Civil engineering is the design and construction of society's larger infrastructure, including transportation networks (e.g. highways, bridges, airports), small and large scale water resource projects such as dams and associated works (e.g. canals, pipelines, components of power systems), and works associated with protection and/or enhancement of the environment (e.g. waste containment and management systems, land reclamation, water quality protection).

Quick facts
  • 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

The undergraduate program presents a challenging and interesting workload. The first two years of classes are based upon core engineering subjects. The third and fourth years of classes are specialised in technical and design-based principles. We offer the advantage of small classes, large lab facilities, superb faculty and excellent support staff. 

A first-year schedule sample

All first year engineering students will take a common set of classes before entering a specialization, such as civil engineering, in their second year.


Fall Term
CHEM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers
COMM 102 Introduction to Business Management
GE 101 Introduction to the Engineering Profession
GE 111 Engineering Problem Solving
GE 124 Engineering Mechanics I
MATH 123 Calculus I for Engineers

Winter Term
GE 121 Engineering Design
GE 125 Engineering Mechanics II
MATH 124 Calculus II for Engineers
PHYS 155 Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 125* Physics and Technology
INDG 107* Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

* 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 329: Transportation Engineering
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.

CE 416: Geotechnical Engineering Practice
Applications in geoengineering with an emphasis on practical design of earthworks, foundations, excavations and earth-retaining structures. Design and construction of shallow foundations based on bearing capacity and settlement analysis. Design and installation of deep foundations including piles and caissons. Introduction to geosynthetics and soil reinforcement, ground improvement and special construction techniques. As a major component of the course mark, students carry out a "real world" field investigation in small groups, plan and implement an appropriate laboratory testing program and complete a Geotechnical Investigation and Design Report. Emphasis is on analysis and design as well as constructability and long term performance. A theme of construction site safety runs throughout the course.

CE 420: 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.

Engineering programs at uSask are highly rated by independent bodies such as the National Education Foundation. The uSask Civil Engineering program is well-ranked among universities in Canada and North America and is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Capstone Design Project

You will complete several design projects throughout your degree, but perhaps the most exciting is our fourth-year Capstone Design Project. The Capstone Design Project allows you to apply top-down design principles to a year-long project, starting with a basic description of the product or system and culminating in a presentation of a final working design. You will gain first-hand experience in the application of a formal design process while earning credit toward your degree.


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
  • construction
  • project management
  • resource development (for example, mining)
  • a wide range of companies

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $8,172 $21,247
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $10,507 $23,582

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).
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 $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.)

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:

You will learn how to negotiate the political, rhetorical, ethical and interpersonal challenges of communicating in a professional environment. You can complete this Certificate during your Bachelor of Engineering degree.

The Engineering Professional Internship Program is a full-time internship opportunity which includes a minimum of eight months of professionally supervised work experience. By participating in an internship, you're able to apply the theoretical knowledge you've acquired during your undergraduate studies in a practical and challenging workplace environment.

As an intern you will earn a competitive salary and vacation pay, and may receive a benefits package. You will maintain your full-time student status during your internship. Interns gain practical and in-depth experience within a specialized field, develop strong interpersonal skills, write reports, present seminars and supervise others. These are employable skills that will allow you to better market yourself in a competitive job market. 

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Early AdmissionFinal Deadline
September 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018

You can also begin this program in May or July. Application deadline is February 15, 2018, documents are due one month later.

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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