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Environmental Engineering

Program Overview

The Faculty of Applied Science offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering (ENVL). Interested students are eligible to enter the ENVL program after completing the first year engineering program and should apply for the ENVL program during term 2 of the first year engineering program.

The Mission of the ENVL program is to develop engineers possessing a combined analytical and open mind-set, who contribute to the health of ecosystems and the provisioning of ecosystem services to people, by addressing complex, often ill-structured, problems associated with the quality of air, land, water and living systems. The program is grounded in strong engineering foundations, an ecosystem approach to environmental engineering problems, collaborative community-focused projects and a reciprocal active-learning environment created between students, stakeholders, and instructors.

Graduates of the UBC ENVL program will be uniquely qualified via training in both chemical, biological, and civil engineering to contribute to: a) the design of facilities, management systems, and information systems associated with ensuring clean air, water and healthy living systems; b) the performance of impact assessments (including regulatory, sustainability, environmental, social, and risk); c) sustainability planning and design; and d) environmental policy formulation.    

The optional cooperative (Co-op) education experiential learning placements are a valuable aspect of the Bachelor of Applied Science in the Chemical Engineering and the Chemical and Biological Engineering programs.  Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of this program.  Participating students will typically complete five 4-month experiential learning placements coordinated through the Applied Science Co-op Program.  Work terms can take place during the Winter or Summer terms.

The UBC Environmental Engineering differs from, and is not compatible with, the Joint UNBC/UBC Environmental Engineering program. For information see Joint UNBC/UBC Environmental Engineering program.

Graduates from the UBC Environmental Engineering program will be eligible for Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) status in the field of their practice through EGBC.

Program Requirements


Second Year 
CHBE 230                               3
CHBE 2413
CHBE 2443
CIVL 2043
CIVL 2154
ENVE 2004
ENVE 2013
ENVE 2024
ENVE 2034
MATH 2533
MATH 2563
Total Credits37


Third Year 
CHBE 3643
CHBE 3703
CHBE 3734
CHBE 4853
CIVL 3053
CIVL 3154
CIVL 3164
ENVE 3013
EOSC 2103
STAT 2513
Technical Elective23
Complementary Studies Elective13
Total Credits39


Fourth Year 
CHBE 4593                
CHBE 4833
CHBE 4863
CIVL 4023
CIVL 4093
CIVL 4163
CIVL 418 3
ENVE 4018
EOSC 3293
Technical Electives26
Total Credits38
1 For a list of eligible complementary studies courses, see degree requirements on the engineering website at
2 For a list of eligible Technical Electives, see the ENVL program website or speak to your academic advisor. 


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