Environmental Engineering is an interdisciplinary degree-granting program engaging faculty from departments in both engineering and the physical sciences, and managed by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Environmental Engineering addresses the development of strategies to control anthropogenic emissions of pollutants to the atmosphere, waterways, and terrestrial environment; the remediation of polluted natural systems; the design of technologies to treat waste; energy efficiency and environmentally responsible power generation; and the evaluation of contaminant fate in the environment. The Environmental Engineering discipline is interdisciplinary and requires a curriculum that provides students with an understanding of fundamentals in air- and water-quality sciences, energy, contaminant fate and transport, and design concepts for pollutant emission control and treatment.
Environmental Engineering includes environmental air and water chemistry, environmental microbiology, combustion technologies, aerosol science, transport phenomena, reactor theory, unit operations and systems design, physical, chemical, and biological processes in relation to water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, pollutant fate and transport, waste disposal, the ecology of natural waters, mathematical modeling, energy systems, soil physics, fluid mechanics, hydrology, and meteorology. Another central theme is global climate change and energy, particularly in relation to carbon footprints and alternative fuels. Interdisciplinary research endeavors commonly bridge many of these different subjects and a current focus is maintained on new and emerging technologies. Curriculum objectives have also been set to maintain a balance between the depth and breadth of program scope for each student.