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.

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; up to 18 credits of coursework exemptions may be approved for courses taken through a Master's degree.

General Coursework Requirements

Coursework requirements fall into three categories:

  • Pre-/Co-requisite Courses should have been taken prior to entry to the program, but, if taken during the program, do not contribute to the total credit requirement.
  • Core course requirements are specific courses or combinations of courses that must be taken in the manner specified.
  • Elective course requirements. The remaining course credit requirements may be met by selecting courses from a list of Approved Elective Courses, from additional courses contributing to the core course requirement, or by securing Specialty Advisor / Supervisor approval for other courses.

Please see the MEng / MASc / PhD requirements pages 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 approval of transfer credits for the MEng or MASc programs or of credit exemptions for the PhD program.

Specialization Course Requirements (MEng, MASc and PhD programs)

Pre-/co-requisite requirement

CIVL 407 – Environmental Laboratory Analysis (or equivalent)

Core course requirements

All four courses CIVL 562, 565, 569 and 597-003 as listed below, plus one of CIVL 541, 598K, 598X or CHBE 575. 

Elective course requirements

Electives may be taken from the List of Approved Electives below, or other electives may be taken with approval of the Specialty Advisor / Supervisor.


Pre-/Co-requisite Courses

Credits  

Term

CIVL 407

Environmental Laboratory Analysis (or equivalent)

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 Wastewater Treatment

3

1

CIVL 597-003

Graduate Seminar (Environmental)

1

1 & 2

Plus one of CIVL 541, 598K, 598X or CHBE 575 (see below)

3

1

 

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

3CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

Summer

CIVL 561

Risk and Remediation in Geo-environment

3

2

CIVL 564

Engineering Management of Solid Waste

3

N/A1

2CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems

3

N/A1

CIVL 598E

Risk and Decision Analysis

3

1

3CIVL 598K

Environmental Stewardship

3

1

3CIVL 598X

Low Pressure Membrane Systems 

3

1

CHBE 551

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

3

2

3CHBE 575

Air Pollution Control

3

1

CHBE 583

Energy Engineering

3

1

CHEM 517

Electrochemistry

3

1

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

1

MICB 425

Microbial Ecological Genomics

3

2

 

1N/A – Not Offered in 2019/20.

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

3One of these four courses must be taken as part of the core course requirement.