General Information

Program of Study

This unique, four and a half-year BASc degree program capitalizes on the strength of UNBC in Environmental Science and the strength of UBC in Engineering. The program incorporates complementary elements and expertise from each institution. It also provides students with a unique, dual-university educational experience.

How You Will Progress

In your first two years at UNBC, you will develop a foundation in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and environmental science. In your third and fourth years, you will enjoy a change in your study environment by transiting to UBC. At UBC, you will gain a thorough, hands-on understanding of engineering fundamentals, analysis and design, primarily through courses in Civil Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. You will complete you degree with a final term at UNBC where you will focus on practical environmental engineering design problems.

Here are some of the things you will learn as an Environmental Engineering student:

  • Fundamental science underlying engineering and the environment
  • Function, process and interactions of the major environmental systems: air, land, water, and living
  • Fundamental concepts of heat, mass transport, fluid dynamics and process of water and dispersion of pollutants in surface water and groundwater
  • Industrial pollution prevention/control
  • Design of waste water and air pollution control technologies
  • Common industrial process design
  • Hands-on training in wastewater analysis and treatment
  • Geo-environmental and mining environmental engineering

Upon graduation, you will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree in Environmental Engineering. The program is designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Graduates will be eligible for registration as Professional Engineers (P.Eng.).

Career Opportunities

Due to their technical expertise, hands-on problem solving skills and keen understanding of environmental issues, environmental engineers are in high-demand—especially in resource industries such as forestry, mining, pulp and paper, chemical process, fisheries, agri-food, and oil and gas. Environmental engineers are essential to the new “environmental economy,” which includes environmental reclamation, remediation and restoration. Environmental engineers perform a variety of roles ranging from field work to management with various government departments and research organizations and environmental consulting companies.

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