Environmental engineers are involved with many aspects of society’s interaction with the environment. The field embraces broad environmental concerns, including the safety of drinking water, groundwater protection and remediation, wastewater treatment, indoor and outdoor air pollution, solid and hazardous waste disposal, cleanup of contaminated sites, preservation of sensitive wetlands, energy and the environment, and prevention of pollution through product and process design. Environmental engineers must balance technical, social, economic, and legal issues concerning the use of environmental resources. Consequently, they need a broad understanding not only of engineering disciplines but also of chemistry, biology, geology, economics, and management.
Students majoring in Environmental Engineering select an emphasis on environmental engineering technology, sustainability, global health, energy and climate change, or economics. The major prepares students for leadership positions in industry and government agencies. Graduates may also continue with further studies in engineering, science, business, law, and medicine.
Students interested in the major should take the following courses during the first year:
- ENVE 120, Introduction to Environmental Engineering
One of the following math courses:
- MATH 112, Calculus of Functions of One Variable I
- MATH 115, Calculus of Functions of One Variable II
- MATH 120, Calculus of Functions of Several Variables
One of the following chemistry sequences:
- CHEM 161, General Chemistry I and CHEM 165, General Chemistry II
- CHEM 163/167, Comprehensive University Chemistry I and II
There will be a meeting in the fall for students interested in the major; details will be published in the Calendar for the Opening Days. Additional information can be found on the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Website. The director of undergraduate studies (DUS) welcomes consultation with students about the program at any time.