Environmental engineers work at the interface of society and the natural world to protect human health and the integrity of ecosystems. Top priorities include delivering safe drinking water, improving air quality, managing materials and waste, preventing and treating all forms of pollution, mitigating climate change, and restoring the Great Lakes and natural water systems throughout the world. Environmental engineers are increasingly concerned with promoting the values, principles, and practices of green and sustainable development. With interdisciplinary training that integrates environmental science, engineering, and policy, environmental engineers are uniquely positioned to address the traditional societal concerns of water and sanitation, as well as the emerging global issues of environmental sustainability and energy.
The Environmental Engineering BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET .
The curriculum is designed to meet several educational objectives. These program education objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates within a few years after graduation. Specific PEOs are that graduates will:
- Serve ethically with recognition of the diverse needs of society and the profession,
- Become leaders in their profession,
- Understand and advance the mission of their employer, and
- Continue their professional development, including professional licensure, continuing education and/or graduate study.