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Environmental engineers work to solve environmental and public health problems. Traditional fields in the discipline include drinking water safety, groundwater protection, wastewater treatment, reduction of indoor and outdoor air pollution, and solid and hazardous waste disposal and clean up. Our program typically takes a broad view of environmental engineering and we are at the forefront of extending the discipline into new and vital areas by integrating engineering with human health, green design and pollution prevention, carbon sequestration and climate changes, and the development of alternative energy.
Students may pursue their degree at various levels of technological intensity. This level of technological intensity determines the number of credits received and whether a student will graduate with a B.S. or a B.A. degree.
B.S. in Environmental Engineering: This is the most technically comprehensive degree program. It provides rigorous preparation for graduate study and for a career as an environmental engineer in consulting firms or industry.
B.A. in Engineering Sciences (Environmental): This degree is designed for students who are interested in careers in law, business, medicine, or public service. The B.A. degree is useful for students wishing to pursue careers in which environmental science and technology play an important role, but are not the main focus.
Beyond coursework, undergraduate students are involved with faculty research or related extracurricular activities. Research topics have included production of microalgae biofuels, low-energy water desalination techniques, green water treatment techniques, and emerging disinfection technologies. Our Engineers without Borders extracurricular group has designed and constructed water supply systems for rural villages in Honduras and Cameroon.
B.S. in Environmental Engineering: This degree is for students who desire a strong background in environmental engineering leading to a career in the field.
B.A. in Engineering Sciences (Environmental): This degree is intended for students whose careers will involve, but not be dominated by, the skills of environmental engineering. The B.A. program is appropriate for those contemplating a career in which scientific and technological problems can play an important role, as is often the case in law, business, medicine, or public service.