Environmental Engineering

The graduate program in Environmental Engineering allows students to focus their studies in one of two specialty areas: Pollution Control and Waste Management and Geo-Environmental Engineering. There are significant interactions with other groups within Civil Engineering, most notably the Hydrotechnical Engineering group.Although individuals may concentrate their studies in one of the specialties, students are encouraged to consider courses from other areas of Environmental Engineering or courses offered by other departments, to construct an individually-tailored program of study that meets the interests of the student and the requirements of the thesis research project to be undertaken.

Applicants interested in graduate studies in Environmental Engineering should apply directly to the specialty program of most interest at the time of application. Although the general prerequisite for entrance to the program would be the undergraduate option in environmental engineering offered by the Department of Civil Engineering (available only till 2018) at the University of British Columbia (or equivalent), applications from students with other engineering or science degrees will be considered. Each applicant's background will be considered individually by faculty members in the appropriate specialty. Students without an adequate course or experience background will be asked to upgrade their qualifications through prerequisite or corequisite studies. MASc and PhD programs are available.

Pollution Control & Waste Management Course Guidelines

Prior to registering for courses, students must consult with their research supervisor or the Group Leader. 

M.A.Sc.:

Core Credits

(14)

 

 

Elective Credits (minimum) 

(4)

 

 

Thesis Credits

(12)

  (Register for CIVL 599C)

 

Total Credits (minimum)

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

M.Eng.:

Core Credits

(14)

 

 

Elective Credits (minimum)

(10-13)

 

 

Project Course (optional)

(3- 6)

  CIVL 596 (Limited availability)

 

Total Credits (minimum)

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

Ph.D.:

Core Credits

(141)

 

 

Elective Credits (minimum)

(191)

 

 

Thesis Credits

(0)

  (Register for CIVL 699)

 

Total Credits (minimum)

(301)

  (1-Minimum required beyond Bachelor’s degree)

 

Pre/co-requisites: Students entering Environmental Systems Engineering (ESE) must have the prerequisites listed below (or equivalents). Please consult the Group Leader to discuss options if these have not been met. Note that up to 6 credits at the undergraduate level courses (numbered 300 to 499) may be counted toward the requirements of a graduate degree. 

Pre/co-requisites:
Credits
Term

CIVL 305

Introduction to Environmental Engineering

3

 2

CIVL 304 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering  or 3 2
MICB 201     Introductory Environmental Microbiology  and 3 1
CHEM 301     Aqueous Environmental Chemistry 3 1
CIVL 216 Fluid Mechanics 4 1 & 2
CIVL 416 Environmental Hydraulics 3 1
CIVL 407 Environmental Lab Analysis 3 1
Core Courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 562

Environmental Data Collection and Analysis

3

 2

CIVL 565

Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes

3

1

CIVL 569

Biological Treatment Processes

4

1

CIVL 559

Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology

3

1 (for 2017/18 only)

CIVL 597

Graduate Seminar (Students register once for the course but must attend for the duration of their program)

1

 

Elective Courses: Student must consult with their Research Supervisor (or Group Leader for M.Eng students) regarding the elective that must be taken. 

Elective Courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 523

Project Management for Civil Engineers

3

2

CIVL 524

Legal Aspects of Project and Construction Management

3

1

CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

2

CIVL 561

Investigation, Risk Assessment and Management of Chemicals in Geo-Environ.

3

2

CHBE 575

Air Pollution Control

3

1

CHBE 560

Bioprocess Engineering

3

2

CHBE 583

Energy Engineering

3

1

CEEN 523

Energy and the Environment

3

2

IWME 503

Chemical and Biological [Industrial] Water Treatment

3

2

IWME 504

Water and Wastewater Management Strategies 

3

1

CIVL 564

Engineering Management of Solid Waste

2

(Not offered 2017/18)

CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems

2

(Not offered 2017/18)

Note that not all above elective courses are offered every year.

Geo-Environmental Course Guidelines

Prior to registering for courses, students should consult their research supervisor or the specialty advisor.  

 

M.A.Sc.:

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Constrained Electives & Unconstrained Electives

(17)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Specialty Advisor)

 

Thesis Credits

(12)

  (Register for CIVL 599C)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

M.Eng.:

(Consult with Supervisor or Specialty Advisor)

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Constrained Electives

(21)

  (minimum)

Unconstrained Electives

(8)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

Ph.D.:

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Elective Credits

(29)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Specialty Advisor)

 

Thesis Credits

(0)

  (Register for CIVL 699)

 

Total Credits

(30)

  (Minimum required beyond Bachelor’s degree)

Students must register for a minimum of 12 credits of Civil Graduate Level Courses (500-level and above, excluding M.A.Sc. thesis credits).

Ph.D. students must work in consultation with their research supervisor when selecting courses.

Pre/co-requisites: Students entering Environmental System Engineering (ESE) must have the prerequisites listed below (or equivalents). Please consult the Group Leader to discuss options if these have not been met. Note requirements of a graduate degree. 

Prerequisite Courses
Credits
Term

CHEM 301

Aqueous Environmental Chemistry

3

 2

CIVL 304

Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering

3

2

CIVL 416

Environmental Hydraulics

3

1

CIVL 407

Environmental Lab Analysis

3

1

Core Courses (Required)
Credits
Term

CIVL 597

Geo-Environmental Seminar

1

1 & 2

*Students register only once for the course, but must attend seminars for the duration of their program.

Approved Civil Elective Courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

2

CIVL 557

Toxic and Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal

2

Not offered

CIVL 561

Investigation, Risk Assessment and Management of Chemicals in Geo-Environment

3

2

CIVL 562

Environmental Contaminant Analysis Lab

3

2

CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic System

2

1

CIVL 570

Advanced Soil Mechanics

3

1

CIVL 572

Environmental Geotechnique

3

Not offered

CIVL 574

Experimental Soil Mechanics

3

2

CIVL 575

Constitutive Models for Soil

2

1

CIVL 577

Soil Exploration for Engineering Design

3

Not offered

CIVL 579

Geosynthetics

2

1

EOSC 532

Field Laboratory in Groundwater Hydrology

3

2

EOSC 533

Advanced Groundwater Hydrology

3

1

EOSC 535

Transport Processes in Porous Media

3

2

EOSC 540

Advanced Groundwater Geochemistry

3

1

EOSC 541

Multi-component Reactive Transport Modeling in Groundwater

3

2

Unconstrained Electives (Others may be approved if related to Geo-Environmental)
Credits
Term

CHBE 575

Air Pollution Control

3

1

FRST 590

Statistical Methods in Hydrology

3

Not offered

MINE 533

Treatment of Mineral Industry Effluents

2

Not offered

MINE 540

Acid Rock Drainage

3

Not offered

MINE 541

Environmental Technologies and Issues in Mining

3

1

Unconstrained Electives (Others may be approved if related to Geo-Environmental)
Credits
Term

EOSC 429

 Groundwater Contamination

3

1

EOSC 431

 Groundwater Remediation

3

Not offered

CIVL 411

 Foundation Engineering II

3

2