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Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Program

Consider a degree in Environmental Engineering at Clemson. You can be part of the solution. Our complex world faces many challenges, including contaminated water supplies, hazardous wastes, 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. As an environmental engineer, you can help solve many of the environmental problems faced by society through the use of the principles of biology, chemistry, and the earth sciences. An undergraduate degree in environmental engineering opens the door to a variety of rewarding career options.

Environmental Engineers:

  • Protect water quality by designing water and wastewater treatment systems
  • Look after public safety by managing solid, hazardous and radioactive wastes
  • Improve air quality by devising solutions to air pollution
  • Reduce human health risks by tracking contaminants as they move through the environment
  • Clean up toxic waste spills and restore historically contaminated sites
  • Design a more sustainable future by understanding our use of resources

This technical and challenging program is led by world-class faculty dedicated to providing the best possible educational experience. Clemson University’s new undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering is the only degree program of its type in South Carolina.

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. Environmental Engineering is continuously reported as one of the best jobs with great pay and growth prospects. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for environmental engineers will grow “15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.” [1]. As of 2014, the average salary for environmental engineers was $83,360. By receiving a degree in Environmental Engineering at Clemson, you will acquire the skills necessary to join this rapidly growing field and tackle some of the major challenges facing society.


For Graduation and Enrollment Data, please go to the Assessment & Planning Accredited Programs Page.

  • The principal mission of the Environmental Engineering program is to educate and prepare students for future careers.

  • Clemson's accredited1 undergraduate Environmental Engineering degree program is offered in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. Graduates are eligible for licensing as professional engineers after gaining acceptable experience and passing the Fundamentals of Engineering examination and the Principles and Practice of Engineering examination.

    1“Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,”.

  • The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for the Environmental Engineering Program’s alumni’ career or post-graduate education:

    1. 1. Our graduates will be advancing in careers utilizing the skills gained through their environmental engineering education
    2. 2. Our environmental engineering graduates will continue to learn and adapt to a changing world
  • Environmental Engineering Student Outcomes

    Upon completion of the Environmental Engineering program, a student will be prepared to enter the workforce confident that he has mastered the skills necessary to succeed.

    Graduates of the program will have:

    1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
    4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
    5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    7. An ability to communicate effectively
    8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
    9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
    10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
    11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Please review the Student Handbook for more information. 

    Undergraduate students take courses in four broad areas:

    1. Basic sciences - mathematics, physics and chemistry
    2. Engineering sciences - statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics
    3. Environmental engineering analysis and design courses
    4. Applied life sciences - biology, microbiology, and organic chemistry and electives selected based on the student's interests.



For general information on admissions contact the Clemson Admissions Office.

For specific information related to the Environmental Engineering degree, please contact:

Dr. David Ladner
Undergraduate Coordinator

Or, come visit the Main Office, 445 Brackett Hall.