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. As it's also one of the top 100 environmental engineering programs in the world (Shanghai World University Rankings 2020), 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 two 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.

Environmental Engineering admission requirements

Ontario students: six 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

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First-year courses

September to December

May to August


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


Why Waterloo Engineering?

Discover why the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo is one of the world’s top engineering schools, and Canada’s largest.

breifcaseGain two years of experience in the co-op program

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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

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

#1Engineering school in Canada (US News & World Report 2018)

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What careers can you pursue with an Environmental Engineering degree?

Graduates often pursue careers that can positively impact the environment around us such as consulting, operations, and more. They typically work in government, for cities, and for environmental consulting firms.

Recent graduates

  • Environmental Consultant – Pottinger Gaherty Environmental Consultants
  • Water Resources Specialist – Golder Associates
  • Environmental Specialist – Public Works & Government Services Canada
  • Project Coordinator – David Schaeffer Engineering
  • Geomatics Analyst – Monteith & Sutherland Geospatial Solutions
  • Operations Specialist – CLEAResult
  • Water Resource Engineer in Training – Aecom

Possible professional designation

For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in engineering.

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.


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