Bachelor of Applied Science - Environmental Engineering

4 years
22,460 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
University of Northern British Columbia

Program description

All facets of environmental engineering are covered in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Environmental Engineering at UNBC, with a focus on sustainable development, providing drinking water to northern communities, managing wastewater, and cleaning up and reclaiming former areas of resource extraction.

All Canadians are becoming more concerned about environmental and ecological issues, notably in British Columbia's resource-rich north. Due to a heavily resource-based economy that depends on forestry, mining, oil and gas, and fisheries, the issues are particularly pressing. Additionally, the northern economy contributes significantly to British Columbia's primary wealth and the expansion of the provincial economy. UNBC provides a degree in environmental engineering that combines fundamental science with contemporary engineering techniques. Our graduates are equipped to tackle issues facing contemporary society, such as safeguarding society from harmful environmental influences, safeguarding environments from potentially harmful effects of human and natural activities, controlling water, air, and soil pollution, managing solid waste, and cleaning up contaminated sites.

High-caliber engineers with a strong foundation in environmental engineering, good interpersonal skills, and the capacity to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries are needed to address today's concerns. This curriculum prepares graduates for a variety of professional options where engineers' technical knowledge, problem-solving abilities, and strong awareness and comprehension of environmental issues and problems are required.

Program structure

First Year (Semesters 1 & 2)

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • Introduction to Computer Systems and Programing
  • Technical Writing
  • Engineering Design 1
  • Mechanics of Materials I
  • Engineering Tools I
  • Engineering Tools II
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Linear Algebra
  • Introductory Physics I: Mechanics
  • Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity

Second Year (Semesters 3 & 4)

  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis I
  • Engineering Communication
  • Engineering Design II
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Mechanics of Materials II
  • Fluid Mechanics I
  • Surveying
  • Calculus III
  • Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
  • Statistical Reasoning for Engineers

Third Year (Semesters 5 & 6)

  • Structural Analysis II
  • Structural Design I
  • Structural Design II
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Transportation Systems
  • Construction Management
  • Sustainable Principles of Engineering
  • Hydrology and Open Channel Flow
  • Water and Wastewater Systems
  • Engineering Economics
  • Introduction to Numerical Methods

Fourth Year (Semesters 7 & 8)

  • Capstone Design Project I
  • Capstone Design Project II
  • Professional Practice & Law

One of the following: 

  1. Project Management
  2. Engineering Business & Project Management


  • Tuition* 22,460 CAD
  • Student Fees* 1,690 CAD
  • Books* 1,600 CAD

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

Requirements for applicants

  • Meet UNBC's English language requirements
  • Meet the international admission requirements by country or meet the admission with a General Certificate of Education (or equivalent)
  • Complete the required high school course equivalencies outlined in the Domestic tab prior.

About the university

One of Canada's top universities, UNBC is situated in the breathtaking scenery of northern British Columbia.

Excellent undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities are offered by UNBC in the areas of cultures, economics, health, sciences, and the environment. We share the exhilaration of new knowledge with our students and the results of our teaching and research with the world as one of British Columbia's research-intensive institutions. UNBC is a welcome place with a warm, inclusive, and supportive learning environment in addition to cultivating and celebrating academic excellence.

The University of the North by and for the North is UNBC. Our students, alumni, teachers, staff, and the communities we serve all feel a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure as a result of our goal. We are also Canada's Green UniversityTM, paving the road for everyone's future to be more sustainable.


To affect people's lives and communities in the North and around the world while being Canada's top destination university in terms of personal character.


To have an impact on the world today and inspire future leaders.

UNBC's Academic Structure

  1. Faculty of Environment
  2. Faculty of Business and Economics
  3. Faculty of Human and Health Sciences
  4. Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities
  5. Faculty of Science and Engineering
  6. Division of Medical Sciences

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