Division of Environmental Engineering and Energy Systems


The Division of Environmental Engineering and Energy Systems will close on June 30th, 2016.  Teaching and research within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering support our focus on environmental issues, sustainability, conventional and alternative energy systems. We will continue to have the following program options available for both undergraduates and graduate students.

Undergraduate Programs

Environmental Engineering Minor

The Environmental Engineering Minor is open to Engineering students interested in learning more about ecology, sustainable design, risk assessment and environmental impact.

The Environmental Engineering Minor will provide the breadth and depth sought by employers in all fields addressing environment issues. 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
  • the social and environmental impacts of technology

Visit the Environmental Engineering Minor for more information on courses.

Undergraduate Sustainable Energy Minor

The Undergraduate Sustainable Energy Minor is open to Engineering students interested in learning more about energy, its sustainable use, energy demand management, and the public policy context in which energy use and production is regulated.

Our definition of sustainable energy is broad, reaching to all areas of energy use, production, distribution, transmission, storage, and development. This includes:

  • energy use and production for transportation, for space cooling and heating demands
  • electrical production (from both alternative and conventional sources)
  • energy distribution and storage
  • energy conservation
  • price
  • greenhouse gas production and control
  • public policy

Visit the Sustainable Energy Minor for more information on courses.

Engineering Science Energy Systems Option

The Engineering Science Energy Systems Option is open only to students in the Engineering Science Program. The Option may be selected for 3rd and 4th year of the student's program.

Whether for transportation, space heating, or electricity, energy systems have always been critical infrastructure for development and growth. This Option has been conceived to address the technical aspects of energy systems and present them within the context of our society at large.

The program is designed to:

  • allow students to assess and evaluate the trade-offs between different electrical generation and conservation technologies,
  • examine their links to sustainable development and
  • provide a rigorous and solid foundation adaptive to any energy subset field of interest.

The main goal for this program is to provide a solid foundation and broad scope in energy technologies for the future generation of engineers. The combination of new and innovative courses, practical approach and depth of technical electives allows for a unique, powerful and interdisciplinary Option.

Visit the Division of Engineering Science for more information on this option

Graduate Studies in Environment and Energy


There is a long history of graduate research and teaching in environmental engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. We have many faculty members in our departments who conduct advanced research and teach graduate courses in a wide range of environmental and energy-related specialties. Visit our research section for research highlights in this area.

Students interested in graduate studies in this area can apply for either a research degree program (M.A.Sc. or Ph.D) or a professional degree program (M.Eng.). For more information on applying for graduate programs at the Faculty, please visit gradstudies.engineering.utoronto.ca.

Within Engineering, the Faculty offers 3-course M.Eng. Emphases to recognize students’ focus on environmental and sustainability issues. As part of their course work, students can complete Emphasis programs in Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Aviation, Global Engineering, and Advanced Water Technologies and Process Design, offering varied choices within their discipline.

For details about the requirements for these M.Eng. Emphasis programs, please visit gradstudies.engineering.utoronto.ca.

Over the last decade, environmental engineering has become much more mainstream within the Faculty’s graduate programs. Where there was once a call for engineering disciplines to work together for solutions, the most effective solutions to our greatest programs require even broader interdisciplinary approaches – beyond the borders of engineering, into social sciences, arts, education and beyond.

The Environmental Engineering Graduate Collaborative Program (EECP) was established in the late 1970s to encourage interdisciplinary studies and recognize students who are specializing in environmental engineering.

Supporting this perspective, we have recently opted to close the Environmental Engineering Collaborative Program in favour of supporting the Environmental Studies Collaborative Program administered through the School for the Environment. This program is supported by over 19 other graduate units at U of T. The Department of Chemical Engineering is already an established partner in this program and graduate students from any engineering discipline who have a strong focus in environmental studies can request to enroll in the Environmental Studies collaborative program.

For details about the requirements of the program, please visit environment.utoronto.ca.

For further information about any of these programs please contact:

Sharon Brown
Manager and Student Counsellor
Division of Environmental Engineering and Energy Systems
Cross-Disciplinary Programs Office
44 St. George Street
Tel: (416) 978-3532
e-mail: cdp@ecf.utoronto.ca

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