Courses

Credit: Don Erhardt

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Explore more than 600 courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that address environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. 

Sustainability courses either concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its environmental, social and economic dimensions (overlap of the 3 pillars), or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.

Courses that includes sustainability fall within one or more of the three pillars (Environment, Society, and Economic) and incorporate one or more aspects of sustainability as a distinct course component, unit, module, challenge or an activity. 

The listing was created by asking UBC instructors to self-identify their sustainability courses. Contact us to update or add new course information. 

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 415 Water Resource Engineering 2015W2, 2016W2, An introduction to the planning and design of water resource systems, stream systems, and municipal and hydropower engineering.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 416 Environmental Hydraulics 2015W1, 2016W1, Application of hydraulic engineering principles to problems of environmental concern. Pollutant transport and dispersion. Mixing in rivers and lakes. Theory of jets and plumes. Design of outfall diffusers.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 420 Concrete Technology 2015W1, 2016W1, Physical and chemical properties and microstructure of hydrated Portland cement; construction practices; modern use of industrial by-products such as fly ash, blast furnace slag, silica fume and metakaolin; use of chemical admixtures; environmental issues; properties of hardened concrete; issues in standardized and accelerated testing, non-destructive testing.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 426 Virtual Design and Construction 2015W2, 2016W2, Creation and use of building information models (BIM) for managing the construction process. 3D parametric modeling, 4D modeling, design coordination, model-based cost estimating, BIM performance measurement, and integrated project delivery methods.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 439 Design of Timber Structures 2015W1, 2016W1, 2016W2, Design of timber structural elements using limit states design principles; joints and fasteners, sawn lumber and engineered wood products, light frame systems and shear walls.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 441 Transportation Planning and Analysis 2015W2, 2016W2, Transportation systems planning and analysis: data needs; surveys and analysis; sampling techniques; trip generation; trip distribution; modal choice; trip assignment; traffic impact studies; system evaluation.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 447 Environmental Engineering Design and Analysis 2015W2, 2016W2, Integration and application of previously acquired knowledge and skills to find design solutions. Extends the conceptual design of CIVL 445 into detailed environmental design projects.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 478 Building Science 2015W1, 2016W1, Building science concepts associated with the design of modern buildings, focusing particularly on the building envelope's role in environmental separation, controlling the movement of heat, air, and water in liquid and vapour states.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 526 Virtual Design and Construction 2015W2, 2016W2, Creation and use of building information models (BIM) for managing the construction process. 3D parametric modeling, 4D modeling, design coordination, model-based cost estimating, BIM performance measurement, and integrated project delivery methods.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 542 Physical Limnology 2016W2, Physical processes that affect the behaviour of lakes, including reservoirs, water filled mine pits, mine tailings ponds and other standing water bodies. Impacts of these processes on water quality, and methods used in the rehabilitation of lakes.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 556 Modeling and Optimization of Civil Engineering Systems 2015W1, 2016W1, Applications of practical simulation and optimization software systems and operations research methodologies in design, analysis, and operation of civil engineering systems.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 557 Toxic and Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal Environmental impact of disposal of toxic and hazardous wastes. Treatment technology for detoxification. Landfill disposal and self attenuation in landfills and underlying soils. Incineration of municipal wastes.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 558 Water Resources Infrastructure Case history studies of local infrastructure used for controlling and utilizing water, including hydroelectric projects, developments on alluvial fans and floodplains and management of transportation corridors. Emphasis on engineering and environmental aspects.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 559 Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology 2015W2, 2016W2, Processes for removing and mitigating impurities that are not effectively removed in conventional water and waste treatment practice; investigation of disposal practices that make use of the impurities as a resource.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 561 Investigation, Risk Assessment and Management of Chemicals in Geo-Environment 2015W2, 2016W2, Sampling, investigations, fate and transport of chemicals in soil, water, sediment, biota and air; exposure pathways assessment and toxicological principles for receptors; risk-based approach to site remediation, treatment and control technologies.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 562 Environmental Contaminant Analysis Laboratory 2015W2, 2016W2, An advanced laboratory course to familiarize the student with environmental engineering laboratory procedures, instrumental analyis, sampling techniques and data analysis.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 564 Engineering Management of Solid Wastes 2015W1, 2016W1, Characteristics of solid wastes; introduction to solid waste collection, treatment and disposal. Evaluation of current practice and analysis of future potential of landfills, composting, combined treatment, recycle and re-use.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 565 Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes 2015W1, 2016W1, Development of the principles of selected physical and chemical treatment unit operations. Applications in both water and wastewater treatment.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 566 Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems 2015W1, 2016W1, Mixing and dispersion of pollutants in inland and coastal waters. Pollutants associated with pulp mills, waste treatment plants, mining operations and other sources. Natural processes (physical, chemical, and biological) affecting the ultimate fate and impact of these pollutants.

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Faculty of Applied Science CIVL 569 Biological Wastewater Treatment 2015W1, 2016W1, Development of the principles of secondary, biological treatment processes, with application to both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment. Discussion of different treatment methodology, incorporating both aerobic and anaerobic microbiological processes.

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