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Environmental Engineering Student in Wastewater Lab

College of Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering


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Environmental engineering applies scientific principles and engineering tools to improve the natural environment, address pollution problems, and ensure environmental sustainability. Environmental engineers provide safe drinking water, treat and dispose of hazardous wastes, clean up contaminated soil and groundwater, and maintain the quality of air, water, and land resources.

Air pollution: Environmental engineers design chemical and mechanical means of preventing pollutants from being discharged into the atmosphere.

Hazardous waste: From chemical neutralization to genetically engineered “waste-eating” bacteria, environmental engineers devise better ways to clean up hazardous wastes.

Industrial hygiene: Engineers specializing in industrial hygiene help design efficient industrial and manufacturing processes that minimize waste and hazardous by-products.

Water resources: Measuring and modeling stream flow, designing systems to collect and treat stormwater, and predicting the impact of increased rainfall intensity on water conveyance systems are activities that ensure the quality of municipal water supplies and natural water systems.

Solid waste management: Environmental engineers lead the way in solid waste management, from designing landfills that won’t contaminate soil or groundwater, to reducing the amount of trash through better recycling processes, to understanding how various materials biodegrade.

Wastewater: Treating sewage and other wastewater is vitally important, not only for aquatic habitats but for human health as well. Engineers design facilities and processes to minimize the environmental impact of wastewater treatment.

Areas of study

  • Environmental processes
  • Biological processes
  • Chemical processes
  • Environmental facilities design and construction
  • Water resources
  • Water quality

Career Options

  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental compliance
  • Water resources engineer
  • Water quality engineer
  • Air quality engineer
  • Soil remediation
  • Civil design engineer
  • Project manager
  • Project engineer

Graduate Programs

  • Civil engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Engineering management
  • Public policy/administration
  • MBA

What’s special about this program?


We offer a strong core curriculum, providing our students with rigorous training in the causes, control, and prevention of environmental contamination and the flexibility to secure their future in an environmental profession. The curriculum provides a broad foundation in mathematics and the fundamentals of physical, chemical, and biological processes. It also builds understanding of the fate of environmental contaminants, analysis and design of solutions to real-world environmental problems, and the application of modeling and simulation methods to assess risk and estimate cost.

Active research ensures that the content of the curriculum is constantly renewed and maintained at a technically challenging level and that discovery learning is integrated into the program. Opportunities abound for environmental engineering undergraduates to work with faculty and graduate students in our world-class research program. Roughly two-thirds of our students work as research assistants.

Get involved        

Alpha Omega Epsilon

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Highway Engineers

Chi Epsilon

Deep Roots Outreach Program

Engineers Without Borders

Environmental Engineering Student Association

Institute of Transportation Engineers

National Society of Black Engineers

Sigma Phi Delta

Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processing Engineering

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

Tau Beta Pi

Sample curriculum



General Chemistry

General Chemistry



Introduction to Environmental Engineering



General Computer Science for Engineers




Introduction to Engineering (FYE)



Seminar in Composition



Analytic Geometry & Calculus A




Analytic Geometry & Calculus B

Breadth Requirement Electives




Introductory Biology I



CIEG 233

Environmental Engineering Processes



Probability and Statistics for Engineers



Thermodynamics for Environmental Engineering 



Analytic Geometry & Calculus C




Engineering Mathematics I

Fundamentals of Physics I



Breadth Requirement Elective


  Computer Elective

Organic Chemistry I



Fluid Mechanics



Fluid Mechanics Lab



Water and Wastewater Quality



Water and Wastewater Engineering



Water Resources Engineering



Microbiology of Engineered Systems



Technical Writing



Breadth Requirement Electives



Technical Elective 



Environmental Engineering Lab



Processing, Recycl., Mgt. of Solid Wastes



Senior Design Project (DLE & Capstone)



Air Pollution Course



Groundwater Course



Surface Water Course



Technical Elective Courses


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