Environmental Systems Engineering

Environmental Systems Engineering (ESE) focuses on protecting the health of our water, land and urban systems.  Over the past 30 years, the ESE Group at the University of British Columbia has been a global leader in the field of Environmental Systems Engineering.  In the 1970’s and 80's, the Group was at the forefront of the development of biological phosphorus removal technologies. In the 1990's, the Group was instrumental in maintaining Canada’s lead in the development of green technologies both in the natural resource sector (e.g. forest industry) and in urban/agricultural water and waste management sectors.  Since the start of the millennia, the Group continues to be a world leader through the development and commercialization of technologies essential to address emerging environmental challenges, both locally and globally.  Examples of ongoing research by the Group include the recovery of nutrients and energy from wastes (e.g. anaerobic membrane bioreactors, membrane enhanced biological nutrient recovery, phosphorous crystallization) and the production of high quality water (e.g. integrated biological systems, water recovery/cascading/reuse, membrane technologies).  For more information on Environmental Systems Engineering studies, please contact the Specialty Advisor.

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Environmental Systems Engineering Course Requirements

Programs Offered:                                        MEng, MASc, PhD

Total Credit Requirements:

credits

MEng:

Core courses:

13

Elective courses (minimum):

17

Total (minimum):

30

MASc:

Core courses:

13

Elective courses (minimum):

5

MASc thesis:

12

Total (minimum):

30

PhD1:

Core courses:

13

Elective courses (minimum):

17

PhD thesis:

0

Total (minimum):

30

 

1Note: for the PhD degree, credits shown are for all coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree level.

Specific Course Requirements

These are given in the following table for all three programs in the specialization – the MEng, MASc and PhD programs.  Courses to be taken include Core Courses that must be completed, Approved Elective Courses that contribute to the remaining course credit requirement, and Pre-/Co-requisite Courses that should have been taken prior to entry to the program, but that, if taken, do not contribute to the total credit requirement.  Please see MEng, MASc or PhD requirements as appropriate for the associated coursework regulations.  These include the need for the Program Plan to be approved by the Research Supervisor or Specialty Advisor prior to registering in courses, specific registration/attendance requirements (e.g. CIVL 597), requirements for prior course / transfer credit approvals, and the selection of replacement courses.

 

Pre-/Co-requisite Courses

Credits  

Term

1CIVL 407

Environmental Laboratory Analysis

3

1

Core Courses

CIVL 562

Environmental Contaminant Analysis Laboratory

3

2

CIVL 565

Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes

3

1

CIVL 598

Biological Wastewater Treatment (formerly CIVL 569)

3

1

CIVL 559

Advanced Water & Wastewater Treatment Technology

3

1

CIVL 597-003

Graduate Seminar (Environmental)

1

1 & 2

 

Total core-course credits:

13

 

 

Approved Elective Courses

Credits 

Term

CIVL 523

Project Management for Engineers

3

2

CIVL 524

Legal Aspects of Project and Construction Mgmt

3

1

CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

2

CIVL 561

Inves, Risk Assess & Mgmt of Chmls in Geo-Environ

3

2

CIVL 564

Engineering Management of Solid Wastes

3

N/A

2CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems

3

N/A

CIVL 598X

Transport Emissions and Air Quality

3

2

CHBE 551

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

3

2

CHBE 560

Biological Engineering

3

2

CHBE 575

Air Pollution Control

3

1

CHBE 583

Energy Engineering

3

1

CHEM 517

Electrochemistry

3

1

CHEM 527

Nanomaterials

3

1

CHEM 534

Principles of Chemical Separation

3

2

CEEN 523

Energy and the Environment

3

2

IWME 503

Chem & Biological Industrial Water Treatment Design

3

2

IWME 504

Water and Wastewater Management Strategies

3

1

MICB 505

Molecular Microbiology

3

1

Approved Undergraduate Electives:

 

 

CIVL 416

Environmental Hydraulics

3

1

CHEM 406

Polymer Chemistry

3

1

MICB 401

Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

3

1

MICB 405

Bioinformatics

3

2

MICB 425

Microbial Ecological Genomics

3

1

 

1Or equivalent.  If CIVL 407 or equivalent has not been taken, student must register for CIVL 407.

2CIVL 566 requires CIVL 416 as a co-requisite, which in turn requires and CIVL 215 & 316 as prerequisites.