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. In the 1970s and 80s, ESE at UBC was at the forefront of the development of biological phosphorus removal technologies. In the 1990s, ESE at UBC 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, we have continued to be a world leader through the development and commercialization of technologies essential to address emerging environmental challenges, both locally and globally.
- Recovery of nutrients and energy from wastes (e.g. anaerobic digestion bioreactors, membrane enhanced biological nutrient recovery, phosphorous crystallization, low-energy nitrogen removal)
- Advanced treatment processes for removal of trace contaminants and pathogens
- Production of high-quality water (e.g. integrated biological systems, water recovery/cascading/reuse, stormwater treatment, membrane and disinfection technologies)
- Water and wastewater treatment in low-resource contexts
- UBC Civil In The Media – B.C. Flooding and Landslides
- UBC Civil In The Media – Engineers say better forecasting, co-ordinated warnings could protect B.C. from disasters
- Assistant Professor Ryan Ziels develops new method for near-perfect accuracy in portable DNA sequencing
- Dr. Jongho Lee receives NFRF grant to develop artificial trees for extreme weather-resilient cities
|Core courses (credits)||13||13||13|
|Elective courses (min. credits)||17||5||17|
|Seminar course||CIVL 597-003||CIVL 597-003||CIVL 597-003|
|Thesis course||N/A||CIVL 599||CIVL 699|
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, 598W, 598X, or CHBE 575.
Electives may be taken from the list of Approved Electives below, or other electives may be taken with the approval of the Specialty Advisor / Supervisor.
Undergraduate students who are interested in Environmental Systems Engineering are directed to the following courses:
- CIVL 406
- CHBE 364
- CHBE 485
|CIVL 407||Environmental Laboratory Analysis (or equivalent)||3||N/A1|
|Core Courses – Graduate||Name||Credits||Term|
|CIVL 562||Environmental Data Collection and Analysis||3||N/A1|
|CIVL 565||Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes||3||1|
|CIVL 569||Biological Wastewater Treatment||3||2|
|CIVL 597-003||Graduate Seminar (Environmental)||1||1 & 2|
|Plus one of CIVL 541, 598K, 598W, 598X, or CHBE 575 (see below)||3||1|
|Total core-course credits:||13|
|Approved Graduate Elective Courses||Name||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||N/A1|
|3CIVL 598W||Water and Sanitation in Low Resource Contexts||3||1|
|3CIVL 598X||Low Pressure Membrane Systems||3||N/A1|
|CHBE 551||Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics||3||2|
|3CHBE 575||Air Pollution Control||3||1|
|CHBE 583||Energy Engineering||3||1|
|IWME 504||Water and Wastewater Management Strategies||3||1|
|MICB 505||Molecular Microbiology||3||1|
|Approved Undergraduate Electives||Name||Credits||Term|
|CIVL 416||Environmental Hydraulics||3||1|
|CHEM 406||Polymer Chemistry||3||1|
|MICB 401||Environmental Microbiology Laboratory||3||1|
|MICB 425||Microbial Ecological Genomics||3||2|
1N/A – Not Offered in 2020/21.
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.
To learn more about Environmental Systems Engineering at UBC, please contact Dr. Pierre Bérubé.
Our Environmental Research Laboratories include modern analytical instrumentation, including atomic absorption and gas chromatography, and are currently being upgraded with advanced mass spectrometry instrumentation (e.g., ICP-MS, LC-MS/MS). For wastewater and sludge management, we have two fully instrumented 16-meter trailers. UBC is also a partner with the Annacis Island Wastewater Centre. Learn more.