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Environmental Engineering

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Interested in an environmental engineering degree? 

People with an environmental engineering degree advance fundamental understanding of human impact on the environment and the environment’s response to this impact. They assess proposed construction projects, analyze scientific data and provide quality-control checks. Students also use an environmental engineering degree to design solutions to mitigate adverse human impact on the environment. Environmental engineers are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues, including protecting water quality, global warming, automobile emissions and ozone depletion. 

Environmental engineering majors may choose a general track of study, or they can focus their studies on geoenvironmental engineering or water resources. 


Graduates with an environmental engineering degree are prepared for careers focusing on environmental protection in industry pollution control and compliance in both government regulatory agencies and public policy organizations, designing environmental systems (such as wastewater treatment), and as consultants. 

Alumni work at: 

  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Private industry
  • Research organizations
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Building and construction industry

Alumni work as: 

  • Environmental and ecosystems engineers
  • Environmental planners
  • Environmental consultants
  • Researchers

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