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The Environmental Engineering program is intended to provide the additional skills and knowledge that engineering and science graduates require to successfully work on environmental assignments such as sustainability management, air quality, climate change, environmental impact assessment, life cycle assessment, contaminated sites, water treatment facilities, contaminant hydrogeology, integrated solid waste management, resource management, and green energy technology projects.

Program delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.
  • Some courses designed to be delivered online will continue in this delivery mode.  See individual course information for details.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The program

The Environmental Engineering program recognizes the wide range of science and engineering backgrounds associated with this industry and is structured to accommodate the needs of a diverse range of applicants. The combination of foundation courses, applied environmental engineering courses, management courses and communication and general education courses provides a unique balance of skill sets that prepares candidates for a broad range of career opportunities. The final, capstone project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the acquired depth and breadth of knowledge and skills learnt during the program. While many participants pursue this degree for the credential, others are seeking professional development to complement their existing professional and university credentials.

Look for EE student Mathew Watkins in this video on the Ocean Pollution Research Collaborative.

Featured industry supporter

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Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Note: The Environmental Engineering program curriculum has been revised effective for the September 2019 intake.

Students that began the program prior to September 2019 please refer to the April 2019 matrix [PDF].


The following part-time studies courses are suitable for interested students as electives or professional development studies.  These courses are not within the EE Program Matrix.

EENG 7000  Introduction to Climate Change, Ecology, and Systems Thinking
EENG 7211  Chemistry & Organic Chemistry
EENG 8288  Organizational Life Cycle Assessment

Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Graduates of the Environmental Engineering program are prepared to function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team that addresses the environmental challenges faced by the industry. Working as a member of an environmental team comprised of engineers, hydrogeologists, and environmental managers, chemists, biologists, toxicologists, climatologists, and energy managers, graduates will be uniquely positioned to operate across disciplinary boundaries.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Olga Petrov, PhD (Chemical & Biological Engineering), Program Head
Ray Koenig, BSc, BBA, PGeo, Faculty
Zahra Tooyserkani, PhD, Faculty
Susan Kong, BSc, Program Assistant

Sessional Instructors

Andrew Marr, BASc, PEng, CCEP
Angela Duso, MSc
Brenda Martens, BSc, LEED Fellow, CSBA
Carol De La Franier, MASc, PEng
Dan Kovacek, BEng, PEng
Diane Grady, BASc, PhD
Don Livingstone, MASc, PEng
Fiona Lemon, BSc, MA, TESL
Goran Krstic, PhD, RPBio
Inder Singh, MASc, PEng
Jason Azzam, EP, EMS-LA, ENV SP
Kim Hopkins, BA, Ad Dipl GIS
Marcel Pitre, BASc, PEng
Maria Tirado, PhD
Paul Litt, PEng
Rob Sianchuk, MASc
Selina Lee-Andersen, JD, MA
Timo Makinen, PEng, MRM, MBA
Tracy Casavant, MES, PEng
Yao Hung Lan, MASc, PEng
Zoran Milacic, BSc, PLog, EP

Advisory committee

  • Brian S. White, PEng, PAC Chair; Division Manager – Environmental Services, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
  • Al Gibb, PhD, PEng, Director, Wastewater Treatment, WSP
  • Arvind Saraswat, Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver
  • Cindy Yu, BSc, Meteorologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Local Executive, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • Eric Choi, PEng, Senior Environmental Engineer, Senior Manager & Partner, Envirochem Services Inc
  • Travis Hickford-Kulak, Vice President, Contract Utilities and Energy Systems, District Energy Canada, Corix Utilities Inc

Capstone Projects

Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Technology students are required to complete EENG 8460 Capstone Project. The goal of the Capstone Project course is to provide the student with an opportunity to work independently on an applied research project associated with an environmental or sustainable development issue or procedure. Under the supervision of an adviser and guidance of a faculty, the student will review a research proposal (Developed in EENG 8430) outlining the project scope, goals, methods and deliverables. The research project options include either a systematic review of literature with recommendations for a future project or initiative; or a data gathering study that follows an established quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research design.

Recent Projects

Winter 2021 – EENG 8460 – Faculty Olga Petrov, PhD

Student Name

Project Title

Expert Adviser

Darya Bisheh City of Kelowna Annual Groundwater Budget Analysis Yao Hung Lan, MASc, PEng
Micah Koroll Effects of Acclimatization on Coral Heat Stress Tolerance Goran Krstic, PhD, RPBio
Emily Lai Exploring the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Monitoring the Vertical Distribution of Urban Air Contaminants in Metro Vancouver Olga Petrov, PhD,

Kyle Howe, MS – Metro Vancouver

Peter Quan Le Occupational Health Risk Assessment for Three Industrial Settings: the Automotive Repair Workshop, the Mineral Processing (Stone Crushing) Facility, and the Metallurgy (Fire Assay) Lab Goran Krstic, PhD, RPBio
Dana May The Urban Heat Island Effect in Densely Populated Urban Areas and its Implications on Eco-city Planning: Investigation of Vertical Temperature Profiles in Downtown Vancouver Olga Petrov, PhD

Eric Saczuk, PhD

Lucy Le Ouyang Analysing Marine Debris at Locarno Beach in Vancouver, BC with Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Eric Saczuk, PhD
Trevor Poon Evaluating the Use Thermal Sensors on Drones to 3D Map Building Heat Efficiency Eric Saczuk, PhD

Winter 2021 – EENG 8460 – Faculty Zahra Tooyserkani , PhD

Student Name

Project Title

Expert Adviser

Jason Chiang Strategies to Minimize Combined SewageOverflow (CSO) in the City of Vancouver prior to Sewer Separation Dan Kovacek, BEng, PEng – Principle, DK Hydrotech Consulting
Grady Edge Review and Statistical Analysis on Neurological Effects of Aluminum G17Salts Released During Mining Goran Krstic, PhD, RPBio
Jevan Friedlander  Soil erosion modelling using RUSLE to examine the impact of climate change in the Squamish River drainage basin and potential impacts to hydropower storage and operation. Jan Bielenberg, MSc, PEng – Hydrotechnical Engineering,  Civil Engineering program faclty, BCIT
Connor Grant Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on the Operational Requirements for a Proposed Biochar Production and Drinking Water Treatment System Kelly Sveinson, MSc, PhD candidate – Chair, Applied Research Centre, Lanagara College
Zachary Lirenman North Vancouver Anaerobic Digestion End-Use and Environmental Feasibility Study Wilbert Yang PEng – Director and Waste Planning Lead at Tetra Tech
Richard Pendziwol Blue Carbon Sequestration Opportunities in theCoastal Lower Mainland Ecosystem Sarah Cook – MSc, RPBio – Coastal and Ocean Resources Inc.
Craig Pilla Assessing the Feasibility of a Community-Wide Rooftop Solar Garden Project in Castlegar, B.C. Robert Macrae MSc – Environmental Planning Technology (IEPT) Program faculty, Selkirk College
Darren Schultz Atmospheric Water Vapor Change due to Global Warming and the Effects on Precipitation in Vancouver Ali Ergudenler, PhD, PEng – Founding Director, Carbon Matters Engineering Ltd.

Winter 2021 – EENG 8460 – Faculty Goran Krstic , PhD, RPBio

Student Name

Project Title

Expert Adviser

Chutikan Chansakulporn A Comparison of Green Building Rating Systems: LEED vs. BREEAM Brenda Martens, BSc, OBC, CSBA, LEED AP
Chad Myeongzae Choi Evaluating Health and Safety of Low Flow Groundwater Sampling Method Diane Grady, BASc, PhD
Rory Gallaugher Study of Low-Cost Sensors for Stream-Flow Monitoring Zoran Milacic, BSc, PLog, EP
Will Gerrard How Sea Level Tidally Influences Groundwater Table Elevations in Coastal Communities as a Case Study Completed in Squamish and Britannia Beach, British Columbia Diane Grady, BASc, PhD
Vincent Guindon Literature Review of Bioretention (Raingarden) System Stormwater Treatment for Non-Potable Water Reuse for Municipal/Land Development Application in the City of Vancouver, BC Colleen Chan, PhD, PEng – Civil Engineering program faculty, BCIT
Joanna Szu-Yu Huang How to Reduce Avoidable Household Food Waste in Industrialized Countries Such as Canada? Selena Lee-Anderson, JD, MA
Alex Leffelaar Research Project for the Development of a New-Building Embodied Carbon Accounting Program in Nelson, BC Rob Sianchuk, MASc
Satinder Sodhi Impact of Face Masks on Waste Management During Covid-19 Pandemic Brenda Martens, BSc, OBC, CSBA, LEED AP
Kalvin Zirk Review and Design of Alternative Treatment of Contaminated Parking LotStormwater Runoff with Application to Fish-Bearing Watercourses Colleen Chan, PhD, PEng – Civil Engineering program faculty, BCIT

Featured Projects

Contact Us

Susan Kong
Program Assistant
Tel: 604-432-8539

Olga Petrov
Program Head
Tel: 604-456-8017

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