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 and beyond
September to December
May to August
After first year
Sample upper-year courses
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
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.
- 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
Learn about the future of careers in engineering.
Student life, including Women in Engineering
Student design teams
Have fun and develop hands-on experience through one or more of our 20+ student-led design teams! Design teams include rocketry, concrete canoe, robotics, solar car, submarine racing, autonomous vehicle, Space X Hyperloop, Formula Motorsports, Engineers Without Borders, and more.
You’ll meet people with similar interests and goals, benefit from networking with experts in the engineering profession, and develop some great skills for your résumé.
Women in Engineering
Women in Engineering (WiE) supports female students and engineers while encouraging the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering. Regardless of gender, orientation, or background, you’re welcome to join this inclusive community to participate in outreach events as well as mentorship and volunteer opportunities.
Any student is also welcome to join Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that promotes equality in STEM through skills workshops, discussions, and guest speakers.
Engineering Society (EngSoc)
EngSoc is run by students for students and provides many social and academic events and services to make your experience as a Waterloo Engineering student the best it can be.
Benefit from mentoring for first-year students or get involved and meet other students through an annual conference, semiformal, career fair, charity events, community outreach, and much more!
Our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved – no matter how unique your interests. Between our 250+ student-run clubs, sports and recreation opportunities, student government, and events, student life at Waterloo has something for everyone.
Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
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Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
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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.