Why Study Environmental Engineering?

Major | Engineering/​Environmental Sciences | CAFES

Environmental engineers are passionate about our natural world and seek to create solutions for society’s complex environmental problems. As a student, you’ll have access to hands-on learning in our incredible facilities, participate in undergraduate research and work side-by-side with our dedicated faculty, all in preparation for a career in an in-demand field.


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Engineering/​Environmental Sciences

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and math.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet needs with consideration to public health, safety and welfare as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors. 
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments. 
  • Function effectively within a team. 
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions. 


Types of Courses

  • Air Quality and Solid Waste Management
  • Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Policies and Administration
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Intro to Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Sustainability in Environmental Engineering
  • Water Quality Modeling
  • Watershed Engineering
Environmental Engineering student takes a water sample out of the KinnicKinnic River
Environmental Engineering professor and student test water samples in the lab

Potential Careers

Graduates of the environmental engineering program can graduate in just four years and immediately be prepared for a career as an engineer. Depending on your interest area, roles you may seek out include:

  • Air Quality Engineer
  • Director of Sustainability
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Remediation Engineer
  • Water Resources Engineer


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