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Environmental Engineering

As an environmental engineer, you can serve society by ensuring we all have clean air, water and soil, and by creating sustainable solutions to today’s critical environmental questions.

This program prepares you for important employment opportunities where your technical expertise and problem-solving skills as an engineer are required, in addition to your strong awareness and understanding of environmental issues and a passion to improve the communities you live in.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)
Prince George
151 credits,  4 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Co-op,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option

Program Details

You will take design courses that begin in your first year, giving you the chance to engage your creative thinking.

Hone your problem-solving skills as you continue to take design courses in every year of the program. 

During the first two years, build a foundation in basic sciences, engineering tools and environmental issues. In the final two years, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of environmental engineering.

Along with developing a solid background in environmental engineering, you will also gain strong communication skills and the ability to work across various disciplines including resource-based industries, government departments, research organizations, and environmental engineering consulting.

Example projects that an environmental engineering graduate can work on include the following:

  • Designing and building processes to bring clean drinking water to northern communities 
  • Designing and building processes to treat municipal or industrial wastewater
  • Designing and building processes to recover energy from municipal and industrial waste 
  • Developing methods to clean contaminated soil
  • Developing flood control plans
  • Mapping groundwater flow and contaminant transport in subsurface environments
Program Website Academic Calendar

Career Paths

  • Environmental engineer
  • Pollution control engineer
  • Municipal engineer
  • Water resources engineer
  • Reclamation engineer
As a Professional Engineer, you can work in the private sector in industry or for an engineering consulting company. You can also work for a government agency or start your own engineering consultancy.

Some engineering graduates continue their academic studies at the master’s or doctoral level or pursue further education in engineering, business, project management or other fields.

Why at UNBC

  • Develop specialized knowledge in controlling and remedying water, air and soil pollution
  • Learn how contaminants move in the environment and the impacts they can have on human health
  • Think creatively and develop your problem-solving skills by taking design courses in every year of the program
  • Build an in-depth understanding of solid waste management, mine waste disposal and geo-environmental engineering
  • Engage with broader topics and perspectives on the environment and sustainability
  • Learn how engineers can play a role in adapting to and mitigating the impact of climate change
  • Experience what it takes to run an engineering firm as you develop business, team-working, problem-solving and management skills
  • Take advantage of co-operative education and research experience opportunities
  • Obtain the academic qualifications to become a licensed Professional Engineer
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'En Cha Huná

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Admission Requirements

High School Requirements (applicable for B.C. and Yukon)

Overall average of 75% minimum in the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Science
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Science
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)
  • Chemistry 11 (grade not used in admission average calculation)

Physics 12 and Chemistry 12 are strongly recommended due to first-year course content

View the full list of Approved Academic Grade 12 Courses

More high school admission requirements (including out-of-province, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement)

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,870 $24,770
Student Fees* $1,185 $1,185
Books* $1,700 $1,700

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Tuition and Fees

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid Information for Indigenous Students

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