Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
Environmental engineers plan, design, and construct public and private facilities to minimize the impactof human activity on the environment and to protect human health. For example, environmental engineers design and build drinking water treatment systems, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants, solid waste management facilities, contaminated ground water remediation systems, and hazardous waste remediation facilities. These facilities must meet regulatory requirements, be cost-effective to build and maintain, be safe to operate, and have minimal environmental impact. The environmental engineer is trained to lead the multidisciplinary teams needed to solve complex environmental problems.
The environmental engineering program leads to a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering. The objective of the program's strong analytical core and multidisciplinary focus combining engineering and the sciences is to prepare graduates for many career opportunities in public, private, or academic career paths. Graduates from the program will possess strong analytical aptitude as well as exhibit creativity, imagination, and excellent written and oral communication skills. They will understand environmental problems and approaches to their solutions and how to organize the technical resources needed to implement remedies. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to environmental engineering problems, analyze and interpret data and solve environmental engineering problems, design environmental engineering systems, function on multidisciplinary teams, communicate effectively, understand the impact of engineering solutions on society and understand professional and ethical responsibility.
In ENE 400, students are introduced to the fullspectrum of environmental engineering projects that they will subsequently explore in design teams during their degreeprogram. As part of these experiences, students visit and tour field sites, and interact with engineers who have been involved in the design and/or construction of the projects. Design is integrated throughout the curriculum, and particularly emphasized in junior and senior level courses. As part of these projects, students analyze treatment alternatives, recommend a system that meets regulatory operational needs, and prepare an implementation schedule and project budget. Detailed design projects are performed in ENE 645, ENE 744, and ENE 746. ENE 788 serves as a capstone design experience where students work on an environmental engineering project provided by a local engineering firm or municipality and apply skills learned in other courses while working with real world clients.