We believe that environmental engineers are vital to the creation and upkeep of a sustainable world for all to enjoy for centuries to come. Our undergraduate environmental engineering program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, provides our students with a strong fundamental education in the engineering sciences, while also incorporating the chemical and biological sciences into the classroom curriculum to ensure that our graduates can solve complex and inter-disciplinary environmental problems. The master's degree builds on the fundamentals of the undergraduate curriculum and explores many of these topics in greater detail. It also encourages the students to develop their own research projects that demonstrate how they have integrated their education into proposing solutions to current environmental needs.
Our location in Pennsylvania near the Susquehanna River and just south of Harrisburg makes us uniquely situated to address the problems arising from both agricultural and urban pollution, plus from our heritage as a heavy-duty manufacturing area. The Susquehanna River, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, provides approximately 90% of the fresh water to the northern end of the Bay and 50% of the overall freshwater to the Bay. Therefore, we are on the front lines of solving environmental problems that have both local and national significance.
We invite you to search through our website for additional information on the program. As a student, you will have many opportunities to explore and address long-term environmental concerns both locally and on a regional and national basis. Many of our full-time students, both graduate and undergraduate, are involved in faculty research and regularly present the results of their work at regional, national and international conferences. Environmental engineering is a rapidly growing and expanding field and it needs many qualified individuals to work in areas such as water and wastewater treatment, urban redevelopment, urban stormwater runoff, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste pollution, energy issues, etc.