Design and build the future.
Civil engineers plan, design and build the infrastructure we rely on as a civilisation – including things like buildings, roads, water systems and more. This program develops your practical skills in engineering design, project management and sustainability, and qualifies you to work as civil engineer and help shape the world around you in Australia and overseas.
- Learn how to use mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide range of technical problems
- Get plenty of hands-on experience, including 12 weeks’ work experience with professional engineers and engineering associates
- Specialise in construction or water and environment, and complete a major final-year research project on a topic of your choice
- Learn from industry professionals through guest lectures that expose you to current engineering professional practice
- Recreate interactive real-life scenarios in USC’s state-of-the art visualisation studio and dedicated engineering laboratories
Exemption for first year Mathematics
Students who enter the program having achieved a 'Very High Achievement' in a Maths B and Maths C in secondary school may be eligible for an exemption for MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics and may also be eligible for an exemption to MTH104 Introductory Calculus on application to the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering. Students who are exempted from one or two courses will need to substitute one or two two engineering relevant courses in order to fulfil the requirements of the degree.
Students must complete 60 days of suitable field experience.
Government agencies, construction companies, engineering consultancies, building industry, water supply authorities, mining industry, research organisations.
Accreditation and membership
This program qualifies you for registration as a civil engineer with the accrediting body, Engineers Australia, and is internationally recognised to allow you to work in Australia and overseas. It also qualifies you for graduate membership of Engineers Australia (Professional Engineer).
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
+61 7 5430 2890
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6 December 2017
USC engineering students compete in national event
A national engineering design competition on Friday will feature three USC student projects, including a water filtration proposal that was judged the best entry from any Queensland university.
21 November 2017
$2.85m for airport pavement research at USC
The University of the Sunshine Coast has launched a collaborative five-year research program to advance airport pavement technologies and practices across the country.
15 November 2017
Engineering students to research Nepal quake damage
A two-week study trip to earthquake-damaged Nepal will give four USC students an amazing opportunity to put into practice the skills gained in their four-year Civil Engineering degrees.
7 November 2017
USC Business and Engineering top the nation
Business and Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast have been recognised as national leaders in terms of student experience.
18 October 2017
USC academic named Engineers Australia Fellow
USC Engineering academic Associate Professor Terry Lucke has been named as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
17 October 2017
Caboolture boilermaker changes career to become engineer
Former Caboolture boilermaker Nathan Spann is working as a site engineer on a multi-million-dollar housing project at Bokarina after completing a degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (8) 96 units
COR109 Communication and Thought
ENG101 Foundations of Engineering
ENG102 Engineering Statics
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus
SCI110 Science Research Methods
ENG103 Introduction to the Internet of Things
Developing and Graduate courses (12) 144 units
ENG202 Introduction to Engineering Design
ENG211 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
ENG302 Engineering Project Management
ENG312 Soil Mechanics
ENG401 Engineering Project 1
ENG402 Engineering Project 2
ENG403 Engineering Research Methodology
ENG422 Design of Roads and Drainage
ENS253 An Introduction to Geographic Information Science and Technology
MTH201 Calculus II and Linear Algebra
MTH203 Numerical Analysis
Major studies courses (8) 96 units
Students must complete one of the following major studies in the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours):
ENG212 Structural Engineering
ENG221 Mechanics of Materials
ENG225 Engineering Materials
ENG340 Construction Technology
ENG404 Engineering Sustainable Design
ENG432 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENG451 Concrete Structures and Technology
ENS281 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems
Environment and Water major
ENG330 Engineering Hydrology
ENG411 Reservoir and Stormwater Engineering
ENG412 Design of Wastewater Treatment Systems
ENG421 Design of Water Supply Systems
ENS242 Introduction to Weather and Climate
ENS353 Applied Geospatial Analysis
MTH381 Applied Systems Modelling
Students must select one of the following minor study areas:
- Climate Change and Coastal Zone Studies
- Construction Engineering (for Environment and Water major students only)
- Engineering Design
- Environmental Engineering (for Construction major students only)
- Environmental Studies for Engineers
- Management for Engineers
- Mechanical Engineering (for Construction major students only)
- Planning Studies
- Public Health for Engineers
- Wider Engineering Studies
The Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) may be awarded with Honours. The class of Honours to be awarded to a student is dependent upon:
- the percentage results achieved by study or transfer in twelve courses (144 units) as specified in the table below; and
- the student achieving at least 65% in ENG402 Engineering Project 2.
A student must complete a minimum of 8 courses (96 units) in the table and the research project for an honours grade to be awarded.
The minimum levels of achievement normally required for each class of honours are shown in the following table:
|Honours results classification||Overall Percentage attainded in Specified Courses*|
|Honours Class I||80% - 100%|
|Honours Class IIA||70% - 79%|
|Honours Class IIB||60% - 69%|
|Honours Class III||50% - 59%|
*The percentage result shall be rounded up if ≥ 0.5 or rounded down if < 0.5.
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
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Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Select a minor from one of the minors as listed below. Students must choose the minor to be studied before the completion of Semester 1, Year 3
- Apply for your selected major and/or minor
- Complete a minimum of 60 days of suitable work experience. Students must meet all costs associated with the acquisition of practical experience to satisfy this requirement
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
- When enrolling please refer to the relevant Recommended Study Sequence:
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.