Engineering is at the centre of human progress with a focus on improving quality of life. Civil engineers are vital to any community – planning, building and maintaining our environments while meeting the responsibilities of sustaining our natural world. Their innovations are everywhere, from the development of cities to advancements in health care.


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta is ranked as one of the top civil engineering departments in Canada. Students have the opportunity to study in a variety of research areas such as: biomedicalconstructionenvironmentalgeotechnicalmaterialsstructuraltransportation and water resources engineering – all under one roof.


Students who are interested in Civil & Environmental Engineering have the option of completing one of three degrees:

  • BSc in Civil Engineering

  • BSc in Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering Option

  • BSc in Civil Engineering with Biomedical Engineering Option

The following are some of the education streams comprised in Civil Engineering:


Environmental engineers apply their knowledge of the natural sciences – chemistry, biology, and microbiology – with their expertise in civil engineering to design municipal services and to solve environmental problems. As an environmental engineer you might be involved in performing an environmental impact assessment, in designing or managing systems for water distribution and collection, water treatment plants, solid waste handling and processing facilities, landfills, and air treatment plants.

Career Opportunities:

  • Government policy consultant

  • Solid waste management

  • Air quality monitoring

  • Public Health Industry


Geotechnical engineers have a specialized knowledge of the properties and behaviour of soils and rock. Working as a geotechnical engineer, you might be involved in the design of the foundation for a high-rise office tower, analyze the stability of a slope or fill, or predict the forces acting on the lining of a subway tunnel.​

Career Opportunities:

  • Field and laboratory testing

  • Oil sands policy making

  • Disaster management and evaluation

  • Designing earthworks

  • Foundation design

  • Mining operations


Transportation engineers plan and design street and highway systems, transit systems, airports, and railroads needed for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. Here, you might be involved in the modeling and prediction of transportation demands; in the analysis of the traffic impact of a new development, industrial complex, or shopping centre; or in the design of traffic control and other operational measures.

Career Opportunities:

  • Transportation engineer

  • Transit planner

  • Traffic engineer

  • Transportation modeler

  • Travel demand estimator

  • Traffic impact assessor

  • Transportation authority


Construction engineers combine management skills with their knowledge of construction methods to build facilities that are safe and on budget. In this field you might be involved as a site engineer in the building of projects ranging from shopping malls to bridges, or as a planner for projects ranging from housing developments to transportation systems.

The School is also proud to host:

Each of these programs create unique and exceptional research opportunities for our students.

Career Opportunities:

  • Site manager

  • Safety inspector

  • Project management

  • Construction consultant

  • Site engineer

  • Residential and commercial property developer


Structural engineers design buildings, bridges, towers, and structures of numerous proportions. Structural engineers determine the forces that elements of the structure must resist, select the materials and dimensions so that the structure will safely withstand those forces.

Career Opportunities:

  • Structural design and construction

  • Public works departments

  • Resource industries

  • Consultant

  • Government


Water resources engineers deal with the control and utilization of water by society. They study the physical processes of water flow essential to the understanding, protection, and improvement of the environment. Water resources engineers develop solutions for flood control, water distribution, wastewater collection, irrigation drainage, river navigation, facilitation and hydroelectric power development.

Career Opportunities:

  • Government authorities

  • Computer analyst

  • Climate change impact planning

  • Hydrologist

  • Resource management

  • Designing and engineering water systems


The U of A is at the forefront of medical breakthroughs that are coming directly from biomechanical engineers studying here. Students look at age-old challenges in new ways with a focus on articular cartilage, mechanics of joints, artificial joints, tissue engineering, biofluidics, imaging, human motion capture and computational methods.

Career Opportunities:

  • Medical device design

  • Clinical applications

  • Research specialists


More than 500 graduate students from around the world are enrolled in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering degree programs. The Department & School offer graduate students specialized research degree programs leading to three graduate degree programs: Master of Science (MSc), Master of Engineering (MEng), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Our research groups have access to many unique, state-of-the-art laboratories, an excellent support network, and an active and integrative local industry.

Our Department is home to many world leaders in their disciplines, including six NSERC Industrial Research Chairs, the Nanofibre Research Chair in Forest Products, the C.W. Carry Professor of Steel Structures, the MCAA Chair in Masonry Systems and a Canada Research Chair in Natural Resources Uncertainty Management, among many others who are active, internationally-recognized leaders in their research areas.

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