Civil Engineering major (MJD-ECIVL)

Civil engineering deals with the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including roads, bridges, buildings, coastal and offshore structures, drainage and flood mitigation systems, canals and dams. Sub-disciplines include geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, structural engineering, surveying, construction engineering and transportation engineering.

The Civil Engineering major at UWA provides with you with a strong foundation in structural mechanics, geomechanics, rock mechanics and hydraulics, as well as skills in the area of civil engineering materials, data analysis and management, design, numerical methods, computational modelling, risk, reliability and safety analysis, and project management. It also develops some of the essential personal and professional skills and knowledge needed for sustainable professional practice and to produce safe, economical and environmentally-sound structures. You will apply engineering theory to real-world challenges, including industry projects.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) apply knowledge and skills in engineering, science, and mathematics to identify, formulate, and solve complex civil engineering problems; (2) produce civil engineering solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of ethical and professional responsibilities, safety, cultural, social, environmental, sustainability and economic factors; (3) exercise high level communication, collaboration, and project management skills in both individual and team work; and (4) demonstrate sufficient depth and breadth in civil engineering fundamentals to engage in life-long learning in engineering or other professional fields.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and shape your degree in line with your personal aspirations. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering are encouraged to take units or a minor from outside of engineering, to satisfy broadening. However, you may also select engineering units that are not listed in the unit sequence of your engineering major. Advice can be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Civil Engineering can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

Civil Engineering is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • six Level 1 units
  • nine Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 units
  • nine Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

The list below includes the Bachelor of Engineering foundation units as well as the Civil Engineering major units.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
NS GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
S2 GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Prerequisites:
( Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit ) and ( Mathematics Methods ATAR (
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
Co-requisites:
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Incompatibility:
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
Bridging units
Students can only take up to 12 points of bridging in the BE:

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent are required to complete MATH1722. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Physics ATAR or equivalent are required to complete PHYS1030. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent are required to complete CHEM1003.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of 50
or
greater]
or
Equivalent
or
higher
S1, S2 PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
a scaled score greater than
or
equal to 50 per cent in Physics ATAR
or
equivalent
or
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or
PHYS1002 Modern Physics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (48 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Prerequisites:
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Methods
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
equivalent
or
Enrolment in ( MJD-AGTDM Agricultural Science and Technology
or
MJD-IEMDM Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences
or
MJD-MARDM Marine Science MJD-AGTEC Agricultural Technology MJD-MARCP Marine and Coastal Processes and SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
S2 CIVL2008 Structural Analysis
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3008 Structural Analysis
S1 CIVL2551 Civil Engineering Practice
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and (Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENSC2001 Motion
and
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
NS GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 GENG2004 Solid Mechanics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437)
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
S1 GENG2009 Principles of Geomechanics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3009 Geomechanics
S2 GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3010 Hydraulics
S2 GENG2012 Data Collection and Analysis
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A CIVL3401 Applied Geomechanics
Prerequisites:
and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CIVL4401 Applied Geomechanics (ID 2569)
N/A CIVL3402 Hydraulics for Civil Engineers
Prerequisites:
GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics (ID 8047)
or
GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics (ID 8016) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CIVL4402 Civil Hydraulics (ID 2587)
N/A CIVL3403 Structural Concrete Design
Prerequisites:
GENG2004 Solid Mechanics (ID 8044) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CIVL4403 Structural Concrete (ID 2595)
N/A CIVL3404 Structural Steel Design
Prerequisites:
GENG2004 Solid Mechanics (ID 8044) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CIVL4404 Structural Steel (ID 2600)
GENG3000
N/A GENG3405 Numerical Methods and Modelling
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG4405 Numerical Methods and Modelling

Level 4

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A CIVL4430 Transportation and Pavement Engineering
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus (ID 6012) and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CIVL5502 Transportation Engineering (ID 2604)
N/A GENG4411 Engineering Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
Atleast Level 3 24 Points Unit(s) BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A GENG4412 Engineering Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
GENG4511 Engineering Research Project Part 1 (ID 8024) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2 GENG5010 Professional Engineering Portfolio
Prerequisites:
completion of at least 60 points towards the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG5000 Professional Practicum Report
S1, S2 GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
or
the Master of Information Technology
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or
the Master of Data Science
or
the Master of Ocean Leadership
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2 GENG5507 Risk, Reliability and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
or
the Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management
or
the Master of Information Technology
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
or
equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Degree-specific major units
Group A—take 6 — 12 points from Group A.

Students must take at least one unit from Group A.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A CIVL5550 Civil Infrastructure Design Project
Prerequisites:
CIVL3430 Transportation and Pavement Engineering (ID 8055) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CIVL5552 Civil Structural Design Project
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (ID 356) Civil Engineering specialisation and CIVL4404 Structural Steel (ID 2600)
Co-requisites:
GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice (ID 2596)
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Degree-specific major units
Group B—take 18 — 24 points from Group B.

Students who take one unit from Group A must select four units from Group B. Student who take both units in Group A must select three units from Group B.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CIVL5501 Structural Dynamics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) (Civil Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NS CIVL5503 Underground Construction
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation)
and
CIVL4401 Applied Geomechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 CIVL5504 Offshore Geomechanics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation)
and
CIVL4401 Applied Geomechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 CIVL5505 Design of Offshore Energy Facilities
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or
enrolment in the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the Course Coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
or
equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/A ENVE3402 Engineering Hydrology
Prerequisites:
GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering (ID 8006) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENVE4402 Hydrology (ID 2572)
S1 GENG5501 Coastal and Offshore Engineering
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation, Environmental Engineering specialisation,
or
Mechanical Engineering specialisation). This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the Course Coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
or
equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 GENG5502 Geomechanical and Environmental Engineering
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation, Environmental Engineering specialisation, and Mining Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 GENG5514 Finite Element Method
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Civil Engineering degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.