Chair’s Message

Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering at Ryerson University and the road to excellence! Our vision is to become one of the best civil engineering programs in Canada and we are making steady progress toward the realization of this goal! We proudly provide state-of-the-art undergraduate and graduate studies civil engineering education and research in the dynamic field of civil engineering. When you study Civil Engineering in our Department, you learn many exciting and challenging engineering concepts and theories in our classrooms and labs.

Our current Fall 2013 / Winter 2014 undergraduate curriculum encompasses the three primary streams of Environmental, Structural/Materials and Transportation engineering as well as a Geomatics engineering option. Students who commenced the program prior to Fall 2014 should refer to the program overview and curriculum in the Fall 2013 / Winter 2014 Ryerson University Undergraduate Calendar for further details about their academic program requirements. Please see the following link:

For the new academic year in Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 we are very excited to announce that we will be introducing our new undergraduate Civil Engineering Program. Students who commence the new program on or after Fall 2014 after completing two years in the Civil Engineering program, may continue in the regular Civil Engineering program or choose the Structural Engineering option. There will be a sixty per cent cap for enrolment in either the Civil Engineering program or the Structural Engineering option. Enrolment in the Civil Engineering program or the Structural Engineering option after the second year will be made on a competitive basis subject to program capacity. In addition, students continuing in the Civil Engineering program will have the option of pursuing either the Environmental or Transportation Engineering stream in the fourth year of the program. Enrolment caps for the Environmental and Transportation streams will be similar to those mentioned above. A student graduating from the Civil Engineering Program will earn a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree in Civil Engineering. A student graduating from the Structural Engineering option will earn a BEng in Civil Engineering with a Structural Engineering option. All undergraduate students will be eligible for professional engineer (P.Eng.) status after meeting graduation and experience requirements.

Our undergraduate and graduate students excel in many peer competitions at international, national and regional levels and we are very proud of their many great successes and awards. Our Concrete Toboggan Team, for example, was awarded Sixth Place Overall last year at the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR). Our Toboggan Team also received the Best Technical Showcase, Fastest Run Time and Fastest Toboggan Awards. At our last June convocation ceremony, one of our former undergraduate students was the recipient of the Ryerson Gold Medal within the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science. Ryerson’s Gold Medal is the University’s highest student award available across all Faculties. Another great achievement is by a former PhD student who received the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award. This is a highly prestigious award granted to only one graduate student at each eligible post-secondary institution in Canada recognizing overall excellence in academic achievement in graduate studies.

In the Department of Civil Engineering you will be taught by dedicated faculty members who are engaged in exciting engineering research and development projects, many in collaboration with industry who bring this expertise to the classroom and labs. Your faculty members have won many national, provincial and university awards for their teaching and research and have also collectively published over 300 peer-reviewed journal papers and won over 30 national and international awards. Leaders from industry and government in our Advisory Council also help keep our curriculum more relevant.

I hope that you will find the information in this Student Handbook useful. Please visit our website at If you have any further inquiries, please contact us.

Best Regards,

Dr. Khaled Sennah, P.Eng. Chair