Environmental Engineering Minor

Students interested in learning more about ecology, sustainable design, risk assessment and environmental impact may be interested in the Environmental Engineering Minor.

Our broad definition of environmental engineering reaches all areas at the interface of engineering and the environment. This includes ecology and ecological impacts, waste management, water and wastewater treatment, environmental microbiology, water resources engineering, hydrology, preventive engineering, life cycle analysis, design for the environment, and extends to the social and environmental impacts of technology.


All Engineering undergraduates are eligible to pursue the Environmental Engineering Minor.

Environmental Engineering Minor enrolment form.


In December 2015, Faculty Council approved a number of changes to the Environmental Engineering Minor for the 2016-2017 academic year. The information below is based on the new rules.

Third- and fourth-year students registered in the 2015-2016 academic year may choose to complete the minor using either the new or old rules.

Students in the Environmental Engineering Minor must successfully complete of a minimum of six (6) one-semester courses including mandatory and elective courses. Of the four (4) electives you may choose, at least two must be from the advanced category. In all cases, students must ensure they meet the requirements of their chosen Engineering degree program or option.

Choose one of:

  • Technology in Society and the Biosphere I (APS301H1F)
  • Engineering and Society (ESC203H1F)
  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Environment (ENV221H1F)
  • Environment, Society and Resources (GGR223H1 S)
Choose one of:
  • Urban Engineering Ecology (CIV220H1F)
  • Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment (CIV440H1S)
  • Environmental Engineering (CHE467H1F)
  • Environmental Pathways and Impact Assessment (CHE460H1S)

Select four electives from the following courses (at least two must be from the advanced level):

Introductory Level Advanced Level
Environmental Chemistry (CHE230H1S)

Environmental Pathways & Impact Assessment (CHE460H1S)

Environmental Engineering (CHE467H1F)

Chemistry of Environmental Change (CHM210H1H)

Environmental Chemistry (CHM310H1H)

Urban Engineering Ecology (CIV220H1F)

Hydraulics & Hydrology (CIV250S)

Terrestrial Energy Systems (CIV300H1F/S)

Building Science (CIV375H1F)

Environmental Impact & Risk Assessment (CIV440H1S)

Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (ENV222H1S)

Environmental Biology (ENV234H1F)

Energy Policy & Environment  (ENV350H1F)

Discovering Wood and its Role in Societal Development (FOR308H1F)

Global Warming (GGR314H1S)

Design for the Environment (MIE315H1S)

Technology, Engineering & Development (APS420H1S)

Appropriate Technology & Design
for Global Development (APS530H1S)

Modelling Biological & Chemical Systems (CHE471H1S)

Biocomposites: Mechanics and Bioinspiration (CHE475H1S)

Pulp & Paper Processes (CHE564H1S)

Aqueous Process Engineering (CHE565H1F)

Analytical Environmental Chemistry (CHM410H1F)

Topics in Atmospheric Chemistry (CHM415H1S)

Transport Planning (CIV531H1F)

Environmental Bioengineering (CIV541H1F)

Groundwater Flow & Contamination (CIV549H1F)

Urban Activity, Air Pollution and Health (CIV536H1S)

Water Resources Engineering (CIV550H1F)

Studies in Building Science (CIV575H1F)

Sustainable Buildings (CIV576H1S)

Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities (CIV577H1S)

Urban Forest Conservation(FOR421H1F)

Innovation in Design & Manufacturing of Sustainable Materials (FOR424H1S)

Alternative Energy Systems (MIE515H1F)

Mining Environmental Management (MIN330H1S)

Integrated Mine Waste Engineering (MIN511H1F)

Thesis or Design Project with approval of the Director of the Minor