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. 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.
Career Opportunities Due to their technical expertise, hands-on problem solving skills and keen understanding of environmental issues, environmental engineers are in high-demand—especially in resource industries such as forestry, mining, pulp and paper, chemical process, fisheries, agri-food, and oil and gas. Environmental engineers are essential to the new “environmental economy,” which includes environmental reclamation, remediation and restoration. Environmental engineers perform a variety of roles ranging from field work to management, with various government departments and research organizations and environmental consulting companies.