Environmental Engineering student project

Majors & Minors

Environmental Engineering Degree

Program Overview

This new program in environmental engineering begins fall 2020. It is the second engineering program at UW-River Falls and one of only three ABET-accredited programs in environmental engineering in Wisconsin. This program complements our growing environmental science major as well as our existing agricultural engineering and crop and soil science majors. If you are passionate about our natural world and want to be a part of creating solutions for society's complex environmental problems, this program may be for you.

Highlights of the Environmental Engineering Major

  • Our engineering program is student centered, teaching focused, and industry relevant.
  • Students are taught by professors, never by teaching assistants.
  • All of our professors hold advanced engineering degrees from Purdue University, Iowa State University, and UW-Madison.
  • The UWRF engineering program is undergraduate only; therefore our professors can focus on teaching, instead of graduate research.
  • Our professors have over 22 years of combined industry experience and 68 months of overseas work experience.
  • The environmental engineering program is part of the Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium, which includes UW-Stout and UW-Eau Claire, in an effort to bring a range of engineering programs to this region of Wisconsin.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Apply concepts of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions to environmental problems that consider public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social and economic factors
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments
  • Use modern engineering skills, tools and techniques.
  • Conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data.
  • Communicate effectively.

Career Opportunities

Students can graduate from this program in four years, and will immediately be prepared for a career as an engineer. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers where graduates can expect to find employment or internship opportunities.

Job Titles

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Water Resources Engineer
  • Food Process Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Applications Engineer


  • Cargill Kitchen Solutions
  • CNH Global NV
  • GEA Process Engineering
  • Polaris Industries
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Engineering Consulting Firms
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service

Related Programs

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Here are some related programs you may also want to consider:

Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural Engineering Technology

Environmental Science

The median annual salary
of an Environmental Engineer is


(2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics)