved a ‘C' level remedial pass on the RTEP, will receive an INP (In Progress Grade) in CEN 199 and will be required to enroll 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 towards 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 Semester 2.
     • During Orientation Week prior to Semester 3.
     • In May, following Semester 4.

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

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

The Co-operative Internship Program provides full-time undergraduate students who have successfully completed three years of the civil engineering program the opportunity to obtain valuable work experience and practical on-the-job training in an industrial organization. Third year students with a CLEAR academic standing may opt to enroll in the program. 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 industrial internship, students return to the academic program to complete their final year of studies. Enrollment in the program extends the undergraduate program to five years.

The students register in the course WKT 090 Co-operative Internship Program during the academic year in which they work as interns. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. A PSD grade has no numerical value and is not included in a student’s grade point average; a Failure is graded as an ‘F’ and is included in a student’s grade point average. Participation and successful completion of the program however, appears in the student’s academic transcript. You may also use the 12 to 16 month work experience time period in your application for Professional Engineers of Ontario licensing. Please
see for further information. For further information on the Civil Engineering Co-operative Internship Program, please visit


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 court information see Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OS EIE) in the 2015/2016 Ryerson Calendar.


Students who opt for this specialization will gain a solid foundation in management science courses, specifically tailored to better prepare them for a career in engineering or applied science management or for graduate studies in management related specializations (e.g. MBA). Students must complete all first year courses and obtain a CLEAR Standing to be eligible to enroll in this specialization.

Furthermore, in order to continue taking courses within the specialization, students must maintain their CLEAR Standing. Students' CGPAs will continue to be calculated based only on their required program courses and separate CGPAs will be computed for courses in the specialization. In order to have the specialization designation reflected on their degrees, students must successfully complete all six courses in the specialization and achieve a CGPA of 1.67 or more before graduation.

Courses within the optional specialization cover four major areas in management sciences: Strategic Engineering Management, Operations Management/Operations Research, Finance and Organizational Behaviour. Required courses include: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management, Operations Management, Managerial Accounting, and Organization Design & Dynamics. Elective courses span the following: Investment Analysis, Management Information Systems, Operations Research, and Project Management.

Required courses:

EMS 201 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
EMS 202 Operations Management
EMS 204 Organization Design and Dynamics
EMS 303 Managerial Accounting
ECN 801 Principles of Engineering Economics

Elective courses (select one):

EMS 203 Investment Analysis
EMS 301 Management Information Systems
EMS 302 Operations Research
EMS 304 Project Management

Courses are only offered in the Spring (May-July) term. All required courses are prerequisite to the corresponding elective courses. For example, EMS 201 is a prerequisite to EMS 301 . Additional prerequisites may be required. See the course description pages for details.

Contact the First-Year and Common Engineering Office (FYCEO) or visit for more information.


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 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.


Liberal Studies

Students must complete two lower level liberal studies courses and two upper level liberal studies courses to graduate.

Liberal Studies - Students approved to first year prior to Fall 2008

Students must complete two lower level liberal studies courses and four upper level liberal studies courses to graduate.


Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson with exceptions. Please refer to the Minors Policy section of the Calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and restrictions.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

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