What is Environmental Engineering?

Environmental engineers apply science and engineering principles to develop systems that protect human health and welfare and minimize the adverse effects of human activities on the environment. Environmental engineering involves providing safe, palatable and ample water supplies, reducing emissions of pollutants by developing engineered systems for treating air, water and hazardous wastes, predicting the transport and effects of contaminants through all media (air, water, land) in natural environments, managing and remediating sites contaminated by improper disposal of hazardous materials, and protecting public health through application of engineering principles.

The environmental engineering specialty plan provides students the opportunity to prepare for a career as an environmental engineer by providing students with the fundamental knowledge required to solve environmental problems as well as the opportunity to apply those fundamentals to practical applications.

Degree Information

Students can earn B.S., M.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering in the Environmental Engineering specialty area.

The environmental engineering specialty undergraduate plan provides students the opportunity to increase their skills in solving environmental problems as they prepare for careers in civil engineering.

Students specializing in environmental engineering can pursue four graduate degrees. The master of engineering (M.Eng.) degree is designed for those students who are seeking a professional degree and do not have career goals that include research. The master of science (M.S.) degree offers students the opportunity to learn by conducting a thesis research project. The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is for those students who wish to develop expertise in research beyond the master’s level. The doctor of engineering (D.Eng.) degree is for those students who wish to combine a high level of technical expertise with engineering management skills.

Undergraduate Requirements

To fulfill the common civil engineering program degree plan, undergraduate students declaring a specialty in environmental engineering are required to complete a technical elective plan. See the undergraduate advising page for more information.

Graduate Requirements

Each area specialty area has its own graduate degree requirements in addition to the requirements set forth by the department and University. Please check with your advisor for the most current degree requirements.