Environmental Engineering

Degree: B.A.Sc in Environmental Engineering
Length of program:?4 years
Work experience: Co-operative Education
Minimum requirement: 75%

Academic Calendar Details

Admission Requirements

Environmental Engineering UNBC

Learning Outcomes

  • Environmental engineering in resource development
  • Adaptation to and mitigating the impact of climate change
  • Water resource management
  • Environmental impacts
  • Infrastructure development and renewal
  • Broader topics and perspectives on the environment and sustainability
  • The role of engineering in society
  • The respectful inclusion and exploration of First Nations’ issues and concerns

The environmental and civil engineering degrees have a similar first year, allowing students some latitude to change their selected major.?In second year, a number of courses are common in all of the engineering degrees but program requirements start to differentiate between the Civil and Environmental Engineering degrees. In the remaining years, some of the courses are common to both programs while each degree develops the in-depth knowledge to allow students to qualify within their discipline upon graduation. The final year exposes students to practical engineering problems.

Degree Overview

  • Eight academic semesters
  • Optional co-operative education work terms
  • 4 years
  • 151 credits

Courses are taught through a variety of methods including group learning, team teaching, and the use of design suites.

First Year Courses (Semesters 1 & 2)

CHEM 100-3??? General Chemistry I
CHEM 101-3??? General Chemistry II
CHEM 120-1??? General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 121-1??? General Chemistry Laboratory II
CPSC 110-3??? Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
ENGR 110-3??? Technical Writing
ENGR 117-3??? Engineering Design I
ENGR 130-4??? Mechanics of Materials I
ENGR 151-1??? Engineering Tools I
ENGR 152-1??? Engineering Tools II
MATH 100-3??? Calculus I
MATH 101-3??? Calculus II
MATH 220-3??? Linear Algebra
PHYS 110-4??? Introductory Physics I: Mechanics

Second Year (Semesters 4 & 5)

ENGR 210-3?? Materials and Energy Balance
ENGR 211-3?? Engineering Communication
ENGR 217-4?? Engineering Design II
ENGR 220-4?? Engineering Chemistry
ENGR 221-3?? Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer
ENGR 254-4?? Fluid Mechanics I
ENGR 270-3?? Surveying
ENSC 201-3?? Weather and Climate
ENVE 222-3?? Engineering Biology
MATH 200-3?? Calculus III
MATH 230-3?? Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
STAT 371-3?? Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers

One of the following:
FSTY 205-3 Introduction to Soil Science
GEOG 210-3 Introduction to Earth Science

Third Year (Semesters 7, 9, & 11)

CIVE 260-4?? Soil Mechanics I
ENGR 300-3?? Sustainable Principles of Engineering
ENGR 353-4 3? Hydrology and Open Channel Flow
ENGR 354-4?? Fluid Mechanics II
ENGR 358-4?? Waste and Waste Water Systems
ENGR 380-3?? Engineering Economics
ENVE 310-3?? Environmental Engineering Processes
ENVE 317-3?? Engineering Design III - Municipal Engineering
ENVE 318-3?? Environmental Eng. Measurement Lab
ENVE 351-4?? Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport

6 credit hours chosen from the lists of electives

Fourth Year (Semesters 13 & 14)

ENGR 410-3?? Professional Practice & Law
ENGR 412-3?? Engineering Business & Project Management
ENSC 406-3?? Environmental Modelling
ENVE 400-3?? Capstone Design Project I
ENVE 401-6?? Capstone Design Project II
ENVE 430-3?? Energy Systems
ENVE 455-3?? Engineering Hydrology

12 credit hours chosen from the lists of electives


Electives must be chosen from the following lists.

6 credit hours of the following:
CIVL 370-3? Transportation Systems
CIVL 451-3? Building Physics
CIVL 481-3? Urban and Regional Planning
ENVE 421-3? Contaminant Transport in the Environment
ENVE 462-3? Geo-environmental Engineering

6 credit hours of the following:
ENSC 307-3? Introduction to Geochemistry
ENSC 308-3? Northern Contaminated Environments
ENSC 325-3? Soil Physical Processes and the Environment
ENSC 412-3? Air Pollution
ENSC 425-3? Climate Change and Global Warming
ENSC 450-3? Environmental and Geophysical Data Analysis
ENSC 452-3? Reclamation & Remediation of Disturbed Environments
FSTY 205-3? Introduction to Soil Science
FSTY 345-3? Wood Materials Science
FSTY 425-3?? Soil Formation and Classification
GEOG 205-3?? Cartography and Geomatics
GEOG 210-3? Introduction to Earth Science
GEOG 311-3? Drainage Basin Geomorphology

3 credit hours of the following:
ENPL 305-3? Environmental Impact Assessment
ENPL 401-3? Environmental Law
ENVS 230-3? Introduction to Environmental Policy
ENVS 414-3? Environmental and Professional Ethics
FNST 304-3? Indigenous Environmental Philosophy
GEOG 202-3? Resources, Economies, and Sustainability
GEOG 401-3? Tenure, Conflict and Resource Geography
GEOG 403-3?? First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
NREM 303-3?? Aboriginal Perspectives on Land and Resource Management
NREM 306-3?? Society, Policy and Administration
POLS 100-3? Contemporary Political Issues

3 credit hours of Humanities and Social Sciences courses with subject matter that deals with the central issues, methodologies, and thought processes of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Co-operative Education

UNBC offers Civil Engineering students optional co-op work terms. For more information, visit the?co-operative education?page.


The degree program is designed to meet the present accreditation guidelines established by the?Canada Engineering Accreditation Board. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering from UNBC should have all of the necessary academic qualifications to be licensed as Professional Engineers (P.Eng.).

Job Opportunities

Environmental Engineering graduates are critical to the growing northern and Canadian economy and will be well suited to fill vacant and new positions. The need to replace retiring engineers as they exit the workforce is growing, as the average age of civil engineers in B.C. is 50 years old, greater than in any other province. Engineers Canada projects an average of 667 job openings per year in British Columbia from 2015-2019 and continued high demand for the next decade.?


  • Environmental Engineer
  • Pollution Control Engineer
  • Soil Engineer
  • Water and Sewer Engineer
  • Reclamation Engineer