Do you have a passion for engineering and the environment?

Turn your passions into an exciting and rewarding career, while also making our world a better place to live, with the new UBC environmental engineering undergraduate degree. Environmental engineering joins together the applications of science and engineering principles to improve our air, land, water and living systems for a healthy environment.

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. In addition, it ensures effective recycling, waste disposal, and remediation of polluted sites.

Environmental engineers provide solutions to the world’s most pressing issues, and the type of career you can have with a UBC environmental engineering degree is wide and varied.

Why choose Environmental Engineering at UBC?

UBC’s environmental engineering degree program (ENVL) is one of the best undergraduate environmental engineering programs in Canada. We take a collaborative, team-based approach, so that when our students graduate, they possess the tools and knowledge necessary to have a rewarding career as stewards of our planet. This world-class degree is the result of a strong partnership between UBC’s Departments of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Civil Engineering.

The ENVL program enables students to experience interesting field work and community-based engagement.

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. This includes the exploration of UBC Vancouver’s “campus as a living lab” – which is well known for its sustainability.

Applied Science Co-op

To complement their studies, UBC environmental engineering students may participate in co-op placements in between their school terms. Applied Science Co-op is the largest co-op program in Western Canada and one of the most successful programs in the country.

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 environmental engineer.

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You will get a well-rounded education and develop the problem-solving and technical skills needed to identify and address our environmental issues, both at home and abroad.

Graduates of the UBC 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