Why study Environmental Engineering at Dal?

Sustain the environment for future generations

Environmental engineers offer sustainable and green solutions that protect our planet from some of the biggest challenges. From ensuring our drinking water is clean to remediation of environmental hazards involving soil and air pollution, environmental engineers develop technical solutions to protect and improve the quality of the environment and environmental-related quality of human life.  

Our program culminates with design experience with an emphasis on problem formulation, alternative investigation, system and element-level design, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Both fundamental knowledge and design experience are delivered to bring the awareness of environmental engineering solutions in the context of social, economical, and political systems.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Engineering, BEng
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering; Faculty of Agriculture
Department: Department of Civil and Resource Engineering
Campuses: Sexton Campus, Halifax; Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years non co-op program. 5 years co-op program
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

In the first two years of your degree, all engineering students complete the Core Engineering Program. This Program can be taken on the Sexton Campus in Halifax, or the Agricultural Campus in Truro. You will study core courses in math, science, engineering science and design, providing you with a broad foundation in engineering.

At the end of your first year, you can apply to one of our six tailored engineering disciplines including Environmental Engineering. Placement in a specific discipline is competitive and based on academic performance in the first year.

In the third year of your degree, you will transition into your discipline and can choose to combine your degree with co-operative education.

In the Environmental Engineering Program, you’ll learn various approaches to environment-based design, coastal protection, waste management, water and soil quality, energy conservation and renewables, and air quality.

Areas of Study:

  • Environmental Measurements and Analysis
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Water and Soil Quality
  • Municipal Water Engineering
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment 
  • Waste Management 
  • Environmental Assessment and Management
  • Air Quality and Pollution Control
  • Contaminant Transport and Management
  • Coastal Hydrogeology

Careers and future study

A degree in Engineering from Dal gives you the knowledge and skills you need to be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, whether you decide to launch your career locally, nationally or internationally. The range of career options you’ll find in engineering is truly impressive. Here is just a list of potential employers/sectors that will hire environmental engineering graduates:

  • Consulting Industry
  • Municipalities
  • Oil and Gas
  • Electricity/Energy Providers
  • Government 

Graduating from Dalhousie is the first step towards becoming a professional engineer and the beginning of a lifelong learning experience. After earning your Bachelor of Engineering, you will need to be admitted as an Engineer in Training (EIT) by an Association of Professional Engineers in Canada.

Once you have completed four years of suitable work experience, you may apply to become a professional engineer.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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