Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program

Civil engineering focuses on the design, infrastructure and sustainability of the structures and systems that support our daily lives, from the deepest tunnels to the tallest buildings.

You will learn from global experts in some of the world’s most advanced and unique facilities. Your courses in applied structural mechanics, fluid mechanics, geology and engineering ecology will prepare you to create solutions that will directly impact quality of life, from designing disaster-resistant structures to building systems that supply clean water to remote communities.

Areas of Focus

  • Building Science
  • Construction Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mining & Geomechanics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering & Planning

Sample PEY Co-op Employers

Aecon Construction


Ferrovial Agroman (U.S.)

Toronto Hydro

Toronto Transit Commission

Sample Career Trajectories

City Planning

Energy Use and Supply

Environmental Management

Transportation and Infrastructure

Water Treatment and Sustainable Use

Portrait of Sara Maltese


Sara Maltese

Graduation Year:


PEY Co-op:

Sara worked at global engineering firm LeighFisher as a consultant.

Memorable Experience:

Landing her first summer job in engineering from a civil engineering alumnus who was a guest lecturer in her class.

Fun Fact:

When Sara was in high school, a member of U of T’s chapter of Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) came to speak at her school. Feeling inspired, she joined WISE when she became a U of T Engineering student. Throughout her degree, she served in a range of WISE roles and inspired many more young women to pursue engineering.

Current Job:

She is a project manager at Infrastructure Ontario.

“My experience at U of T Engineering made me a problem solver. And my time working with WISE taught me how much can be accomplished by a team under great leadership. Because of these experiences, I approach everything I do with the confidence to figure it out.”

Civil Engineering First-year Courses

Fall Term

(common to all Core 8 programs)

  • Orientation to Engineering 
  • Engineering Strategies & Practice I 
  • Mechanics  
  • Engineering Chemistry & Materials Science 
  • Linear Algebra 
  • Calculus I 

Winter Term

  • Engineering Strategies & Practice II
  • Fundamentals of Computer Programming
  • Calculus II
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Intro to Civil Engineering

Did you know?

To learn the art and science of land and water surveying, civil and mineral engineering students take part in a two-week camp at beautiful Gull Lake, located three hours north of Toronto. Last year, camp celebrated its 100th anniversary.