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Areas of Specialty

Within the curriculum, students have multiple Civil Engineering technical electives. Students must take two courses from the elective courses within a focus group (Geotechnical, Structures, Transportation, or Water Resources) to complete a focus group. Students may fulfill more than one focus group. Example plans of study are given below for specialization in each of the given focus groups. These are given for guidance only and students are encouraged to tailor their selection of technical electives as needed with input from their advisor.

Environmental/Water Resources Engineering includes hydrology (surface water and groundwater), hydraulic engineering, water resources analysis, and environmental fluid mechanics.


Geotechnical Engineeringincludes the study of mechanical behaviour of geomaterials (soils and rocks), in relation to design and construction of civil engineering structures such as foundations, embankments and excavations.

Structural Engineering is the planning, analysis and design of structures including buildings, bridges, parking structures, and stadiums.

Transportation Engineering focuses on traffic systems operations and safety, highway planning and design, and the maintenance and operation of transportation facilities.

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