Engineering BASc

Please note these programs are undergoing review and will not be finalized until early July.

Engineers serve society across a wide range of economic sectors in a number of capacities. Highly skilled engineers require a solid technical and academic background, good communication skills, and the ability to work across a number of disciplines. Engineers deal with problems ranging from mine and dam construction to transit systems to air, water, and soil pollution control.

The Engineering program at UNBC has two degree programs – Civil and Environmental Engineering – and prepares graduates for a wide range of employment opportunities where their technical expertise and problem-solving skills are required. The program provides graduates with a strong awareness and understanding of environmental issues and problems. Our graduates are prepared for employment in the resource industries (e.g. forestry, fisheries, mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and the agri-food industry), various government ministries, research organizations, and with engineering firms of all sizes. Our graduates help shape the new environmental economy.

The Engineering Bachelor of Applied Science program is designed around a mandatory Cooperative education component. Students gain valuable and practical skills through four paid Co-op work terms while being gainfully employed. The degree program is also designed to minimize the semester hours during the nine academic semesters to ensure students gain the necessary knowledge in a timely fashion. By incorporating Co-op into the degree program, our graduates finish their degree in five years with over a year and a half of relevant work experience on their resume to ensure a high probability of successful employment.

Both the Civil and Environmental Engineering degrees start with a common first year in which the basic sciences and mathematics are emphasized along with an introduction to the Engineering discipline. In year two, a number of courses are common to both engineering streams but students will also need to differentiate between the Civil and Environmental Engineering degrees. In the remaining years, some of the courses are common to both programs while each degree stream develops the in -depth knowledge to allow students to qualify within their discipline upon graduation. The final year exposes students to practical engineering problems.


Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is limited and is based on academic qualifications and available space. Priority admission is given to students who meet the admission criteria and apply by the deadline of March 1.

Applicants from BC and Yukon secondary schools must:
  • Meet UNBC admission requirements, and
  • Have an average of at least 75% based on the following four courses: Principles of Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12, English 12 and two provincially examinable Science 12 courses. In addition, applicants must have successfully completed Chemistry 11 in order to meet course prerequisites in the Program. Physics 12 or an equivalent is strongly recommended, as it is a prerequisite for first-year Physics courses in the program. Students who are admitted without the Physics 12 prerequisite may be delayed in their studies as they may not be able to complete the first four semesters of the program in the normal two year time period. Meeting the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission. Under exceptional circumstances the prerequisites may be waived.
Other applicants must demonstrate that they possess qualifications at least equivalent to the BC and Yukon requirement.


Standards of Professional Conduct

In addition to fulfilling all University and Program regulations and expectations, all students are expected to abide by professional standards as set forth by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Violation of professional standards may result in suspension or dismissal from the program and/ or the University.


Academic Performance

Students must adhere to the policies and regulations as specified in the UNBC calendar. This requirement includes, but is not limited to, matters related to academic offenses and progression through the program. Progression is covered by the guidelines on academic standing and continuance. Offenses are governed by the relevant regulations in the appropriate calendar.

Students must obtain the minimum passing grade for all courses. Failure to do so may result in suspension or removal from the program. Note that the courses ENGR 217, ENGR 400, ENGR 401, MATH 200, and MATH 230 must be completed at UNBC.


Qualification for Degree

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his/ her degree requirements are met. General graduation requirements are found in the Regulations and Policy section of the UNBC Calendar. To fulfill the requirements of graduation, the student must also:
  • maintain a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C) on courses for credit towards an Engineering degree.
  • obtain a minimum passing grade of 1.67 (C-) in each of ENGR 217, ENGR 400, ENGR 401, MATH 200, and MATH 230; and
  • complete all requirements for the B.A.Sc. program within eight years of admission into the program or from the first Engineering course used for credit towards the degree.


Letter of Permission

Once admitted to Engineering at UNBC, students who want to take course work at another institution for credit must obtain a Letter of Permission prior to registration in the course.

Students who complete courses without first having obtained a Letter of Permission risk not having those courses accepted for transfer credit. A student who has committed an academic offence or is on academic probation may be denied a Letter of Permission for subsequent course work. Students should consult the Engineering Academic Advisor before considering course work for transfer credit. (Refer to Academic Regulation 19).


Graduation

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his/ her degree requirements are met. Students must have a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 (C) over all courses to graduate.


Transfers

Transfers into the program are allowed provided that the prerequisite courses or articulated courses are completed, and space is available in the program. Acceptance of transfers into the program will be based upon GPA, with priority given to those with the highest GPA The admission GPA for transfer students into the Environmental Engineering program will be assessed on the following four courses or their university transferrable equivalents: Principles of Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12, English 12, and two provincially examinable Science 12 courses. In order to be considered for admission into the program transfer students must have at least a 75% average based on these four courses or their equivalents. Where both high school and university transfer coursework are provided for each of these four courses, the most recent GPA for each course will be used. Transfer students must also have an overall Cumulative transfer GPA of 2.00, which is based on all their university transferrable coursework. Regardless of the articulated courses transferred, students must satisfy the residency requirement of a minimum of 90 credit hours. In addition, students within the program must complete ENGR 217, ENGR 400, ENGR 401, MATH 200, and MATH 230 at UNBC.


Co-operative Education

Engineering at UNBC requires students to successfully complete four one semester long Co - operative Education work terms. These work terms are interspersed within the degree program and occur in semesters 6, 8, 10, and 12. Each work experience will meet the following criteria:
  • each work situation is developed and/or approved by the co-operative educational institution as a suitable learning situation;
  • the co-operative student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing;
  • the co-operative student receives remuneration for the work performed;
  • the co-operative student's progress on the job is monitored by UNBC Engineering;
  • the co-operative student's performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student's cooperative employer;
  • the time spent in periods of work experience must be at least 30 per cent of the time spent in academic study.
The overall timetable for semesters is as follows:

Engineering at UNBC is a mandatory Co-operative Education program and successful work terms are required for degree completion. For further information, contact the Co-operative Education Advisor.

Note: Co-operative education terms are completed in Semesters 6, 8, 10, and 12. Only under extraordinary circumstances will a student be allowed to deviate from this pattern.


Civil Engineering Degree Program Requirements

UNBC offers a rigorous Civil Engineering education augmented by business skills training and opportunities for specialized instruction in timber structures, renewable energy technology, cold climate, and geotechnical engineering. Today’s civil engineer not only designs the infrastructure essential to modern society (buildings, bridges, highways, transit systems, water and waste treatment facilities, foundations, tunnels, dams, etcetera) but also analyzes the effects of deterioration on infrastructure elements while considering system interdependencies and the evaluation of life-cycle impacts. Civil engineers must consider environmental impact and economic sustainability in the development of modern infrastructure.

UNBC offers an integrated systems approach to Civil Engineering which is in keeping with the themes of design, life-cycle assessment, systems engineering, sustainable materials, renewable energy, and low-impact development throughout.

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a major in Civil Engineering is 155 credit hours. Students are also required to successfully complete 12 credit hours of Co-operative Education. 


Program Requirements

First Year (Semesters 1 & 2)
CHEM 100-3 General Chemistry I
CHEM 120-1 General Chemistry Laboratory I
CPSC 110-3 Introduction to Computer Systems and Programing
ENGR 110-3 Technical Writing
ENGR 117-3 Engineering Design 1
ENGR 130-4 Mechanics of Materials I
ENGR 151-1 Engineering Tools I
ENGR 152-1 Engineering Tools II
MATH 100-3 Calculus I
MATH 101-3 Calculus II
MATH 220-3 Linear Algebra
PHYS 110-4 Introductory Physics I: Mechanics
PHYS 111-4 Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity
Second Year (Semesters 4 & 5)
ENGR 217-4 Engineering Design II
ENGR 240-4 Materials I
ENGR 241-4 Materials II
ENGR 250-4 Structural Design I
ENGR 251-4 Structural Design II
ENGR 260-3 Soil Mechanics I
GEOG 205-3 Cartography and Geomatics
MATH 200-3 Calculus III
MATH 230-3 Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
STATS 371-3 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
Third Year (Semesters 7, 9, & 11)
ENGR 300-3 Green Principles of Engineering
ENGR 317-4 Engineering Design III
ENGR 340-3 Materials III
ENGR 350-3 Structural Analysis
ENGR 351-4 Fluid Mechanics I
ENGR 352-4 Fluid Mechanics II
ENGR 353-4 Hydrology and Open Channel Flow
ENGR 358-3 Water and Waste Water Systems
ENGR 360-4 Soil Mechanics II
ENGR 370-3 Transportations Systems
ENGR 372-3 Construction Management
ENGR 374-3 Cold Climate Engineering
ENGR 380-3 Engineering Economics
ENGR 381-3 Urban and Regional Planning
3 credit hours chosen from the list of technical electives
3 credit hours of electives from the Physical or Life Sciences

Fourth Year (Semesters 13 & 14)
ENGR 400-4 Capstone Design Project I
ENGR 401-4 Capstone Design Project II
ENGR 410-3 Professional Practice & Law
ENGR 411-3 Project Management
ENGR 440-3 Foundation Design
12 credit hours chosen from the list of technical electives
3 credit hours of electives from the Humanities

Technical Electives

Technical electives are chosen, as appropriate to the student’s discipline, from the technical electives list.
ENSC 302-3 Low Carbon Energy Development
ENSC 404-3 Waste Management
ENSC 406-3 Environmental Modelling
ENSC 408-3 Storms
ENSC 425-3 Climate Change and Global Warming
ENSC 450-3 Environmental and Geophysical Data Analysis
ENSC 452-3 Reclamation and Remediation of Disturbed Environments
ENSC 453-3 Environmental Resources Management and Decision Making
ENSC 460-3 Soil Chemical Processes and the Environment
NREM 410-3 Watershed Management
Students may also choose appropriate courses from other engineering disciplines as technical electives. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have the prerequisites for the technical electives they wish to take.


Environmental Engineering Degree Program Requirements

Environmental and ecological problems are increasingly of concern to all Canadians but particularly in the resource rich northern portion of British Columbia. The concerns are especially acute due to a primarily resource-based economy which depends on forestry, mining, oil and gas, and fisheries. Further, the northern economy generates a significant portion of British Columbia’s primary wealth and feeds the provincial economic growth. UNBC offers an Environmental Engineering degree which integrates basic science with modern Engineering practices. Our graduates are prepared to take on the challenges facing modern society, from problems in water, air, and soil pollution control to mine waste disposal to solid waste management and mine remediation. Modern issues require highly skilled engineers with a solid background in environmental engineering, strong communication skills, and the ability to work across disciplinary boundaries. This program prepares graduates for a wide range of employment opportunities where the technical expertise and problem-solving skills of engineers are needed in conjunction with a strong awareness and understanding of environmental issues and problems.

Our graduates work in the new environmental economy – in areas related to environmental reclamation, remediation, and restoration.

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a major in Environmental Engineering is 151 credit hours. Students are also required to successfully complete 12 credit hours of Co-operative Education.


Program Requirements

First Year (Semesters 1 & 2)
CHEM 100-3 General Chemistry I
CHEM 120-1 General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 101-3 General Chemistry II
CHEM 121-1 General Chemistry Laboratory II
CPSC 110-3 Introduction to Computer Systems and Programing
ENGR 110-3 Technical Writing
ENGR 117-3 Engineering Design 1
ENGR 130-4 Mechanics of Materials I
ENGR 151-1 Engineering Tools I
ENGR 152-1 Engineering Tools II
MATH 100-3 Calculus I
MATH 101-3 Calculus II
MATH 220-3 Linear Algebra
PHYS 110-4 Introductory Physics I: Mechanics
Second Year (Semesters 4 & 5)
BIOL 103-3 Introductory Biology I
BIOL 123-1 Introductory Biology I Laboratory
ENGR 210-3 Materials and Energy Balance
ENGR 217-4 Engineering Design II
ENGR 220-4 Engineering Chemistry
ENGR 260-3 Soil Mechanics I
ENGR 270-3 Groundwater
GEOG 205-3 Cartography and Geomatics
MATH 200-3 Calculus III
MATH 230-3 Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
STATS 371-3 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
Third Year (Semesters 7, 9, & 11)
ENGR 244-3 Thermodynamics
ENGR 300-3 Green Principles of Engineering
ENGR 306-3 Environmental Modelling
ENGR 317-4 Engineering Design III
ENGR 351-4 Fluid Mechanics I
ENGR 352-4 Fluid Mechanics II
ENGR 353-4 Hydrology and Open Channel Flow
ENGR 358-3 Water and Waste Water Systems
ENGR 359-3 Ground Water Contamination
ENGR 360-4 Soil Mechanics II
ENGR 365-3 Mining and the Environment
ENGR 380-3 Engineering Economics
ENGR 381-3 Urban and Regional Planning
6 credit hours chosen from the list of technical electives
3 credit hours of electives from the Physical or Life Sciences

Fourth Year (Semesters 13 & 14)
ENGR 400-4 Capstone Design Project I
ENGR 401-4 Capstone Design Project II
ENGR 410-3 Professional Practice & Law
ENGR 411-3 Project Management
ENGR 420-3 Transport Phenomena
ENGR 421-3 Environmental Hydraulics
ENGR 440-3 Foundation Design
6 credit hours chosen from the list of technical electives
3 credit hours of electives from the Humanities

Technical Electives

Technical electives are chosen, as appropriate to the student’s discipline, from the technical electives list.
ENSC 302-3 Low Carbon Energy Development
ENSC 404-3 Waste Management
ENSC 406-3 Environmental Modelling
ENSC 408-3 Storms
ENSC 425-3 Climate Change and Global Warming
ENSC 450-3 Environmental and Geophysical Data Analysis
ENSC 452-3 Reclamation and Remediation of Disturbed Environments
ENSC 453-3 Environmental Resources Management and Decision Making
ENSC 460-3 Soil Chemical Processes and the Environment
NREM 410-3 Watershed Management
Students may also choose appropriate courses from other engineering disciplines as technical electives. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have the prerequisites for the technical electives they wish to take.

Updated: 16 April 2019