BS in Environmental Engineering

Photo of Jim Jensen and students.

Among the top priorities of environmental engineers 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.

Contact the CSEE Undergraduate Office (Environmental)


Director of Undergraduate Studies, Environmental Engineering
Dr. James N. Jensen

207B Jarvis Hall

Undergraduate Academic Coordinator
Ms. Éva McGovern

212E Ketter Hall


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.

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

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes descrinbe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. They relate to the knowledge, skills and behaviors students acquire as they progress through the program.

View the student outcomes here

  • Outcome 1: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Outcome 2: an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Outcome 3: an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Outcome 4: an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Outcome 5: an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Outcome 6: an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Outcome 7: an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The BS degree in Environmental Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET, With an ABET-accredited BS degree, graduates will have enhanced career opportunities and may eventually apply for registration as a Professional Engineer (PE).