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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.

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.

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Program Entry

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Full-time: This program is open to applications beginning October 1st (or next business day).

Part-time: Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Department assessment

Applicants are required to arrange a meeting with the program area by contacting the program head to review and assess their work experience and academic credentials. Applicants that do not meet all entrance requirements will receive a study plan indicating which pre-entry courses are required.

You can apply once you have had the pre-entry assessment and have completed any necessary pre-entry courses. A completed study plan document from the program area must be uploaded to complete your application.

Step 2: Meet the following entrance requirements

The following BCIT diploma programs ladder directly into the Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Engineering:

  • Chemical and Environmental Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mining Technology

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

International applicants

Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs are only available to international students who have a valid status in Canada. If you are currently outside of Canada, please apply to a full-time program or ISEP.

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To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

Part-time: January, April and September.

Full-time (planned program): September each year.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


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].

Program matrix

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Term 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  EENG 7200 Principles of Sustainability 3.0
  EENG 7400 Climate, Energy and the Environment 3.0
  EENG 7405 Applied Physics for Environmental Engineering 3.0
  EENG 7410 Applied Climatology and Hydrology 3.0
  EENG 7415 Soil Mechanics and Contaminant Hydrogeology 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0
Term 2 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 7500 Critical Analysis for Environmental Engineering Projects 1.0
  COMM 8510 Laboratory Report Writing 1.0
  EENG 7420 Atmosphere and Air Quality 3.0
  EENG 7425 Contaminated Site Investigation and Remediation Processes 3.0
  EENG 7430 Municipal and Industrial Waste Water Treatment 3.0
  EENG 7435 Drinking Water Treatment and Management 3.0
  EENG 7440 Environmental Impact Assessment 3.0
  EENG 7445 Environmental Sampling and Testing Methods I 3.0
Term 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  EENG 8400 Legal Matters and Sustainability Management Systems 3.0
  EENG 8405 Environmental Risk Assessment and Management 3.0
  EENG 8410 Integrated Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 3.0
  EENG 8415 Industrial Air Pollution Prevention and Control 3.0
  EENG 8420 Environmental Sampling and Testing Methods 2 3.0
  EENG 8430 Applied Research Methods 3.0

Electives (3.0 credits):

Complete 3.0 credits of General Education Electives

Term 4 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 8590 Capstone Project Writing 1.0
  EENG 8425 Green Buildings and Sustainable Communities 3.0
  EENG 8435 District Energy Systems 3.0
  EENG 8440 Project Management and Communication Strategies 3.0
  EENG 8460 Capstone Project 5.0
  EENG 8445 Landfill Design and Operation 3.0
  EENG 8450 Mining, Oil & Gas Development & Restoration 3.0
Total Credits: 77.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Students can choose to complete the Environmental Engineering program on a part-time basis or participate in the full-time program. All courses must be completed within seven years.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Students can choose to participate in either the full-time studies program or the more traditional part-time mode of study.

Students in the full-time program can expect to complete their courses in four terms.

Those students choosing to maintain full-time employment may register in evening classes or the occasional afternoon class as circumstances permit. Students may proceed at a pace of their choice, but must complete the program within seven years.


Bachelor of Technology degree studies are recognized as a qualification for advanced technical positions by employers and for advanced certification by professional associations. Recognition and accreditation of this program with related environmental industry associations and professions continues.

Program structure

  Foundation 15.0
  Applied Environmental Engineering 38.0
  Management 9.0
  Communications and General Education 15.0
  Total credits: 77.0

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.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Olga Petrov, PhD (Chemical & Biological Engineering)
Program Head

Ray Koenig, BSc, BBA, PGeo

Zahra Tooyserkani, PhD

Sessional Instructors

  • Carol De La Franier, MASc, PEng  
  • Diane Grady, BASc, PhD
  • Yao Hung Lan, MASc, PEng
  • Don Livingstone, MASc, PEng
  • Andrew Marr, BASc, PEng, CCEP
  • Tracy Casavant, MES, PEng
  • Marcel Pitre, BASc, PEng
  • Inder Singh, MASc, PEng
  • Maria Tirado, PhD  
  • Brenda Martens, B.Sc., LEED Fellow, CSBA
  • Dan Kovacek, B.Sc., P.Eng
  • Goran Krstic, PhD, R.P.Bio.
  • Alina Smid, M.Eng., MBA, PMP.
  • Selina Lee-Andersen, JD, MA
  • Jason Azzam, EP, EMS-LA, ENV SP
  • Kim Hopkins, BA, Ad. Dipl. GIS
  • Zoran Milacic, B.Sc., P.Log., EP
  • Fiona Lemon, BSc, MA, TESL

Advisory committee

  • E Choi, P.Eng., Senior Environmental Engineer, Senior Manager & Partner, Envirochem Services Inc
  • C Yu, B.Sc. Meteorologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Local Executive, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • Al Gibb, Ph.D., P.Eng., Director, Wastewater Treatment, WSP
  • John Lindner, B.Sc, Air Quality Planner, Metro Vancouver
  • Monica N. Danon-Schaffer, Ph.D., P.Eng.
  • Brian S. White P.Eng., Division Manager - Environmental Services, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

Contact Us

Program Assistant, 604-432-8539
Olga Petrov, Program Head, 604-456-8017

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