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UNB Fredericton

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About us

Department of Civil Engineering

The first civil engineering lecture in Canada was held here, at the University of New Brunswick's Fredericton campus, in 1853. 

We've grown a lot since then. Today we offer a fully accredited, four-year undergraduate program leading to a BScE in Civil Engineering, as well as M.Eng., MScE, and Ph.D. programs.


For undergraduates, UNB Civil Engineering offers a comprehensive program through a variety of courses, labs, and extracurricular activities and groups. With a large number of technical electives in the final year of the program, our students can specialize in a particular discipline within civil engineering or cover a broad range of topics for a more general degree. We also offer a co-op option so you can gain valuable work experience as you complete your degree.


In addition to a wide variety of research groups within the department, many students in our graduate programs collaborate with other researchers in engineering, the natural sciences and industry. 

Where civil can take you

Civil engineers provide the infrastructure needed for society. From the water we drink to the roads and bridges we travel on to the buildings we work and live in, civil engineers plan design, operate and maintain all aspects of the built and natural environment.

You will also be tasked to help solve many of the planet's growing challenges including increasing population, deteriorating infrastructure, natural disaster preparation and updating transportation systems to meet growing needs.


The Department of Civil Engineering allows students to explore many areas of specialization within civil engineering:

  • Construction
  • Water & Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Materials
  • Structural
  • Transportation

Students get hands-on experience in specialized facilities such as our hydraulics, concrete mixing and soils laboratories.