Civil engineers build our physical world - roads and buildings, bridges and tunnels, airports and subway systems, water and sewage systems. They may specialize in foundation analysis, building and structural inspection, surveying and municipal planning.
- Four year degree
- Full-time program
- You can enter this program directly from high school
- You can begin this program off-campus
What you will learn
Starting your degree
We’ve redesigned first-year engineering at USask to help you succeed and make engineering more fun. We call the new first year RE-ENGINEERED. It’s the only program of its kind in Canada. It will get you excited and inspired about engineering.
In RE-ENGINEERED, instead of high-stakes exams, you will do more assignments and quizzes so you can improve your mark if you stumble early. Daily tutorials are part of the schedule so you can get help when you need it. And instead of final exams, you will explore the different branches of engineering in hands-on courses.
You will choose your engineering specialty – known as your major, or discipline – at the end of your first year. This is the area you will study in-depth in your upper-years classes.
RE-ENGINEERED: The new first-year program
In RE-ENGINEERED, your first-year classes will be shorter and more intensive so you can learn a broader range of material. These essential skills will form the strong foundation you need for the rest of your degree.
|Courses in both the fall and winter terms|
|Introduction to Engineering|
|Mechanics (Dynamics and Statics)|
|Additional first-year courses|
|Natural sciences and their connection to engineering|
|Hands-on experiences in the engineering disciplines|
* These are elective courses. You'll have a number of courses to choose between.
The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.
Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:
CE 320: Project Engineering
An introduction to the engineering and construction industries: the engineer's role in industry, construction and the economy. Deals with various aspects of engineering including, work plans and related studies. It also deals with the marketing of engineering services. It discusses control on construction projects and methods of ensuring quality. Construction tendering is covered in detail, including the preparation of instructions to bidders, general and supplementary conditions, specifications, receiving tenders and awarding contracts. Bidding and estimating is also discussed. Computerized precedence network scheduling using various software packages is demonstrated. This course includes discussions on construction claims, professional liability, arbitration and the use of courts to settle disputes.
CE 321: Structural Systems and Materials
The behaviour and applications of basic forms of structural systems are reviewed, including beam and column systems, arches and cable systems, trusses, braced systems and rigid frames. Limit States design principles in accordance with the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) are introduced as a means of dealing with uncertainty in design. The estimation of building loads is covered, including dead and live loads, snow and rain loads, and loads due to wind. An introduction is also given to the characteristics of common structural materials, including steel, reinforced concrete and wood.
CE 329: Transportation Engineering I
This course introduces civil engineering students to the planning, design, operation, and safety of road transportation systems. Topics include fundamentals of traffic flow theory, highway capacity analysis, geometric design, intelligent transportation systems, travel demand forecasting methods, and safety analysis.
We have RE-ENGINEERED first year
Experience RE-ENGINEERED. Our new first-year program is designed to help you succeed. We don’t want our first years to simply survive, we want you to thrive.
Your school day will start and end at the same times each day. And all first years have the same lunch-hour so you have time to join a club with your friends or fit in a workout.
Learn by doing
You will use state-of-the-art technology in the lab to learn, experiment and test your ideas. From our wind tunnel to our anechoic chamber, our students gain experience using equipment and software first-hand, rather than by watching demonstrations.
Get the academic help you need
Daily tutorials are built in to the RE-ENGINEERED schedule so you can get the help you need as soon as possible.
Our strong team of academic advisors is passionate about their work. You can book a one-on-one academic advising appointment to plan your degree and get your questions answered.
Join our community
You will be part of a welcoming community where you are noticed and supported. Our students cheer for each other and help each other succeed. We seek to be a place where students of any gender, race, ethnicity, religion, identity or background can work hard and achieve their goal of becoming an engineer.
Make an impact outside the classroom
Our student groups are well-established and successful.
You can use what you’ve learned in the classroom and develop leadership and team-building skills. Our design groups work on projects ranging from ¼-scale tractors, to steel bridges, to cube satellites.
With a degree in civil engineering, your career options can include the following:
- public and private sector
- municipal (urban or rural), provincial and federal governments
- engineering consulting
- project management
- resource development (for example, mining)
- a wide range of companies
|Canadian students||International students|
Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2023-2024 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 per year.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree is a four year program offered by the College of Engineering.
While you complete your Bachelor degree, you can also enhance your experience with the following options:
- Certificate in Professional Communication
- Certificate in Technological Innovation
- Co-op Internship Program
Admission requirements and deadlines
The entry term for most students in the College of Engineering is the fall term (September). Talk to an academic advisor first if you are considering enrolling in spring or summer classes.
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