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, 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.

Programs Offered: MASc, PhD
Total Credit Requirements:
credits
MASc: Core course requirement: 1
Elective course requirement (minimum): 17
MASc thesis: 12
Total (minimum): 30
PhD1: Core course requirement: 1
Elective course requirement (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; 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 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 MASc program or of credit exemptions for the PhD program.

Specialization Course Requirements (MASc and PhD programs)

Pre-/co-requisite requirement

CIVL 204 – Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (or equivalent)

Core course requirements

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

CIVL 597-002 – Graduate Seminar (Hydrotechnical)

CIVL 597-003 – Graduate Seminar (Environmental)

CIVL 597-007 – Graduate Seminar (Geotechnical)

Elective course requirements

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


 

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

Credits 

Term

CIVL 204

Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (or equivalent)

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

Summer

2CIVL 561

Risk & Remediation in Geo-environment

3

2

3CIVL 562

Environmental Contaminant Analysis Laboratory

3

2

3CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems

2

N/A1

CIVL 570

Advanced Soil Mechanics

3

1

CIVL 574

Experimental Soil Mechanics

3

2

CIVL 575

Constitutive Models for Soil

2

1

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 2019/20.

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.