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Environmental Engineering at Waterloo

Save the planet. Get an engineering degree.

Clean up contaminated soil. Prevent E. coli outbreaks. Design smarter ways to treat and manage water.

Canada’s largest Environmental Engineering program gives you the technical rigour of an engineering degree combined with scientific know-how and environmental insights. You’ll take courses in engineering, chemistry, biology, geology, and more, drawing on that broad base of knowledge to tackle water, soil, and air pollution.

Meanwhile, you’ll gain 2 years of paid experience through your co-op work terms, allowing you to earn money to help pay for your education and discover the career areas that fit you best.

You’ll graduate ready to clean up the world’s pollution — and to prevent future environmental problems.

Compete on the world stage

Join student teams and compete in events like the WERC Annual International Environmental Design Contest, where you’ll develop solutions to groundwater pollution and other problems.

A welcoming environment

Class sizes range from 40-50 students, so you’ll get to know your classmates — and your professors — in a friendly and stimulating environment.


Student using test tube in lab

In your final year, you'll work on a major design project in an area that interests you.

About Environmental Engineering

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#1Engineering school in Canada (US News & World Report 2016)

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Money flowerStudents earn $17,800 on average per co-op term


Admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
    • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Admission averages: Individual selection from the mid-80s
  • An Admission Information Form is required
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database

First-year courses

September to December

CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
ENVE 100 - Environmental Engineering Concepts
CIVE 104 - Mechanics 1
CIVE 115 - Linear Algebra
MATH 116 - Calculus 1 for Engineering
Complementary Studies Elective course

May to August

CIVE 105 - Mechanics 2
CIVE 121 - Computational Methods
ENVE 153 - Earth Engineering
GENE 123 - Electrical Circuits and Instrumentation
MATH 118 - Calculus 2 for Engineering


After first year

See the range of courses available in Environmental Engineering. You can also view all the courses required for your degree.


By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op positions

  • Engineering - Remediation Services, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates
  • Design Technician, The Regional Municipality of York
  • Instrumentation Data Reduction Assistant, Klohn Crippen Berger
  • Water /Wastewater Project Assistant, City of Greater Sudbury
  • Production Analyst, Southmedic
  • Engineering Assistant, Nantong Environmental Science Research Institute
  • Resource Conservation, Frito-Lay Canada

Careers in Environmental Engineering

When you graduate, you'll be ready to provide vital services in consulting, industry, regulatory agencies, and government offices.

Recent graduates

  • Environmental Engineer, Shell Canada
  • Project Manager, Peritus Environmental Consultants
  • Geotechnical Engineer, EBA Engineering Consultants
  • Water Consultant, City of Toronto
  • Senior Engineer, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates
  • Environmental Controller, Coffery Geotechnics
  • Water Resources Engineer, MMM Group
  • Technical Officer, Independent Electricity System Operator

Possible professional designation

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