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Environmental Engineering

What is it?

Becoming an environmental engineer is a great way to use technical skills for the betterment of your community and the world around you. As an environmental engineer, you can help solve many of the environmental problems faced by society using the principles of biology, chemistry, and the earth sciences. Our complex world faces many challenges, including contaminated water supplies, hazardous wastes, air pollution, increasing populations and limited resources. We need a highly trained workforce ready to tackle our environmental problems and design a healthier and more sustainable society. An undergraduate degree in environmental engineering opens the door to a variety of rewarding career options.

What will I study?

During the sophomore year, students take two courses in environmental engineering fundamentals. In the junior and senior years, students take more advanced courses in water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, hazardous waste management, air pollution control, environmental sustainability, and environmental risk assessment. A professional development seminar and capstone design course are features of the senior year. The breadth of environmental courses offered compares very favorably to other undergraduate degrees offered nationwide.

Students also take courses that build their skill set in engineering basics, including statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Fundamental skills are also developed in the sciences, including microbiology, organic chemistry, statistics, and geology.

What will my degree do for me?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for environmental engineers will grow faster than average and this is one of the largest growing fields in engineering. Local, national, and international job opportunities in environmental engineering abound. Careers can be found with the federal and state governments, water utilities, engineering consulting firms, and industry. The median pay for environmental engineers was $86,800 in 2017.

An undergraduate degree in environmental engineering opens the door to a variety of rewarding career options.

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The Numbers

88 Undergraduates

40% Women
15% Minority
65% In-State

29 Masters Students

34 Doctoral Students

12 Full-Time Faculty