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 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 241 3
CHBE 244 3
CIVL 204 3
CIVL 215 4
ENVE 200 4
ENVE 201 3
ENVE 202 4
ENVE 203 4
MATH 253 3
MATH 256 3
Total Credits 37
Third Year
CHBE 364  3
CHBE 370 3
CHBE 373 4
CHBE 485 3
CIVL 305 3
CIVL 315 4
CIVL 316 4
ENVE 301 3
EOSC 210 3
STAT 251 3
Technical Elective2 3
Complementary Studies Elective1 3
Total Credits 39
Fourth Year
CHBE 459 3
CHBE 483 3
CHBE 486 3
CIVL 402 3
CIVL 409 3
CIVL 416 3
CIVL 418  3
ENVE 401 8
EOSC 329 3
Technical Electives2 6
Total Credits 38
1 For a list of eligible complementary studies courses, see degree requirements on the engineering website at http://students.engineering.ubc.ca/enrolment/degree-requirements/
2 For a list of eligible Technical Electives, see the ENVL program website or speak to your academic advisor.  

Cooperative Education Experiential Work Terms

Cooperative education experiential learning placements are an important option within ENVL program. Work terms take place during the Winter and Summer terms, following the standard APSC COOP schedule. Students should refer to the program website for details. Students unable to complete one or more co-op terms should consult with the program advisor.

Contact Information
The Faculty of Applied Science
Dean’s Office
5000-2332 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


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