4th Year Technical Electives

Please select your 15 credits of technical electives from the standard package of courses given below.  Department approval of your technical electives is then not required, and you should register in the manner that is indicated.  Approval for a non-standard package of courses may be granted if you can make a compelling case to the 4th year advisor – see the Non-Standard Package of Elective Courses below.

Standard Package of Elective Courses

Students in the general Civil Engineering program are required to complete 15 credits of technical electives to graduate.  Students may select their technical electives as follows:

 A.         

Up to 15 credits, taken from any of CIVL 406, 407, 408, 410, 411, 413, 415, 416, 417, 418, 420, 422, 425, 426, 432, 433, 435, 436, 437, 439, 440, 441, 478, 498A, CHBE 485 , IGEN 450*, 451*, 452*, EOSC 329, 330, 433

 B.

No more than 3 credits, taken from APSC 440, 461, 462, COMM 329, 434, 457, 458, 465, 473, BUSI 400, 401, 402, 445, PLAN 321, 331, 425

*For information on IGEN 450, 451, 452, please see: www.igen.ubc.ca/pipelineeng.

Notes:

1. All students may not have met prerequisite requirements of all the above courses

2. The CIVL administrative staff cannot register you into non-Civil Engineering courses, please contact the respective department(s) directly to resolve any registration issue(s).

Civil Engineering Streams

Students who are interested in pursuing enhanced coverage of a particular technical specialty (i.e. stream) within Civil Engineering, specifically environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrotechnical engineering, infrastructure engineering and structural engineering, are directed to the following courses.

Environmental Engineering: CIVL 404, 406, 407, 408, 416, CHBE 485, EOSC 429

Geotechnical Engineering:  CIVL 408, 410, 411, 413, EOSC 329, 330, 433, IGEN 450

Hydrotechnical Engineering: CIVL 415, 416, 417, 418

Infrastructure Engineering: CIVL 420, 422, 425, 426, 440, 441, 478

Structural Engineering: CIVL 432, 433, 435, 436, 437, 439

Note that the streams represent recommended course groupings only.  There is no registration in a stream that is required, and the designation of the selected stream does not appear on the transcript or in any other way.

Non-Standard Package of Elective Courses

Department approval for a non-standard package of courses may be granted if you can make a compelling case to the 4th year advisor.  The following options may be possible.

Courses not Listed in the Standard Package of Courses

Students who wish to take a course that is not listed in the standard package of courses are required to secure the agreement of the instructor, and MUST also obtain prior approval of the Fourth Year Advisor.

Graduate Courses

Students who wish to take a graduate course as a technical elective MUST obtain prior approval of the Fourth Year Advisor. Approval may be obtained:

  1. In accordance with the UBC Requirements of Undergraduate Students Attending Graduate Courses
  2. With the permission of the course instructor
  3. With a strong rationale

Directed Studies

Students who wish to take CIVL 492, Directed Studies, as a technical elective, are required to secure the agreement of an instructor to establish and deliver such a custom course, and MUST obtain prior approval of the Fourth Year Advisor.  No more than 6 credits of technical electives may be taken through CIVL 492.

Registration in More than 15 Credits of Electives

Students who wish to take more than 15 credits of technical elective courses MUST obtain the prior approval of the Fourth Year Advisor.   Those that register in more than 15 credits of electives without prior approval will be dropped from all technical electives at the beginning of the Fall term; and they will then be limited to taking electives that still have space.

Approval Process

To register in a course that is not in the standard course package or to register in more than 15 credits of electives, please e-mail your request to the Fourth Year Advisor.  Include the course name, code and description (available in the online calendar), provide a summary of all technical electives you plan to take and provide a rationale for your request.  A response will be sent to you via return e-mail.  If approved, please keep a copy of the approval correspondence until you have graduated.

Registration Procedures

Students register for technical electives during the normal registration period. If a course is full, students must complete an Online Course Registration Form and submit it electronically. Students should check courses regularly to see if space opens up over the summer registration period.  For courses outside Civil Engineering, the student is responsible for obtaining registration approval from the course instructor.  Documentation of such approval should be submitted to the Department of Civil Engineering prior to the Add/Drop deadline.  For courses that are not in the standard course package, the approval of the Fourth Year Advisor is required prior to registration.