Environmental Engineering

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 the Environmental Engineering program

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Environmental Engineering 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 high 80s
  • An Admission Information Form is required
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements

First-year Environmental Engineering courses

September to December

CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
ENVE 100 - Environmental Engineering Concepts
CIVE 104 - Mechanics 1
ENVE 115 - Linear Algebra
MATH 116 - Calculus 1 for Engineering
ENGL 191/SPCOM 191 - Communication in the Engineering Profession

May to August

CIVE 105 - Mechanics 2
ENVE 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.

Sample upper-year courses

ENVE 277 – Air Quality Engineering
ENVE 375 – Physico-Chemical Processes

ENVE 376 – Biological Processes
ENVE 391 – Law and Ethics for Environmental Engineers


Gain relevant work experience through co-op

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 job titles

  • Drainage design engineering assistant
  • Environmental engineering assistant
  • Technical writer
  • Tides and water levels assistant
  • Field engineering / project coordinator
  • Industrial wastewater engineering
  • Program developer

Sample co-op employers

  • Frito-Lay Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Grand River Foods Ltd
  • QM Environmental
  • Stantec Inc
  • EllisDon Construction
  • BlueWind Limited


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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