Environmental Engineering is critical to the well-being of humans and the ecosystems on which we depend.  It is a broad field involving the application of engineering principles to support the health of natural systems, and to provide healthy land, water and air for habitation. It involves soil, water and air pollution control within urban, agricultural, and industrial settings, and ensures effective recycling, waste disposal, and remediation of polluted sites.  Environmental engineers provide solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.


The strong partnership between UBC’s Departments of Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Civil engineering enables a world-class undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering (ENVL).  With enthusiastic support from Environmental Engineering practitioners and the UBC Vancouver campus and community, as well as outstanding Professors known for their expertise in both research and teaching, the ENVL program enables students to experience significant field work and community-based engagement, including the exploration of UBC Vancouver’s “campus as a living lab” – which is well known for its sustainability. Also available to complement their studies, ENVL students may participate in co-op placements between their school terms.

With an emphasis on projects and case studies, the program combines traditional, team-based, and hands-on learning to give you practical and analytical skills, as well as strong professional skills, all of which are needed to become a successful engineer. Graduates of the Environmental Engineering program will demonstrate high levels of:

  • Environmental Engineering Science and Technology 
  • Environmental Engineering Professionalism 
  • Solution-Finding Techniques Suitable for Addressing Complex Environmental Problems
  • Environmental Engineering Design