Environmental Engineering (with optional Co-op)

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Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers use chemistry, biology, ecosystem, and engineering principles to assess, remediate, and monitor air, water, and land pollution challenges. Environmental engineers address multiple issues, ranging from how to minimize climate change effects on our infrastructure and systems, to providing clean drinking water, to cleaning wastes before they re-enter our ecosystems. Ensuring that our operations are sustainable for future generations is one of the greatest challenges facing society, and environmental engineers are part of the solution.

  • Allows students to tackle the challenges that can harm human and ecosystem health and to design real-world processes and systems that remove contaminants before they are released into our air, water and soil
  • Includes the study and application of the latest technologies, systems and approaches for preventing and reducing pollution, increasing eco-efficiency and promoting renewable energy, that lead to innovative, sustainable and economical solutions for our planet
Program Description
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers two separate degree programs: Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Both programs are similar in many respects, but each offers its own unique strengths.
Ours was the first environmental engineering degree program in Canada. After first-year, specialize in subjects such as air pollution, water pollution control, chemical reaction engineering, environmental microbiology, waste management, and assessing the sustainability and environmental performance of engineering projects and systems. These will serve as a broad base to further develop and apply your environmental expertise to a wide variety of environmental situations that may face industry and the community. 

Minimum Admission Average: 74%

Secondary Average: 74%*

Students in all programs take a common first year.

ENG4U, MHF4U, SCH4U and SPH4U required. MCV4U is strongly recommended.

*Engineering second average is the average of all math and science courses except biology.


Environmental Engineering graduates are employed in a wide arrange of fields, including:

  • State-of-the-art manufacturing and production
  • Business
  • Government
  • Systems design/operation/building/maintenance
  • Consulting
  • Transportation
  • Pollution control and prevention
  • Advanced computing and communications
  • Medicine and medical technology
  • Bio-based engineering
  • Research and development
  • Structural design
  • Failure analysis
  • Construction and infrastructure renewal
  • Scheduling and optimization
  • Automotive industry
  • Environmental protection
  • Project, process and systems management
  • Robotics and advanced electronics
  • Power generation and distribution
  • Design/analysis for new or rehabilitated structures and systems 
  • Overseeing municipal operations
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