Program Description

As a civil engineer, you will play a critical role in designing, upgrading, and maintaining infrastructure.

  • One of the broadest, most versatile engineering degrees available
  • Involves the application of skills and technological know-how to the design, construction, implementation, renewal and sustainability challenges facing our built environment
  • Provides participation opportunities in civil projects in construction, geotechnical, structural, municipal, transportation, hydraulic and water resource engineering

Civil engineering comprises the conception, design, operation, and maintenance of buildings, railroads, waterways, bridges, harbours, tunnels, water supply and purification systems, sewage collection and treatment facilities, hydraulic structures, and waterpower developments. The Civil Engineering curriculum provides a diversity of applied coursework and aids the student in selecting a major field of endeavour as well as a thorough background in the basic sciences and a broad understanding of the social sciences and humanities. The Civil Engineering program provides modern and comprehensive laboratory facilities in the following fields: Strength of Materials, Soil Mechanics, Hydraulics, Structures, Concrete, Sanitary Engineering, and Surveying. The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering has an active student section on campus.

Note: The baccalaureate degree program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.

What You Will Take First Year

In your first year, you will learn and explore subjects important to engineering, including:

  • Forces, motions and movement
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Mathematics and its applications
  • Design and graphical communications
  • Chemical and material interactions
  • Technical communications
  • Professional issues in the engineering disciplines
  • Thermodynamics, fluids and heat transfer

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A Rigorous, Enriching Program

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers two separate degree programs: Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Both programs are similar in many respects, but each offers its own unique strengths. If you choose to specialize in civil engineering, after the first year, you will take courses such as soil mechanics, the mechanics of deformable bodies, fluid mechanics, construction management, as well as the design of structures made of wood, concrete and steel. These will serve as a broad base to establish a career in the many different areas related to civil engineering.

Experiential Learning

The co-op option gives you a well-rounded education founded both in academic theory and real-world application. By combining your studies with full-time, paid employment in career-related positions, you will be able to apply what you learn in the classroom, gain related, hands-on experience, network with employers, explore career options and learn how to compete confidently in the job market. We offer placement opportunities with a wide range of corporate partners and government agencies.

Career Tracks

Civil Engineering graduates are employed in a wide arrange of fields, including:

  • State-of-the-art manufacturing and production
  • Business
  • Government
  • Systems design/operation/building/maintenance
  • Consulting
  • Transportation
  • Pollution control and prevention
  • Advanced computing and communications
  • Medicine and medical technology
  • Bio-based engineering
  • Research and development
  • Structural design
  • Failure analysis
  • Construction and infrastructure renewal
  • Scheduling and optimization
  • Automotive industry
  • Environmental protection
  • Project, process and systems management
  • Robotics and advanced electronics
  • Power generation and distribution
  • Design/analysis for new or rehabilitated structures and systems
  • Overseeing municipal operations

A First-class Facility

Our new, $112-million Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation (C.E.I.) rivals the technical sophistication of any postsecondary institution in Canada. The C.E.I. was constructed to meet the highest environmental standards and to provide learning opportunities throughout the facility.

Excellent Student Support

The Faculty of Engineering WINONE Office provides additional counselling, explains the educational requirements of your degree and gives you extra support to help you succeed. Our Undergraduate Student Advisors Program connects you with a select group of senior and intermediate engineering students who can:

  • Assist you in understanding key concepts
  • Advise you on how to handle tests and projects
  • Suggest student clubs and activities

Choose UWindsor

At the University of Windsor, we offer 190 high-quality programs in an international setting. Equally important, you can experience a broad range of opportunities outside the classroom:

  • Explore exchange opportunities with dozens of universities around the world.
  • Enhance your work experience through co-op programs, internships and paid research assistantships.
  • Student-led organizations play a vital role on campus and in the broader community.
  • The diversity of our students—where they are from, what they believe and how they think—will expand your mind.

Admission Requirements

All Engineering streams require a minimum 74% average from the top six high school courses, as well as an average of 74% between MHF4U, SCH4U, and SPH4U. MCV4U is strongly recommended.

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Program taught in:
  • English

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