BS in Environmental Engineering

Photo of Jim Jensen and students.

Environmental engineers work at the interface of society and the environment, striving to protect both human and ecosystem health. 

Among the top priorities of the profession are the delivery of safe water to drink and clean air to breathe, and the restoration of water quality in the Great Lakes, the Hudson River and natural water systems throughout the nation. Today, environmental engineers face issues that are changing the world. With their unique combination of environmental science and engineering, environmental engineers are the linchpins in defending the global public health, water supplies and ecosystem viability.

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates within a few years after graduation. The objectives of the Environmental Engineering program are that graduates will:

  • Satisfy the requirements of their employers for professional practice in environmental engineering
  • Continue their professional development in environmental engineering, including professional licensure, continuing education, and/or graduate study

To ensure our environmental engineering students are prepared for future success in their careers, the department follows a formal procedure in the development of curriculum and the assessment of the program. 


The environmental engineering curriculum includes math and science courses in the freshman and sophomore years, required engineering courses in the junior and senior years, and technical elective courses in the senior year.

The UB environmental engineering program is designed to support eventual licensure as a professional engineer (PE). It is strongly recommended that all students consider professional registration as part of their career path. The first step towards obtaining a PE license is successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, usually taken during the senior year.