Civil engineering is “the practice of improving and maintaining the built environment to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations” (Institute of Civil Engineers, 1998). A primary focus for civil engineers is the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of physical infrastructure – facilities that include water and waste management facilities; transportation and communications; structures and public buildings.
The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of the Witwatersrand, offers a 4-year BSc (Eng) degree in civil engineering. In the first two years the focus falls on developing competencies in mathematics, science, computing, communication and engineering design and problem-solving; in the last two years: geotechnical engineering, hydrology, hydraulics and infrastructure planning and management, structural engineering and construction materials.
At the postgraduate level, the department offers MSc (Eng) and PhD degrees by research. Postgraduate students are also accepted for the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GDE) and for the MSc (Eng) by coursework and an investigational project report.
The degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand is accepted by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as fulfilling all of the academic requirements for registration as a Professional Engineer.