Transportation has always played an essential role in the development of society, originally with regard to trade routes and harbours, but more recently with regard to land- and air-based systems as well. It is the transportation engineer's responsibility to plan, design, build, operate and maintain these systems of transport, in such a way as to provide for the safe, efficient and convenient movement of people and goods.
Students admitted to the Civil Engineering program from a Quebec CEGEP or with advanced credits in basic sciences and humanities may be admitted to the 7-semester program. Other students may be required to enrol in a pre-engineering year to satisfy these requirements and will be admitted to an 8-semester program.
Considerable freedom exists for students to influence the nature of their program of study in the civil engineering program. All principal subjects of civil engineering are taught at McGill University but students may choose to concentrate in any one of the following areas through the selection of suitable complementary courses: