Why Engineering?

Choose Civil, Electrical, Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering in Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Alumna Jessica van Brummelen operates a robotic drone.

Engineering alumna Jessica van Brummelen and professor Homayoun Najjaran.


The Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) program at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering takes a “design from the start” approach. Your first two years are rooted in collaborative, project-based team learning. With a solid foundation, you then choose which engineering discipline to enter:

Civil Engineering

  • Minor in Management
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Pre-Med Option
  • Resilient Infrastructure Management Option


Electrical Engineering

  • Minor in Management
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Biomedical Option
  • Pre-Med Option
  • Mechatronics Option

Manufacturing Engineering

  • Minor in Management
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Pre-Med Option
  • Mechatronics Option


Mechanical Engineering

  • Minor in Management
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Biomedical Option
  • Pre-Med Option
  • Mechatronics Option

Earn While You Learn
The Engineering Co-op program offers students paid, relevant engineering work experience. There’s no better way to develop your technical skills, make industry connections, test out career options and apply your classroom learning to real-world problems.

Extend Your Learning
Learn about graduate studies at the School of Engineering.


Mechanical Engineering professor Mina Hoorfar works in a lab with student.

Mechanical Engineering professor Mina Hoorfar.

Top Professors

Students have extraordinary access to their engineering professors, who are connected across the globe.

  • Advance technology: Mechanical Engineering professor Mina Hoorfar runs the Advanced Thermo-Fluidic Laboratory where her team is leading the way in developing portable cannabis breathalyzers for commercial use.
  • Collaborate with local municipalities and utilities. Civil Engineering professor Cigdem Eskicioglu and her students are developing the next generation wastewater sludge treatment technologies for the City of Kelowna and Metro Vancouver.
  • Tackle complex problems in Electrical Engineering with professors such as Kenneth Chau. In his electromagnetics and optics lab, students are exploring new display and window technologies that may change the way we see the world.
Alumna Heather Mallory outside the EME building.

Alumna Heather Mallory (BASc 2014).

Learn Beyond the Classroom

Explore great opportunities in engineering-related clubs and associations. Pursue travel experiences and career paths alongside your fellow students.

  • Get hands-on work experience and build your resumé. As a Civil Engineering student, Heather Mallory worked several Co-op work terms in Fort McMurray. The alumna was also a leader in the Women in Engineering group at UBC Okanagan.
  • Pursue your interests in a campus club. Or start your own! With a passion for aviation, Mechanical Engineering student Blago Hristovski founded the UBCO Aero Club, which is building a remote fixed-wing aircraft for international competition.
  • Learn from expert engineers and mentors. As an Electrical Engineering student, Xian Jin learned to be available and accessible from the example set by his professor, Jonathan Holzman. Jin taught Linear Circuit Theory, helped establish two research labs at UBC Okanagan, and is now a postdoctoral fellow.

Alumnus Samuel Schaefer (MASc 2014, BASc 2012)

Undergraduate Research in Engineering

The School of Engineering emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills by involving undergraduate students in research. Here are just a few examples:

  • Explore big ideas and get a jump-start on your career. As an undergraduate researcher in Electrical Engineering, alumnus Samuel Schaefer developed a water-quality testing device that began with discarded CD players.
  • Collaborate with like-minded people. Through federal and industry grants, Jinglei (Victoria) You and fellow Civil Engineering student researchers worked to improve the sustainability of transportation systems, a project that has been continued by current students.
  • Create new physical systems and advance society. Mechanical Engineering alumna Jessica Van Brummelen conducted high-level research in robotics such as unmanned vehicles. Through UBC’s Go Global program, she contributed to health research while studying abroad at Lund University in Sweden.

Come see for yourself

Meet professors, talk to current students and experience Engineering firsthand during Destination UBC, a weekend visit to campus.

Get a glimpse of student life at UBC’s Okanagan campus.


Professor Jonathan Holzman and a student inspect laser equipment.

Electrical engineering professor Jonathan Holzman.