Why Engineering?

Choose Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering in Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Engineering undergrad 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 choose which engineering discipline to enter:

Mechanical Engineering professor Abbas Milani

Top Professors

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

  • Tap into research expertise and industry know-how. Mechanical Engineering professor Abbas Milani researches advanced composite materials and involves his students in materials testing for industry partners.
  • Collaborate with local municipalities and utilities. Civil Engineering professor Cigdem Eskicioglu and her students advance knowledge by researching waste reduction and resource recovery with 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 (BASc 2014) rocks her iron ring, a proud symbol worn by many Canadian-trained engineers.

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. Now a PhD student, Jin has taught Linear Circuit Theory and helped establish two research labs at UBC Okanagan.

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 student researchers work to improve the sustainability of transportation systems. The Civil Engineering undergrad is also founder of the Global Engineering Community.
  • Create new physical systems and advance society. Mechanical Engineering student Jessica Van Brummelen conducts 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 Mina Hoorfar is a renowned researcher in mechanical engineering.