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.
What You Need to Know
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.
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.
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 three 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.
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.
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.
- Minor in Management
- Minor in Computer Science
- Pre-Med Option
- Manufacturing Engineering program (pending Ministry approval, 2019)
Learn about graduate studies at the School of Engineering.
British Columbia High School Requirements
- English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
- Pre-calculus 12
- Chemistry 12
- Physics 12
For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc.
Click here to view programs and requirements available for transfer students and international students to achieve success in transitioning to the School of Engineering.
Deadlines and Fees
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.
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.
How to Apply
Apply to UBC's School of Engineering at you.ubc.ca—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.
Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."
Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.
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.
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.
Travel and Learn
- 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.
Scholarships & Awards
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.
- Work with a faculty member on research funded through a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) undergraduate student research award.
- Check out these videos: Students and professors discuss the Undergraduate Research Conference and Jeffrey Krupa: 2017 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.
- 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.
Meet Your Peers and Profs
Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about the School of Engineering program at UBC's Okanagan campus: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.
Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus
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 Engineering 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.
Tour the Campus
- Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
- 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.
Day One: What to Expect
On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" 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.
Take advantage of Learning Support Services designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of support programs, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.
The Library’s Writing and Research Centre can help you articulate your ideas and pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and course work.
Peer mentors are a great resource—ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
Get involved and stay active with amenities and opportunities such as workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, athletic courts, fitness classes and varsity athletics.
Clubs and Associations
- Join one of many Engineering clubs and associations such as Women in Engineering, the Engineering Society at UBC, and the Global Engineering Community.
- Work with a team on a Formula One car, join the Concrete Toboggan Club, or learn to use power tools—all activities offered through various campus clubs.
Living in Residence
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.
The Okanagan: What to Expect
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.
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.
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