Bachelor of Applied Science - Environmental Engineering (Joint UNBC and UBC)

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

Program description

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 breadth and depth of engineering at UBC.

The UNBC/UBC BASc in Environmental Engineering covers all aspects of environmental engineering, with a focus on sustainable development, northern community drinking water delivery, wastewater management, and resource extraction site remediation and reclamation.

Canadians, especially those in resource-rich northern British Columbia, are concerned about environmental issues. Due to a resource-dependent economy focused on forestry, mining, oil and gas, and fisheries, worries are especially high. British Columbia's core wealth and economic growth come from the north. Environmental Engineering at UNBC combines basic science with current engineering.

Our graduates are prepared to tackle modern society's environmental issues, including water, air, and soil pollution control, solid waste management, and contaminated site remediation. Modern problems require highly qualified engineers with environmental engineering experience, good communication skills, and the ability to work across disciplines. This curriculum prepares graduates for a wide range of engineering jobs that require technical expertise and problem-solving skills as well as environmental awareness and understanding.

Program structure

Semester 1 and 2

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • 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

Semester 3 and 4

  • Material and Energy Balances
  • Engineering Communication
  • Engineering Design II
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Fluid Mechanics I
  • Weather and Climate
  • Engineering Biology
  • Introduction to Soil Science
  • Introduction to Earth Science
  • Calculus III
  • Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
  • Statistical Reasoning for Engineers

Lists for courses completed at UBC for semesters 5 through 8 are provided for information only. Please refer to our manager for official requirements.

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering Thermodynamics I
  • Transport Phenomena II
  • Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering
  • Water Pollution Control
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering Economics or Engineering Economic Analysis
  • Air Pollution Prevention and Control
  • Soil Mechanics I
  • Engineering and Sustainable Development
  • Fluid Mechanics II
  • Hydrology and Open Channel Flow
  • Engineering Law and Contracts in Civil Engineering
  • Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Municipal Engineering
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Mining and the Environment

Semester 9 completed at UNBC

  • Engineering Design V
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Measurement and Analysis



  • 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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