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Environmental Engineering

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Undergrad Degree: BS

The Environmental Engineering major is offered by both the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering.

Environmental engineers serve people and preserve the environment. They analyze land, water, air, and pollution problems as well as develop designs for pollution and hazardous-waste-control facilities. They participate in city planning, develop water-resource systems, and design the operation of other systems fundamental to the quality of life and the preservation of the quality of the environment.

In addition to the usual sciences — chemistry and physics — students in environmental engineering take microbiology and organic chemistry. They also take courses in water quality, air pollution, and environmental and public systems, as well as traditional civil engineering courses such as geotechnical engineering and engineering economics.

Students planning to enter the Environmental Engineering Major offered by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) are required to take ENGRD 251, "Engineering for a Sustainable Society," either before or during the first semester of sophomore year.

Students pursuing this major must also take a second engineering distribution course, and ENGRD 202, "Mechanics of Solids," is recommended. If a different engineering distribution course is taken, ENGRD 202 must be taken as an approved elective.

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering also offers MEng, MS and PhD degrees in environmental engineering.