Environmental Engineering

Department Mission Statement

The primary objective of this program is to produce well-balanced environmental engineers capable of entering the environmental engineering profession or continuing their studies at the graduate level. Graduates will be well-prepared to solve current environmental engineering problems, and they will have the ability to adapt to problems of the future.

By providing relevant experiences and building requisite technical skills and judgment cumulatively through rigorous problem solving, the program will instill the confidence needed for students to emerge as leaders in the field of environmental engineering.

Achievements of environmental engineers are well-known to the general public, because environmental engineers are charged with producing clean water, disposing of waste responsibly, and maintaining air quality. Projects that environmental engineers work on include: design of water and wastewater treatment facilities, landfill design, design of air pollution control devices, and environmental law and permitting.

The undergraduate program offers a balanced approach to environmental engineering education. Students take a common core of engineering science and environmental engineering courses, including courses in environmental law, water and wastewater treatment, soil mechanics, soil and hazardous waste, hydrology and air pollution control. The environmental engineering courses teach students the fundamentals of engineering design, as well as potential applications. Students are taught how to use computer software to expedite the design process, and they are also taught how to balance engineering designs with economic constraints. During their senior year, undergraduate students work with a professor on a design thesis.

Program Educational Objectives

The Environmental Engineering Program has established a set of educational objectives to maintain and improve the quality of its undergraduate program:

1. To develop graduates that function successfully in areas of environmental engineering, such as air pollution, water and wastewater treatment, and solid and hazardous waste engineering.

2.To prepare graduates for advanced education in environmental engineering and related fields, and for professional licensure.

    Student Outcomes

    The environmental engineering program uses the following student outcomes for assessment:
    (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
    (d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
    (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    (f) an understanding of professional ethical responsibility
    (g) an ability to communicate effectively
    (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a
    (i) global and societal context
    (j) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning a knowledge of contemporary issues
    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.