Environmental Engineering

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

They help make water safe to drink, air clean to breathe, and restore water quality in the Great Lakes and throughout the world.

About the Major

From preventing waterborne diseases in the most remote village to protecting air quality at home, environmental engineers defend the global public health and ecosystem viability. With their unique combination of environmental science and engineering, graduates of our Environmental Engineering BS program become the linchpins in developing solutions to issues that are changing the world.

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for environmental engineers is projected to increase by 12% through 2024.

Graduates can choose from a broad spectrum of opportunities in industry, governmental agencies, private consulting firms, and construction companies, as well as in research and development. Here is a partial list of companies and agencies who recruit students from this program: ALCOA, Buffalo Sewer Authority, CH2M Hill, DuPont, Ecology and Environment, Inc., Erie County Water Authority, GHD, Arcadis, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Parsons Engineering Science, URS Corp., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Many graduates return to school to pursue advanced degrees. A few go on to complete their PhD and obtain positions in academia.

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