Civil engineering involves the planning, design and construction of the built environment and the provision of essential services and infrastructure. These include structures such as buildings, bridges and tunnels, as well as transport systems, water supply, drainage systems, ports and harbours. Civil engineers use their sophisticated understanding of planning, design and construction to provide the most effective way of interacting with the natural environment, and to create solutions to improve quality of life.

Civil engineering is about community service, development, and improvement. Civil engineers are problem solvers, meeting the challenges of pollution, traffic congestion, drinking water and energy needs, urban redevelopment and community planning.

Applicants for this major must have completed Units 3 and 4 Mathematical Methods or equivalent.


This course acts as a pathway to a career in civil engineering. Civil engineers may specialise in structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, transport and land use planning or project management.

Today’s civil engineers are at the forefront of technology. They are the leading users of sophisticated high-tech products, applying the very latest concepts in computer-aided design (CAD) in design, construction, project scheduling, and cost control.

Employment opportunities are available with a wide range of organisations including manufacturing companies, research organisations, academic institutions, mining companies, energy agencies, as well as local, state and federal governments.


Entry requirements & Prerequisites

This major is available through more than one course, both of which have their own separate entry requirements.

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