BS in Environmental Engineering
Environmental engineering is a separate and distinct baccalaureate degree program within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. As a discipline, environmental engineering is defined as "the application of engineering principles to improve and maintain the environment for the protection of human health, for the protection of nature's beneficial ecosystems, and for environment-related enhancement of the quality of life. " The degree program is broad based and encompasses resource management; conception, planning, design, construction and operation of engineered systems for the protection of human health; the protection and management of the environment; air, water (surface subsurface, and groundwater), and land interactions and transformations; the behavior of natural systems, including their response to the activities of man; professional responsibility; and multi-disciplinary efforts across private and public sectors to assure environmental protection. For achieving additional depth in specific areas of environmental engineering, elective courses are available in a range of topics including in-situ waste site remediation, computer modeling, use of natural systems for wastewater treatment, and special topics and design/research project courses. The basic mission of the program is to provide the fundamental intellectual knowledge, when supplemented by professional experience, that will provide the technical and interpersonal skills required to conceive, plan, design, and implement the systems needed to provide and ensure environmental protection for human health and the sustainability of our natural ecosystem.