Todd Whitcombe, Associate Professor and Chair
Jianbing Li, Professor
Jueyi Sui, Professor
Ron Thring, Professor
Steve Helle, Associate Professor and Co-Director
Engineers serve society across a wide range of economic sectors, and an increased number of engineering graduates are needed by the province to assure its economic growth and maintain its high quality of life. Therefore, future development decisions in most major sectors of the British Columbia economy must fully integrate environmental and economic factors. Problems in water, air and soil pollution control and remediation, solid waste management, mine waste disposal, and geo-environmental engineering require highly skilled engineers with a solid background in environmental engineering, strong communication skills and the ability to work across disciplines. The 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. This is the case most particularly for resource industries (e.g. forestry, fisheries, mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and the agri-food industry); various government departments and research organizations; and in environmental engineering consulting companies. It is also anticipated that graduates will work in the new environmental economy—areas related to environmental reclamation, remediation and restoration.
The Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Applied Science program is a 4.5 year (nine semester) joint degree between the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia. The program is based on a unique collaboration between UNBC and UBC that capitalizes on the strength of UNBC in Environmental Science and the strength of UBC in Engineering. It incorporates complementary elements and expertise from each institution while maintaining the exposure of students to the distinctive character of both institutions. The program starts with a two-year foundation in mathematics, basic and environmental sciences from UNBC. In the third and fourth years, the program provides a thorough education and training in engineering fundamentals, engineering analysis and engineering design, largely through courses in Civil Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia. The final term at UNBC exposes students to practical environmental engineering problems.
The Environmental Engineering program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of Engineers Canada.
Admission to the program is limited and is based on academic qualifications and available space. Priority admission will be given to students who meet 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.
Unless otherwise specified, the rules and regulations will be those applicable at the institution (UBC or UNBC) at which the students are attending at the time the rules/regulations need to be applied. In the case where the rules and regulations are needed to cover the program as a whole, or where the institution of attendance is not relevant, then the more stringent rules/regulations will be applied. Any academic appeals will be handled using the procedures at the institution where the rules/regulations need to be applied.
The minimum residency requirement is 90 credits. These may be fulfilled through a combination of courses taken at UNBC and UBC, provided that at least 30 credits are completed at each of the two institutions.
Progression between years and institutions requires good academic standing in the program at the most recent institution of residence (UNBC or UBC). At UNBC this means a GPA of at least 2.00 or 63%. At UBC this means an average of at least 55%, and passing grades in at least 65% of the credits taken.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his/her degree requirements are met. Students must have a CGPA of at least 2.00 (63%) over all courses at both institutions to graduate. The diploma will carry crests from both granting institutions (UNBC and UBC).
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 highest 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 (see above).
Co-operative education, available through UBC Engineering Co-op, is an optional but strongly recommended element of the Environmental Engineering program.
|UNBC degree requirements:||90 credit hours|
|UBC degree requirements:||71 credit hours|
|Total credits for degree:||161 credit hours|
Semester 1 and 2 completed at UNBC
|CHEM 100-3||General Chemistry I|
|CHEM 101-3||General Chemistry II|
|CHEM 120-1||General Chemistry Lab I|
|CHEM 121-1||General Chemistry Lab II|
|CPSC 110-3||Introduction to Computer Systems and Programming|
|ENGR 117-3||Engineering Design I|
|ENGR 110-3||Technical Writing|
Engineering Tools I
Engineering Tools II
|MATH 100-3||Calculus I|
|MATH 101-3||Calculus II|
|PHYS 110-4||Introductory Physics I: Mechanics|
|PHYS 111-4||Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity|
Semester 3 and 4 completed at UNBC
|ENSC 201-3||Weather and Climate|
|ENGR 210-3||Material and Energy Balances|
|ENGR 217-3||Engineering Design II|
|ENGR 220-3||Engineering Chemistry|
|ENGR 350-3||Fluid Mechanics|
|ENGR 451-3||Groundwater Hydrology|
Introduction to Earth Science
|MATH 200-3||Calculus III|
|MATH 220-3||Linear Algebra|
|MATH 230-3||Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems|
|STAT 371-3||Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers|
Note: List of courses completed at UBC for Semesters 5 through 8 completed at UBC are provided for information only. Please refer to the UBC calendar for official requirements.
Chemical and Biological Engineering Thermodynamics I
|CHBE 351-3||Transport Phenomena II|
|CHBE 364-2||Environmental Engineering Laboratory|
|CHBE 373-3||Water Pollution Control|
|CHBE 459-3||Chemical and Biological Engineering Economics|
|or CIVL 403-3||Engineering Economic Analysis|
|CHBE 484-3||Green Engineering Principles and Applications for Process Industries|
Air Pollution Prevention and Control
|CIVL 200-3||Engineering and Sustainable Development|
Soil Mechanics I
|CIVL 311-4||Soil Mechanics II|
|CIVL 315-4||Fluid Mechanics II|
|CIVL 316-4||Hydrology and Open Channel Flow|
|CIVL 402-3||Engineering Law and Contracts in Civil Engineering|
|CIVL 408-3||Geoenvironmental Engineering|
|CIVL 409-3||Municipal Engineering|
|CIVL 416-3||Environmental Hydraulics|
|CIVL 418-3||Engineering Hydrology|
|MINE 486-3||Mining and the Environment|
Twelve credit hours of Technical Electives chosen from the constrained list .
Semester 9 completed at UNBC
|ENPL 401-3||Environmental Law|
|ENSC 417-6||Designing Solutions in Environmental Engineering|
|ENSC 418-3||Environmental Measurement and Analysis|
Three credit hours of Social Science or Humanities elective.
Three credit hours of elective.
Technical electives available at UNBC for the UBC portion of the curriculum in the UBC/UNBC Joint Environmental Engineering Program
The following UNBC courses may be used to meet a Technical Elective requirement in the UBC portion of the Joint UBC/UNBC Environmental Engineering BASc. program. Normally, no more than one course from the list may be used. To qualify towards UBC technical elective requirements, the technical elective must be taken prior to transition to UBC.
|ENSC 302-3||Energy Development|
|ENSC 406-3||Environmental Modelling|
Climate Change and Global Warming
Environmental and Geophysical Data Analysis
Reclamation and Remediation of Disturbed Environments
Wood Materials Science
Updated: March 9, 2018