Environmental Engineering

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Program Overview

Environmental Engineering is the application of scientific theories and principles to minimize the impact of human activities on the environment.

The Environmental Engineering program at Guelph was designed from the ground up as a complete, comprehensive environmental program.  It provides in-depth knowledge of relevant physical, chemical and biological systems with a strong emphasis on engineering design.  Our students experience the important role Environmental Engineering plays in serving the current and future needs of all humanity.

What Students are saying about Environmental Engineering

Laura - Environmental Engineering Student

Environmental Engineering
 The opportunity to work between academic semesters gave real world context to the academic environment, and allowed me to apply what I learned in the classroom to a real world setting, building employable skills and an outstanding resume. Skills like technical writing and project management that I learned on the job helped me to succeed in class assignments and projects. With several different work terms I was able to sample a variety of industries, companies and locations. The experience and skills that I gained in co-op allowed me to land my dream job after graduation!

Program Information

  Bachelor of Engineering*
*Available in regular or co-operative education
  • Air pollution control
  • Soil mechanics
  • Watershed system design
  • Water and wastewater treatment design
      As a graduate of Environmental Engineering, you can work in industry, consulting, research and government. Environmental Engineers solve real-world environmental problems like pollution prevention, remediating contaminated work sites, designing water and wastewater treatment facilities, mitigating pollutants from automobiles, and reducing industry contaminants.
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Developer of environmental technologies
  • Government Consultant
  • University Professor in Engineering


    First Year

    Your first year courses in Environmental Engineering are chosen to introduce you to engineering design and to build the foundation of fundamental science and math skills needed in all fields of engineering. These foundational courses are essential to your education as an engineer.

    Fall Semsester

    Winter Semester

    CHEM*1040  |  General Chemistry I

    CHEM*1050  |  General Chemistry II

    ENGG*1100  |  Engineering and Design I

    CIS*1500  |  Introduction to Programming

    ENGG*1500  |  Engineering Analysis

    ENGG*1210  |  Engineering Mechanics I

    MATH*1200  |  Calculus I

    MATH*1210  |  Calculus II

    PHYS*1130  |  Physics with Applications

    PHYS*1010  |  Introductory Electricity and Magnetism

    Beyond First Year

    Environmental Engineers are educated to design and develop sustainable solutions to prevent environmental degradation and remediate existing environmental challenges around the world. In addition to the interdisciplinary courses, below are a few courses specific to Environmental Engineering. For descriptions of these courses and an overview of all courses available, please consult the current Undergraduate Calendar.

    • Air Quality
    • Soil Mechanics
    • Groundwater Engineering
    • Urban Water Systems Design

    Elective Opportunities:

    • Water/Wastewater Treatment Design
    • Air Emission Control
    • Watershed system Design
    • Remote Sensing / GIS


    Design. Create. Solve.

    Guelph Engineering students experience Engineering Design from the moment they walk in the door.  At Guelph, you will take part in our integrated approach to engineering design starting immediately in your first semester. Your design experience continues to build in each year of your program and many 3rd and 4th year courses have a large design component built directly into the curriculum.

    Capstone Design Project

    In your final year, you will work with students from multiple engineering disciplines to complete a final design project that focuses on your area of interest.  This capstone course allows students to complete a project from beginning to end, in their chosen field and under the guidance of a faculty advisor.  The comprehensive design course prepares our students to envision and develop new and effective solutions to issues in our world.

    Examples of Environmental Engineering capstone design projects:

    • Airborne Contaminant Emergency Response System
    • Renewable Energy and Wastewater Treatment Plants
    • Microbial Fuel Cells for Rural Electrification
    • Arsenic Remediation for Groundwater in Bangladesh
    • Eastview Landfill Leachate Remediation
    • Green Power Recovery and Security System
    • City of Guelph Stormwater Management Dry Pond Retrofit
    • Nitrite Reduction of Industrial Wastewater
    • Innovative Greenhouse Wastewater Treatment System – Costa Rica