Application open for new UBC environmental engineering program launching fall 2020

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To meet the rising demand for environmental engineers by government agencies and the manufacturing, agricultural, and resource sectors, as well as consulting firms, the University of British Columbia is proud to announce a new four-year undergraduate environmental engineering degree to begin in fall 2020.

The result of an innovative partnership between UBC’s Departments of Civil Engineering and Chemical & Biological Engineering, the four-year program will adopt a collaborative, team-based approach to prepare students with the tools and knowledge necessary for a future in environmental engineering.

Environmental engineering is a broad field that applies engineering principles to support the health of natural systems and provide healthy land, water, and air for habitation. Graduates will go on to design and manage processes and products that minimize pollution, protect human health, and promote sustainability—all without sacrificing economic viability and efficiency.

Students in the UBC environmental engineering program will learn from a team of respected and esteemed professors whose research and applied work have made significant impact to the field of environmental engineering.

To complement their studies, students may participate in UBC Engineering Co-op, currently the biggest co-op program in Western Canada.

“We are excited at the prospect of helping young and enthusiastic individuals prepare for a career in environmental engineering and to face and help solve many of the most pressing issues facing humankind in the 21st century,” said Dr. Madjid Mohseni and Dr. Greg Lawrence, co-directors of the new program.

The inaugural class will begin the program in fall 2020 and devote four years to coursework, fieldwork and individual capstone research projects.

Application is now open to all first-year UBC engineering students.

To learn more about the new program, visit