Geo-Environmental Engineering

Geo-Environmental Engineering is concerned with engineering solutions relating to environmental impacts of contaminants within soils, and includes such aspects as understanding the migration, interactions and fate of contaminants, the protection of uncontaminated regions, and the remediation or clean up of contaminated sites. It requires an understanding and knowledge of the relevant principles of chemistry, biology and physics, types of contaminants, geosynthetic and other barriers and containment systems, regulatory requirements and site remediation technologies. It entails site investigation, sampling approaches and methods, modelling, assessments, treatment and control strategies.

Geo-Environmental Engineering Course Requirements

Programs Offered: MASc, PhD
Total Credit Requirements:
credits
MASc: Core courses: 1
Elective courses (minimum): 17
MASc thesis: 12
Total (minimum): 30
PhD1: Core courses: 1
Elective courses (minimum): 29
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 both programs in the specialization – the 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 MASc requirements or PhD requirements as appropriate for the associated coursework regulations.  These include the need for the Coursework Plan to be approved by the Research Supervisor or Specialty Advisor prior to registering in courses, specific registration/attendance requirements re. CIVL 597, requirements for the approvals of prior course / transfer credits or course exemptions (PhD program only), and the selection of elective courses.

 

Pre-/Co-requisite Courses (do not count towards credit total)

Credits 

Term

CIVL 304

Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering

3

2

 

Core Courses

Credits 

Term

Register in one of the following, and attend individual seminars as are the most relevant:

CIVL 597-002

Graduate Seminar (Hydrotechnical)

1

1 & 2

CIVL 597-003

Graduate Seminar (Environmental)

1

1 & 2

CIVL 597-007

Graduate Seminar (Geotechnical)

1

1 & 2

 

Total core-course credits:

1

 

 

Approved Elective Courses

Credits 

Term

CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

N/A1

CIVL 557

Toxic and Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal

2

N/A

2CIVL 561

Investigation … in the Geo-Environment

3

2

3CIVL 562

Environmental Contaminant Analysis Laboratory

3

2

3CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems

2

N/A

CIVL 570

Advanced Soil Mechanics

3

N/A

CIVL 572

Environmental Geotechnique

3

N/A

CIVL 574

Experimental Soil Mechanics

3

2

CIVL 575

Constitutive Models for Soil

2

1

CIVL 577

Soil Exploration for Engineering Design

3

N/A

CIVL 579

Geosynthetics

2

1

CHBE 575

Air Pollution Control

3

1

EOSC 532

Field Laboratory in Groundwater Hydrology

3

1

3EOSC 533

Advanced Groundwater Hydrology

3

1

2EOSC 535

Transport Processes in Porous Media

3

N/A

EOSC 540

Advanced Groundwater Geochemistry

3

1

2EOSC 541

Multi-Component Reactive Transport Modelling in Groundwater

3

2

FRST 590

Statistical Methods in Hydrology

3

2

MINE 541

Environmental Technologies and Issues in Mining

3

1

SOIL 515

Integrated Watershed Management 

3

1

Approved Undergraduate Electives:

 

 

CIVL 407

Environmental Laboratory Analysis

3

1

CIVL 411

Foundation Engineering II

3

2

CIVL 416

Environmental Hydraulics

3

1

EOSC 429

Groundwater Contamination

3

1

EOSC 431

Groundwater Remediation

3

N/A

 

1N/A – not offered in 2017/18.

2These are considered the highest priority courses and should be taken if available.

3CIVL 562 requires CIVL 407 as a prerequisite; CIVL 566 requires CIVL 416 as a co-requisite, which in turn requires CIVL 215 and CIVL 316 as prerequisites; EOSC 532 requires EOSC 533 as a prerequisite.