Civil Engineering

Prerequisites and corequisites are indicated for specific courses where required. Under exceptional conditions the prerequisite or corequisite requirement may be waived with the consent of the instructor and the Department Chair. The following courses (or equivalents) are prerequisites for all 3000-level or higher Civil Engineering courses: CE1023, ENGG 1001, ENGG 1003, ENGG 1015, CS 1003, MATH 1013, MATH 1503.

The availability of elective courses should be verified with the Department of Civil Engineering before selection.


  1. See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.
  2. * indicates laboratory periods are scheduled for alternate weeks.
  3. (W) indicates courses with a significant amount of writing in English. (HIST 3925 or SOCI 2534 in the CE CORE program also have a (W) designation.)
CE1023Statics for Engineers4 ch (3C 2L)

Forces and moments are introduced with vector algebra, followed by the application of equilibrium conditions for particles and rigid bodies. Free body diagrams (FBDs) are used to analyze trusses and frames, as well as internal member forces (bending moment and shear force diagrams). Additional topics include friction, centroids, and moments of inertia.

 Prerequisite: PHYS 1081, MATH 1003, MATH 1503.

Co-requisite: MATH 1013.

CE2023Mechanics of Materials 5 ch (3C 3L)

Elastic and plastic stress, strain; behaviour of beams and columns; torsion; material strength.

Prerequisite: CE 1023

Co-requisite: MATH 1013.

CE2033Structural Analysis5 ch (3C 3L)

Influence lines, calculation of deflections, flexibility analysis, stiffness analysis and approximate analysis.

Prerequisite: CE 2023. 

CE2113Soil Mechanics I4 ch (3C 3L*)

Soil properties, seepage, effective stress, consolidation, shear strength.

Prerequisites: ESCI 1001, ESCI 1026, CE 2023.

Co-requisite: CE 2703. 

CE2703Introduction to Fluid Mechanics4 ch (3C 1T)

Physical properties of liquids and gases, fluid statics, kinematics of fluid flow, energy considerations in steady flow, momentum and dynamic forces in fluid flow, fluid measurements, introduction to forces on immersed bodies.

Prerequisites: CE 1023, MATH 1013

CE2913Numerical Problem Solving4 ch (3C 2L)

An introduction to the application of numerical methods and statistical techniques to the solution of civil engineering problems. Introduction to the systems approach and system analysis terminology. Numerical solution of civil engineering problems using root finding, interpolation, integration, and the solution of systems of algebraic equations. Introduction to the numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations. Techniques such as multiple linear regression, stepwise regression, time series analysis, nonparametric tests, and optimization are applied to the design and operation of civil engineering systems.

Prerequisites: CS 1003, STAT 2593, MATH 1503, MATH 2513

CE2973Civil Engineering Design I3 ch (2C 2L) (W) (EL)

Continued development of communication skills used by engineers through the application of the design process to meet a well-defined set of requirements and constraints. Communication aspects emphasized include graphical representations of designs, formalized design calculations, and the development of project schedules and estimates. Design aspects emphasize the generation, iteration and analyses of alternatives.

Prerequisites: ENGG 1003, ENGG 1015.

CE3053Reinforced Concrete Design I4 ch (3C 2L)

Introduction to design of reinforced concrete structural elements by limit states design. Design of beams and one way slabs for flexure and shear, bond and development of reinforcement, serviceability limits, columns, and footing design.

Prerequisites: CE 2033, CE 3513.

CE3063Structural Steel Design4 ch (3C 2L)

Learn about the design of steel structures using limit states design. Topics include an introduction to the National Building Code requirements for structrual design, steel as building material, tension members, compression members, flexural members, steel members under combined loading, fasteners, and the influence of fasteners on the capacity of steel members. Structural analysis and design software is introduced in weekly labs. 

Prerequisite: CE 2033. 

CE3123Foundation Engineering I4 ch (3C 1T)

Lateral earth pressures, shallow and deep foundations, stability of cuts and slopes.

Prerequisite: CE 2113.

CE3201Transportation Engineering5 ch (3C 3L) (EL)

Principles of transportation engineering: modal characteristics, travel demand functions, traffic flow theories and models, and vehicle-track principles. Highway transportation classification, elements and design principles. Laboratory work is field-oriented and involves elementary traffic studies.

Prerequisite: STAT 2593.

CE3403Environmental Engineering4 ch (3C 3L)

Introduces the principles of Environmental Engineering including: the application of mass and energy balances to environmental problems; the impact of pollution on ecosystems and society; water and air pollution control engineering; water quality; solid waste management and global environmental issues. Laboratory analysis of water quality parameters. Field trip to a local pollution control facility.

Prerequisite: CE 2703 or CHE 2703.
CE3513Materials for Civil Engineers4 ch (3C 2L)

The manufacture and use of Portland cement, concrete, and concrete products. Structure, production,  properties, and use of cement, concrete, asphalt and wood.

Prerequisite: CHE 2501.

CE3603Construction Engineering 4 ch (3C 2T)

The management of on-site construction processes for various project objectives (e.g., time, cost, safety, quality, environment), contracting processes and common construction work processes. Application of the NB Occupational Health and Safety Commission Act and Regulations to construction is covered. Relationships of participants in the construction industry. Standard contract documents.

Prerequisite: CE 2973.
CE3713Hydraulics and Hydrology5 ch (3C 3L)

Analysis of water flow in pipes; simulation of water distribution networks; characteristics of pumps; open channel flow. The hydrological cycle; preparation of, runoff and hydrograph analysis; return period; the Rational Method; groundwater flow.

Prerequisite: CE 2703. 

Co-requisite: CE 2913.
CE3963Engineering Economy3 ch (3C)

Basic methods of engineering economy including time value of money, compound interest models, interest and discount rates, and depreciation; critical path methods. Emphasis is placed on commonly used computational procedures. Restricted to students with at least 60 ch completed.

CE3983Civil Engineering Design II3 ch (1C 4L) (W) (EL)

Design of a system or process to meet desired needs within identified constraints and communication of the result to a broader audience. Design topics covered include the identification and application of standards, codes and regulations, and approaches for managing a broad set of design constraints such as health and safety, sustainability, economic, environmental, social, constructability, operability, and ethical. Communication skills developed in this course emphasize interaction with clients and the public.

Prerequisites: CE 2973, CE 3201, and CE 3603.

CE4993Senior Team Design6 ch (1C 3L) (EL)

Working in teams, students will complete a full year civil engineering design project that draws on their combined knowledge from the core courses in the program. By engaging an identified client with a design problem, student teams will work through the entire process of developing a design solution with the support of industry and academic mentors. Students will manage their projects professionally, prepare comprehensive design documentation, and present and defend all aspects of their design to the client and a broader audience.

Prerequisites: Completion of all Civil Engineering core courses. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

CE5043Structural Engineering4 ch (3C 2L)
Fundamentals of the stiffness method, analysis of trusses, beams and frames using the matrix stiffness method. Concepts of structural systems including common systems in buildings and bridges are introduced. Application of the structural engineering computer software is introduced.

: CE 3063.

CE5053Reinforced Concrete Design II4 ch (3C 3L)

Continuation of CE 3053. Includes a review of flexure and shear requirements for limit states design, serviceability limits and deflection calculations, torsion, slender columns, continuity, two-way slabs, and footing design. Consideration of prestressed concrete, strut-and-tie modeling, and comparison with ACI design code requirements. Requires a group design project.

Prerequisites: CE 3053. 

CE5063Structural Steel Design II4 ch (3C 2L)

Learn about structural steel systems, connections, and advanced topics. Topics include gravity framing, concentrically braced frames, moment resisting frames, Gerber framing, and bridge plate girders. Connection design for each framing system is introduced. Structural analysis and design software is incorporated in weekly labs and an open-ended steel-framed building design project. 

Prerequisites: CE 3053, CE 3063.

CE5083Structural Wood Design3 ch (3C)

Introduction to wood as a structrual material and structural principles invovled in wood design. Studetns will explore the design of individual elements (beams, columns) and timber structural systems (mass timber, hybrid systems) in a project-based approach. Light frame and mass timber lateral force resisting systems, and concepts relating to life cycle analysis will be introduced. 

Prerequisites: CE 3063, CE 3513.

CE5142Foundation Engineering II3 ch (3C)

A continuation of earlier soils engineering courses dealing with shallow foundations (including design of reinforced concrete footings), deep foundations, excavations, cofferdams and factors relating to foundation design, as well as computational lab of computer applications in Foundation Engineering. Credit will not be given for both CE 5132 and CE 5142.

Prerequisite: CE 3123. 

CE5163Advanced Soil Mechanics4 ch (3C 2L)

Advanced topics in permeability and seepage; consolidation; constitutive models; triaxial testing. Laboratory component includes triaxial, consolidation, and flexible wall permeability tests.

Prerequisite: CE 2113.

CE5203Transportation Planning4 ch (3C 2L)

Topics focus on several aspects of transportation planning, including studies and survey methods, data collection and analysis techniques, transport models, Geographic Information Systems in transportation (GIS-T), and transportation governance and policy.

Prerequisite: CE 2913, CE 3201.

CE5212Introduction to Pavement Engineering4 ch (3C 3L)

A study of the design, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of highway pavements. Design of rigid and flexible pavements and pavement overlays. Evaluation of pavement construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation methods and decision using a life cycle costing approach. Laboratory sessions examine asphalt properties, design and testing of bituminous mixtures, and quality control techniques using industry standard test procedures. 

Prerequisite: CE 2113, CE 3201, CE 3963.

CE5222Traffic Engineering4 ch (3C 3L) (EL)

Single vehicle and traffic stream characteristics; traffic studies; surveys, and analysis; traffic control devices; operations and economics of intersections and interchanges; traffic accident studies; legal and administrative aspects.

Prerequisite: CE 3201. 

CE5232Transport Facility Design4 ch (3C 2L) (W)

Topics focus on the analysis and design of highway and rail infrastructure and incorporate the economic, environmental and operational issues associated with facility development.

Prerequisite: CE 3201. 

CE5421Water Quality and Treatment4 ch (3C 2L)

Applied water chemistry, epidemiological analysis, drinking water sources and characterization, water treatment processes and design, unit operations and processes in drinking water treatment plants and their preliminary design, water treatment plant design, public health issues and case studies. The content is focused towards drinking water quality and treatment issues. 

 Prerequisites: CHEM 1982 (or equivalent) and CE 3403 or CHE 2004, or permission of course instructor. 

CE5432Wastewater Treatment and Pollution Control4 ch (3C 2L)

Wastewater characterization (physical, chemical, and biological), wastewater treatment unit operations and processes, industrial and municipal wastewater treatment (preliminary, primary, secondary, and tertiary), wastewater treatment plant design. The course content will focus on a typical wastewater treatment plant and operations. Water pollution control strategies and public health issues are also examined. 

Prerequisites: CHEM 1982 (or equivalent) and CE 3403 or CHE 2004, or permission of course instructor. 

CE5503Concrete Technology4 ch (3C 2L)

In this course the properties of cement and concrete materials are studied. Topics include (i) materials for concrete, such as portland cements, supplementary cementing materials, aggregates, and chemical admixtures; (ii) procedures for mix proportioning, batching, mixing, transporting, handling, placing, consolidating, finishing, and curing concrete; (iii) precautions necessary during hot- and cold-weather concreting; (iv) causes and methods of controlling volume changes; (v) commonly used control tests for quality concrete; (iv) introduction to special types of concrete. Applicable ASTM, AASHTO, ACI, and CSA standards are discussed.

 Prerequisite: CE 3513

CE5613Construction: Financial and Industry Issues4 ch (3C 1T) (EL)

Financial aspects of construction including methods and techniques for: estimating costs of construction; project financing and managing risks; and monitoring and controlling costs. Introduction to current issues within the industry, primarily from the financial perspective (e.g., infrastructure management, sustainable construction, quality management, technology adoption) using simulation models and case studies. 

Prerequisite: CE 3603,  CE 3963.

CE5623Project Management4 ch (3C 1T)

Application of management methods for construction projects. Emphasis on supervisory management, contracts, and management methods. Application of critical path methodology for work organization and management control, including planning and scheduling, resource management, optimization techniques and cost control methods. Restricted to students with at least 100 ch successfully completed.

Prerequisite: CE 3603

CE5643Construction: Advanced Technologies4 ch (3C 2L) (EL)

Learn about tools and techniques required in modern construction engineering and management (CEM). Emphasis is on the use of analyticalapproaches including construction simluation and optimization, alongside design and visualization tools such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) to supoort CEM decision-making. Credit will not be given for both CE 5633 and CE 5643.  


Prerequisite: CE 3603
CE5721Ecohydraulics4 ch (3C 2L) (EL)

Covers important topics in urban engineering hydrology, including: quantification of hydrological processes relevant to watershed water management, prediction of surface runoff and stream response, mitigation of impacts of urbanization and climate change for flood and drought design flows.

Prerequisite: CE 3713.

CE5753Engineering Hydrogeology (Cross-Listed: GE 5753)4 ch (3C 3L)

Covers important topics in quantitative hydrogeology, including: principles of saturated and unsaturated groundwater flow, solutions to groundwater flow problems, well hydraulics and pumping tests, and contaminant migration and attenuation processes in groundwater.

Prerequisites: CE 2113, CE 3713. Credit cannot be obtained for both CE 5753 and GE 5753.       

CE5913Special Studies in Civil Engineering I1 ch (EL)

(See description for CE 5933). 

CE5923Special Studies in Civil Engineering II2 ch (EL)

(See description for CE 5933).

CE5933Special Studies in Civil Engineering III3 ch (EL)

With the approval of the Department Chair and under the guidance of a member of the faculty, a student may perform special studies and investigations related to the undergraduate program. The extent of the work will determine the amount of credit. Students may receive credit(s) for one of CE 5913 , CE 5923 and CE 5933 only. Restricted to students with at least 110 ch. 

CE5963Research Thesis6 ch (EL)

The research thesis is an independent project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member over a period of two sequential semesters. Students are responsible for finding a supervisor and initiating the project. Suitable projects may include experimental investigations, field investigations, design projects, computational projects, software development or feasibility studies. Deliverables include a detailed proposal, periodic progress reports, a comprehensive dissertation and an oral presentation.

Restricted to students with 100 ch completed and with a GPA of 3.3 in the previous assessment year or a CGPA of 3.3. 

CE5242Transportation Field School4 ch (3C 2L) (W) (EL)
Prepare for an international travel experience characterized byt he use of multimodal transportation systems and site visits, culminating with a 7-10 day collaborative project with a partner university immediately following the exam period. Complete a technical report on a transportation topic and a field report documenting the field schoole experience. Priority is given to those registered in or who have taken CE 5203. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Prerequisites: CE 2913, CE 3201.