Environmental Engineers protect the natural environment and the health of people as influenced by the environment. The field began as part of civil engineering by providing the water supply for municipalities, but has grown to encompass a broader view of the interaction of humans and the environment. The environmental engineer applies principles from all of the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, geology, and biology) to understand the natural environment and to build systems that protect the environment and public health. Areas of environmental engineering include i) air, climate and energy, ii) sustainable water systems, iii) water resources and the environment, and iv) contaminant fate and transport.
Environmental engineering graduates of the University may seek a wide variety of employment opportunities with private consulting firms, industry, and government agencies at the local, state, and national levels. Those who plan to pursue graduate work in engineering, or in other professions such as business, medicine, law, or journalism have an excellent base on which to build.