This degree is a 4.5-year (nine semester) joint degree between UBC and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). If you are interested in engineering, and in preserving our natural environment, then Environmental Engineering could be for you. Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to improve air, land, water, and living systems for a healthy environment.
- Campus: Vancouver
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering)
- Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering)
- Length 4.5 yrs
You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
You can study intense specialization in a single field.
Environmental Engineering is a 4.5-year (nine semester) joint degree between UBC and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC – located in Prince George, BC). Application for admission is made through UNBC.
The program starts with a two-year foundation in mathematics, basic sciences, and environmental sciences from UNBC. The third and fourth years offer training in engineering fundamentals, engineering analysis, and engineering design, through courses in Civil Engineering and Chemical & Biological Engineering at UBC. The final term at UNBC exposes you to practical environmental engineering problems.
A selection of the UBC courses you can take (years three and four) are listed to the right of this page, in the “what you will learn” section. To view the UNBC courses (years one, two, and five), visit the program webpage.
The program is designed to meet the criteria of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board and of environmental engineering registration with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia. Prospective international students should determine certification requirements in the country of their intended practice.
The Environmental Engineering program is based on a unique collaboration between UNBC and UBC, which 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.
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A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.
English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.
General admission requirements
IB Diploma Programme
- Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.
IB Certificate Courses
- IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
- Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
- IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.
Degree-specific requirements: Applied Science (Engineering)
- IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL or HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. (IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, are not acceptable.)
- IB Chemistry
- IB Physics
- Academically strong candidates missing either IB Chemistry or IB Physics may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.
- Language Arts
- Mathematics and Computation