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 should consult their research supervisor or the specialty advisor. 

M.A.Sc.:

Core Credits (Maximum)

(19)

 

 

Elective Credits

(2)

 

 

Thesis Credits

(12)

  (Register for CIVL 599C)

 

Total Credits

(33)

 

 

 

 

 

M.Eng.:

Core Credits (Maximum)

(16)

 

 

Elective Credits

(11-17)

 

 

Project Course (optional)

(3- 6)

  CIVL 596 (Limited availability)

 

Total Credits

(33)

 

 

 

 

 

Ph.D.:

Core Credits

(19)

 

 

Elective Credits

(11)

 

 

Thesis Credits

(0)

  (Register for CIVL 699)

 

Total Credits

(30)

  (Minimum required beyond Bachelor’s degree)

 

Prerequisites: Students entering Pollution Control and Waste Management (PCWM) are required to have the following prerequisite courses (or equivalents).  If no equivalent has been taken, the student may be required to take the course in their first fall semester. In some cases, a student may be able to take the missing background course concurrently with the required core course; otherwise, the required core course may have to be deferred for one year.  A final possibility is to take the prerequisite on an Audit basis, depending on the total course load in the first term. 

Prerequisite Courses
Credits
Term

MICB 201

Introductory Environmental Microbiology

3

1 and 2

CHEM 301

Aqueous Environmental Chemistry

3

1

CIVL 416

Environmental Hydraulics

3

1

With prior departmental approval, course exemptions and/or substitutions will be allowed in special circumstances.

Core Courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 407

Environmental Laboratory Analysis

3

1

CIVL 565

Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes

3

1

CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems

2

1

CIVL 569

Biological Wastewater Treatment

4

1

CIVL 5971

Graduate Seminar

1

1 and 2

CIVL 562

Environmental Contaminant Analysis Lab

(required only for M.A.Sc. & Ph.D. students prerequisite is CIVL 407 or equivalent)

3

2

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

Students must select one of the two following courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 564

Engineering Management of Solid Waste

2

1

OR

CHBE 575

Air Pollution Control

3

1

Approved Elective Courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 305

Environmental Impact Studies

3

2

CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

Not offered in 2016-17

CIVL 555

Analysis of Civil Engineering Systems

2

2

CIVL 557

Toxic and Hazardous Wastes Treatment

2

Not offered in 2016-17

CIVL 5591

Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment
(prerequisites are CIVL 565 & CIVL 569)

3

2

CIVL 563

Unit Operations and Processes

3

Not offered in 2016-17

CIVL 567

Water Pollution Control Engineering

2

Not offered in 2016-17

CIVL 572

 Environmental Geotechnique

3

Not offered in 2016-17

1Offered every other year only. Next offering: January, 2017

Geo-Environmental Course Guidelines

Prior to registering for courses, students should consult their research supervisor or the specialty advisor.  For any requests for advanced credit from prior studies, or for specific course exemptions or equivalencies, students should seek the written approval of the supervisor or specialty advisor upon entry or prior to registering in affected courses. 

 

M.A.Sc.:

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Elective Credits

(17)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Specialty Advisor)

 

Thesis Credits

(12)

  (Register for CIVL 599C)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

M.Eng.:

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Elective Credits

(29)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Specialty Advisor)

 

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).

Core Courses (Required)
Credits
Term

CIVL 597*

Geo-Environmental Seminar

1

1 and 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

Not offered

CIVL 562

Environmental Contaminant Analysis Lab

3

2

CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic System

2

1

CIVL 567

Water Pollution Control Engineering

2

Not offered

CIVL 570

Soil Mechanics

3

1

CIVL 572

Environmental Geotechnique

3

Not offered

CIVL 577

Soil Exploration for Engineering Design

3

Not offered

CIVL 579

Geosynthetics

2

1

EOSC 533

Advanced Groundwater Hydrology

3

1

EOSC 535

Transport Processes in Porous Media

3

2

Non-Civil Electives
Credits
Term

CHBE 572

Water Pollution Control

2-6

Not offered

CHBE 575

Air Pollution Control

3

1

CHEM 301

Aqueous Environmental Chemistry

3

1

EOSC 540

Advanced Groundwater Geochemistry

3

1

FRST 590

Statistical Methods in Hydrology

3

Not offered

MINE 580

Acid Rock Drainage

3

MINE 581

Environmental Technologies and Issues in Mining

3

Not offered

RMES 515

Integrated Watershed Management  (Web Oriented Course)

3

2