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What is environmental engineering?

Environmental engineers seek solutions to environmental challenges that impact the health and well-being of society and the environment. The technical skills environmental engineers learn are used to develop strategies and technologies to treat and protect the quality of air, water and earth. Environmental engineers also address emerging global challenges such as the impact of climate change on communities and ecosystems. The Zachry Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is dedicated to equipping students with the skills to be future leaders in this discipline.

What do environmental engineers do?

Environmental engineers apply their broad understanding of engineering and the sciences, such as chemistry, biology, soil science and more, to improve human and ecological health through impactful engineering applications. They are involved in ensuring good air quality, controlling water pollution and remediation of wastes at contaminated sites. They also develop the means to protect the environment and ensure environmental sustainability. Environmental engineers recognize the global impact that local actions can have on people and their environments. 

Where do environmental engineers work?

A degree in environmental engineering can lead to opportunities in industries, engineering consulting firms, government agencies and public interest groups. Environmental engineers can work in an office setting, laboratories or out in fieldwork.

Why study environmental engineering at Texas A&M?

The department has developed a specialized curriculum to obtain a B.S. degree in environmental engineering at Texas A&M that includes:

  • A year-long capstone course that involves a practical, hands-on experience to develop and design a project for an environmental challenge
  • Classes that have a specific focus on environmental sustainability not found in all programs
  • A broad range of elective coursework that allows you to follow your specific environmental interests
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities for coursework, collaboration and practical classroom learning opportunities

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