Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)

Be a hands-on builder—help shape the world by analyzing, planning, designing, constructing and maintaining “built” environments for safe, healthy and sustainable living.

Why study Civil Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Earn while you learn

Develop international insights, industry connections, and job experience while completing a paid Engineering Co-op work term in BC, across Canada, or anywhere in the world.

Design from the start

Begin your studies with project-based team learning, which provides foundational engineering skills and strengthens design projects. Work in state-of-the-art facilities such as the High Head Lab for the creation, testing and analysis of environmental and infrastructure projects.

Research connections

Tap into research opportunities and the expertise of renowned professors exploring diverse themes in a variety of areas including water environments, infrastructure management, construction materials, transportation engineering, geo-technical, rock engineering, and much more.

what you need to know

The path to a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree begins at the School of Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science with Engineering One & Two—foundation years rooted in project-based team learning.

Students acquire a broad understanding of engineering principles within Applied Sciences (APSC) before selecting one of five Engineering (ENGR) programs, including Civil Engineering. All lead to a UBC Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Course content is amplified through lectures, hands-on laboratory work in cutting-edge facilities, team-based projects and early design experience. You will also be immersed in active industry and community involvement.

UBC’s Civil Engineering students are solidly schooled from the ground up—from soil mechanics and foundation engineering, to the design of structures, roads and transportation networks, river and flood management systems, construction management and law, environmental engineering (water and wastewater networks and treatment plants, air pollution, and waste management), and municipal engineering.

Third- and fourth-year students further hone their expertise by taking more specialized courses in civil engineering sub-disciplines. Many gain valuable employment skills locally and abroad through the Engineering Co-op program.

At UBC’s Okanagan campus, first-year Engineering One curriculum in Applied Sciences includes fundamentals of sustainable engineering design, drawing and CAD/CAM, electricity, magnetism, dynamics and technical communication.

Browse first- and second-year Applied Sciences courses and descriptions.

Browse all Engineering courses in third and fourth years.

Sample courses in Civil Engineering:

  • ENGR 325 – Civil Engineering Materials
  • ENGR 330 – Optimization and Decision Analysis for Civil Engineering
  • ENGR 425 – Design of Steel and Timber Structures
  • ENGR 428 – Earthquake Engineering

Review the School of Engineering’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.

Engineering Co-op
Co-operative work-placement opportunities exist for engineering students. Earn a degree and relevant, paid work experience at the same time. Apply through the Engineering Co-operative Education Office in September of Year 2 or Year 3 of the BASc degree program. Learn more about the Engineering Co-op Program.

More options:

Learn about graduate studies at the School of Engineering.

For your application to be considered, you’ll need to do three things:

  • Meet general requirements (e.g., graduate from secondary school)
  • Demonstrate a certain level of English competency
  • Meet specific requirements for the degree you’re applying to.

Then, UBC will take a closer look at your application. We’ll read your Personal Profile to get a sense of who you are and what you’ve achieved.  We’ll also look at all of your Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses, paying special attention to the courses that relate to the degree you’re applying to.

Find your specific requirements at

Application Deadlines 
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Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan’s fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

Apply to UBC’s School of Engineering at—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world’s top universities.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Civil Engineering introduces you to the broad field of engineering that deals with the planning, construction and maintenance of fixed structures and public works.


  • Bridge engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Construction engineer
  • Earthquake engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geodetic engineer
  • Geomatics engineer
  • Highway engineer
  • Hydraulics engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Municipal engineer
  • Project engineer (construction)
  • Public works engineer
  • Sanitation engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Surveying engineer
  • Traffic engineer
  • Transit engineer
  • Transportation engineer
  • Water management engineer
  • Consulting industry: general civil, water, structural, urban development and land use, transportation, geotechnical, environmental
  • Construction industry: construction management, structural, bridges
  • Government: infrastructure management, municipalities, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Ministry of Forestry, Ministry of Mining.

Co-operative work-placement opportunities exist for engineering students. Earn a degree and relevant, paid work experience at the same time. Apply through the Engineering Co-operative Education Office in September of Year 2 or Year 3 of the BASc degree program. Learn more about the Engineering Co-op Program.

The School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus recruits Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate students to study in our world-class research programs in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

The course-based Master of Engineering (MEng) program is designed for engineering graduates who want to advance their careers with enhanced technical and management knowledge.

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) is a 12-month, full-time professional Masters program that equips industry specialists with the skills and perspective needed to lead and deliver complex, cross-discipline projects and operational results in natural resource industries. This program is suited to students who wish to pursue their education in Resource Engineering Management beyond the undergraduate level, but who do not wish to pursue a thesis research program. (First offering in 2018, pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.)

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions.
  • Apply for funding through the Professional Activities Fund (PAF) and take part in a competition, conference, or field trip.
  • Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career with experience in Engineering research.

  • In the Civil discipline, the School of Engineering undertakes research in areas such as sustainable urban development, life-cycle management, and geohazards assessment and mitigation.
  • Work with renowned professors exploring diverse themes in a variety of areas including water environments, infrastructure management, construction materials, transportation engineering, geo-technical engineering, and much more.

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé.

  • Gain work experience and get paid while taking part in Co-op, a program that allows students to supplement their studies with professional on-the-job training in BC, Canada or abroad. Contact UBC Okanagan’s Engineering Co-op Program Office by phone at 250.807.9279 or email.
  • Apply your knowledge to a real-world engineering challenge as part of Capstone, a team-based consulting project that provides students with invaluable experience, industry connections, and something to talk about at that first big job interview.
  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.


The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the psychology program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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On the first day of university, faculties offer “Meet the Faculty” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation: CREATE.

Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who’ve been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres, including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.

Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

Our students are proven visionaries, taking the initiative to launch new clubs and societies to further build their skills and connections outside the classroom.

The School of Engineering has over 16 student clubs and groups, and that number grows every year.

Here is a list of some of these organizations: Engineering Society, Alpha Omega Epsilon, Aero Club, BC Water & Waste Water Association Student Chapter, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Student Chapter, Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering Student Chapter, Engineers Without Borders, EngiQueers, Global Engineering Community, Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race Team, IEEE Student Chapter, Motorsports Club, Sigma Phi Delta and Women in Engineering.

Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, includes a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

Find out more about living in residence at

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at