Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering principles for the protection and improvement of public health and the environment, including air, water and land resources.

Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

Environmental engineering involves water treatment, water and air pollution control, land protection and reclamation industrial and hazardous waste containment and treatment, and municipal solid waste management, including the recycling of materials and energy recovery. You will also study the environmental impact of proposed infrastructure and resource development projects.

The undergraduate programs presents a challenging and interesting workload. The first two years of classes are based upon core engineering subjects. The third and fourth years of classes are specialized in technical and design-based principles. We offer the advantage of small classes, large lab facilities, superb faculty and excellent support staff. 

A first-year schedule sample

All first year engineering students will take a common set of classes before entering a specialization, such as environmental engineering, in their second year.


Fall Term
CHEM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers
COMM 102 Introduction to Business Management
GE 101 Introduction to the Engineering Profession
GE 111 Engineering Problem Solving
GE 124 Engineering Mechanics I
MATH 123 Calculus I for Engineers

Winter Term
GE 121 Engineering Design
GE 125 Engineering Mechanics II
MATH 124 Calculus II for Engineers
PHYS 155 Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
BIOL 120* The Nature of Life
INDG 107* Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

* These are elective courses. You'll have a number of courses to choose between.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:

ENVE 201: Principles of Environmental Engineering
Population, economic growth, industrialization, urbanization and energy-use, as causes of environmental pollution. Mass and energy balance for environmental engineering systems under steady state and unsteady state conditions. Contaminant partitioning and transport in air, water and solids. Application of environmental principles (technical and non-technical) to: water resource management, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid waste management, environmental impact assessment, and environmental ethics. Thermal pollution, noise pollution, greenhouse effect, acid precipitation, ozone depletion, air toxics, and ground-level ozone and fine particulates (photochemical smog). Sustainable development and life cycle analysis. Review of the principles of environmental quality objectives, standards and guidelines.

CE 468: Geoenvironmental Engineering
Introduction to wastes, contaminants and contaminant transport processes in the subsurface. A review of the design elements of natural and engineered barriers and analytical tools for barrier systems and for remediation of subsurface contamination. Case studies of containment and remediation systems for municipal, mining and industrial wastes. 

ENVE 495: Capstone Design Project
A final design course in which advanced principles of design are learned by application to a suitable environmental engineering project. Projects normally involve interaction with industrial sponsors who act as clients. The course requires that students work in groups. Group interaction and performance is monitored throughout. Guest lectures from various industrial and regulatory representatives will be provided to enhance the students' design experience.

The environmental engineering program is multidisciplinary, meaning training from other colleges and other fields of engineering is valuable and worthwhile for an environmental engineer. You may earn a Bachelor of Engineering degree and a degree from the College of Arts & Science at the same time. To do so, an additional year to 18 months of study is normally required. Some subjects you combine with engineering include computer science, biology and biochemistry.

There are many possible job opportunities for environmental engineers within Saskatchewan's extensive resource development. 

Capstone Design Project

You will complete several design projects throughout your degree, but perhaps the most exciting is our fourth-year Capstone Design Project. The Capstone Design Project allows you to apply top-down design principles to a year-long project, starting with a basic description of the product or system and culminating in a presentation of a final working design. You will gain first-hand experience in the application of a formal design process while earning credit toward your degree.


With a degree in environmental engineering, your employment options are varied. Some possible careers include the following:

  • working in the public or private sectors
  • municipal (both urban and rural), provincial or federal governments
  • working as an engineering consultant
  • developing waste management and land reclamation methods
  • overseeing project management
  • developing resources (for example, mining)

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $8,172 $21,247
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $10,507 $23,582

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.)

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree is a four year program offered by the College of Engineering.

While you complete your Bachelor degree, you can also enhance your experience with the following options:

You will learn how to negotiate the political, rhetorical, ethical and interpersonal challenges of communicating in a professional environment. You can complete this certificate during your Bachelor of Engineering degree.

The Engineering Professional Internship Program is a full-time internship opportunity which includes a minimum of eight months of professionally supervised work experience. By participating in an internship, you're able to apply the theoretical knowledge you've acquired during your undergraduate studies in a practical and challenging workplace environment.

As an intern you will earn a competitive salary and vacation pay, and may receive a benefits package. You will maintain your full-time student status during your internship. Interns gain practical and in-depth experience within a specialized field, develop strong interpersonal skills, write reports, present seminars and supervise others. These are employable skills that will allow you to better market yourself in a competitive job market.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Early AdmissionFinal Deadline
September 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018

You can also begin this program in May or July. Application deadline is February 15, 2018, documents are due one month later.

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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