The educational mission of the Environmental Engineering undergraduate program is to prepare students to begin a research or professional practice career path in Environmental Engineering or related discipline by a three-pronged approach: (1) Fundamentals. Provide a strong educational foundation of engineering fundamentals (mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering sciences); (2) Environmental Topics. Introduce students to land, air, and water resources; physical, chemical, and biological entities and processes important to these resources; and the legal, social, ecological, and economic frameworks within which these resources must be managed; (3) Analysis and Design. Develop analysis and design skill for land, air, and water resources that build upon Fundamentals and Environmental Topics.
Undergraduate Major in Environmental Engineering
Program Educational Objectives: A few years after completing the Environmental Engineering program, graduates will:
- establish an Environmental Engineering career in industry, government, or academia and achieve professional licensure as appropriate;
- demonstrate excellence and innovation in engineering problem solving and design in a global and societal context;
- commit to lifelong learning and professional development to stay current in technology and contemporary issues; and
- take on increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in technical and/or managerial roles.
Environmental Engineering Student Outcomes
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
- 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;
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- 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;
- 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;
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
The Environmental Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.