Civil engineers build cities and communities. They tackle 21st century challenges including sustainability, climate change, public health, resilience, and clean water.
Civil engineers are:
- planners, designers, constructors, and operators of the built environment — the spaces where people live, and the infrastructure we depend on like buildings, bridges, transportation, drinking water and wastewater systems
- kaitiaki (stewards of our natural environment)
- innovators and integrators of ideas, people, and technology
- managers of risk and uncertainty
Civil engineers work in interdisciplinary teams and with communities, including mana whenua, to create cutting-edge and creative approaches to solve complex and large-scale challenges.
Minors in Structural Engineering and Water and Environmental Systems Engineering
With the Structural Engineering minor, you will learn state-of-the-art approaches, and gain the expertise to work in Aotearoa and around the world in challenging and exciting large-scale structural engineering projects such as bridges, buildings, skyscrapers, dams, and towers.
A minor in Water and Environmental Systems Engineering focuses on solving the greatest challenges facing Aotearoa and the world: climate change, natural hazards, river and water quality, food production, population health, etc. Environmental systems engineers integrate our understanding of engineering, communities, and the environment in a way that is ethical and effective.
- UC is ranked 9th in the world for Civil Engineering (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2021), and in the top 100 universities in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
- World-class, high-tech laboratories on campus.
- Strong mentorship opportunities.
- Ability to build and compete in fun and engaging programmes, such as the bridge competition within your second year.
- Close community of students and professors.
- The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering is fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand.
You also need to complete one other 100-level optional course. Check with Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering Student Advisor for suggested options.
Once you have completed the first year and successfully applied for entry into Civil Engineering, you will study that discipline within the next three years.
Laboratory, tutorial, design, office, and field classes complement the theory presented in lectures. As well as individual assignments, you will also regularly work in teams on projects. Written and oral presentations are also key components of many courses.
- Complete the following list of courses
An external field camp also forms part of the second year's programme.
- Complete the following list of courses
Plus one of:
Plus four courses chosen from the optional list, or any approved 400-level Engineering courses
Those with a GPA of 6 or more may take a 600-level course as one of their options, with approval.
Civil engineers have extensive career opportunities, with a strong demand for graduates in Aotearoa and around the world.
Most new graduates are employed by consultants (who design and manage), contractors (who build and maintain), or central, regional, and local government (who develop policy and manage the infrastructure of countries, cities, and communities). These jobs often involve flexible work, challenging problems, and attractive salaries, along with many international opportunities in a diverse range of fields.
Many civil engineers become experts in specialised fields to tackle the demand for climate-resilient infrastructure and support a future global population of 10 billion people. Expert areas include structural, water, geotechnical, transportation, fire, environmental, civil systems, and construction.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Civil Engineering.
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