Environmental Engineering

Delivered through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Environmental Engineering (OCIENE), the programs benefit from the teaching and research strengths of uOttawa’s Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering and Carleton’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Research areas include air pollution, water resources management, groundwater management, contaminant transport, pollution prevention, water and wastewater treatment, environmental impact assessment and management of solid, hazardous and radioactive waste.

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Options with this program

This program is only offered in English.

Course examples
  • Air Quality Modelling
  • Multiphase Flow in Soils
  • Resource Industry Waste Management
  • Hazardous and radioactive Wastes

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  • Climate Change and Engineering
  • Multiphase Flow in Soils
  • Geo-Environmental Engineering
  • Air Pollution Control Process

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Key research themes are:

  • Biofilms and biofilm technologies for water and wastewater treatment
  • Drinking water: membrane treatment and climate change adaptation technologies
  • Ecological engineering and agricultural waste management
  • Mining impacted water management
  • Northern, rural and First Nation water and wastewater
  • Sustainable municipal waste management, groundwater, and remediation technologies
  • Water resources and management

CO-OP is not available with this program

Scholarships and bursaries

If you are looking for ways to finance your studies, the Faculty of Engineering and the University of Ottawa offer a lot of scholarships that could help you fund your studies. The University also offers financial support to help students reach their full potential.

To find what fits your needs best, please visit the Award and financial support website.

Things to know

Admission requirements

Are you interested in this program? Check out the below sections to get ready and ensure that you meet all the requirements before applying.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, candidate must:

  • Have one of the following:
    • An honours bachelor’s degree with a specialization or a major in environmental engineering (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 70% (B);
    • An honours bachelor’s degree with a specialization or a major in related engineering disciplines (civil, chemical, mechanical, etc.) with a minimum average of 70% (B);
    • An honours bachelor’s degree with specialization or a major in environmental science disciplines with a minimum average of 70% (B).

Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.

  • Demonstrate a good academic performance in previous studies as shown by official transcripts, research reports, abstracts or any other documents demonstrating research skills.
  • Meet the following additional requirements:
    • All students entering the program are required to have courses in mathematics, probability and statistics equivalent to courses required in undergraduate engineering programs.
    • All students entering the program are also required to have taken three undergraduate courses equivalent to the following University of Ottawa courses:
      • CHG 2312 or CVG 2116
      • CVG 2132
      • CVG 3132
      • These courses are considered to provide the minimum background in fluid mechanics, and in physical, chemical, and biochemical treatment principles, necessary to adequately follow environmental engineering courses at the graduate level. Depending on their background, students may have been exposed to these principles through a different combination of courses in their undergraduate curriculum. Students entering the program without an equivalent background in these topics are expected to take these courses early in their studies and they are considered additional to those normally required for the degree. The undergraduate courses required are specified in the certificate of admission.
Language requirements

Applicants must be able to understand and fluently speak the language of instruction (French or English) in the program to which they are applying. Proof of linguistic proficiency may be required.

Applicants whose first language is neither French nor English must provide proof of proficiency in the language of instruction.

Note: Candidates are responsible for any fees associated with the language tests.

Opportunities with this degree

If you have specific questions about this field or can't find the information you are looking for in below sections, we invite you to get in touch with the Graduate Studies Office or the Career Development Centre.

Career Opportunities
  • Environmental engineer
  • Petrochemical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Process engineer
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