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 (APS 301H1F)
  • Engineering and Society (ESC 203H1F)
  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Environment (ENV 221H1F)
  • Environment, Society and Resources (GGR 223H1 S)
Choose one of:
  • Urban Engineering Ecology (CIV 220H1F)
  • Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment (CIV 440H1S)
  • Environmental Engineering (CHE 467H1F)
  • Environmental Pathways and Impact Assessment (CHE 460H1S)

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

Introductory Level Advanced Level
Environmental Chemistry (CHE 230H1S)

Environmental Pathways & Impact Assessment (CHE 460H1S)

Environmental Engineering (CHE 467H1F)

Chemistry of Environmental Change (CHM 210H1H)

Environmental Chemistry (CHM 310H1H)

Urban Engineering Ecology (CIV 220H1F)

Hydraulics & Hydrology (CIV 250S)

Terrestrial Energy Systems (CIV 300H1F/S)

Building Science (CIV 375H1F)

Environmental Impact & Risk Assessment (CIV 440H1S)

Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (ENV 222H1S)

Environmental Biology (ENV 234H1F)

Energy Policy & Environment  (ENV 350H1F)

Discovering Wood and its Role in Societal Development (FOR 308H1F)

Global Warming (GGR 314H1S)

Design for the Environment (MIE 315H1S)

Technology, Engineering & Global Development (APS 420H1S)

Appropriate Technology & Design
for Global Development (APS 530H1S)

Modelling Biological & Chemical Systems (CHE 471H1S)

Biocomposites: Mechanics and Bioinspiration (CHE 475H1S)

Pulp & Paper Processes (CHE 564H1S)

Aqueous Process Engineering (CHE 565H1F)

Analytical Environmental Chemistry (CHM 410H1F)

Topics in Atmospheric Chemistry (CHM 415H1S)

Transport Planning (CIV 531H1F)

Environmental Biotechnology (CIV 541H1F)

Groundwater Flow & Contamination (CIV 549H1F)

Urban Activity, Air Pollution and Health (CIV 536H1S)

Water Resources Engineering (CIV 550H1F)

Studies in Building Science (CIV 575H1F)

Sustainable Buildings (CIV 576H1S)

Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities (CIV 577H1S)

Green Urban Infrastructure: Sustainable City Forests (FOR 421H1F)

Innovation & Manufacturing of Sustainable Materials (FOR 424H1S)

Alternative Energy Systems (MIE 515H1F)

Mining Environmental Management (MIN 330H1S)

Integrated Mine Waste Engineering (MIN 511H1F)

Design of Building Enclosures (CIV 578H1F)

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