Environmental Engineering

Why Choose This Major?

Environmental engineering applies scientific principles and engineering tools to improve the natural environment, address pollution problems, and ensure environmental sustainability. Environmental engineers provide safe drinking water, treat and dispose of hazardous wastes, clean up contaminated soil and groundwater, and maintain the quality of air, water, and land resources.

Our strong core curriculum provides students with rigorous training in the causes, control, and prevention of environmental contamination and the flexibility to secure their future in an environmental profession. Students learn to understand the fate of environmental contaminants, analysis and design of solutions to real-world environmental problems, and the application of modeling and simulation methods to assess risk and estimate cost.

Active research ensures that the content of the curriculum is constantly renewed and maintained at a technically challenging level and that discovery learning is integrated into the program. Opportunities abound for environmental engineering undergraduates to work with faculty and graduate students in our world-class research program. Roughly two-thirds of our students work as research assistants.

Areas of Study

Career Options

Environmental Facility Design and Construction

Environmental Compliance

Soil Remediation

Environmental Biological Processes

Environmental Chemical Processes

Water Resources

Water Quality

Environmental Engineer

Water Resources Engineer

Civil Engineering

Civil Site Engineer

Engineering Management

Water/Air Quality Engineer

Areas of Study

Environmental Facility Design and Construction

Environmental Compliance

Soil Remediation

Environmental Biological Processes

Environmental Chemical Processes

Water Resources

Water Quality

Career Options

Environmental Engineer

Water Resources Engineer

Civil Engineering

Civil Site Engineer

Engineering Management

Water/Air Quality Engineer

Experiential Learning

Students have the option to participate in a 26-week co-op program, which provides valuable experience working in the profession. All degree requirements, including the co-op program, are designed to be completed within four years.

Well-qualified Environmental Engineering majors may apply to the 4+1 program to earn a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master of Civil Engineering, Masters of Business Administration, or Masters of Materials Science and Engineering degree within 5 years. The program is limited to University of Delaware undergraduates in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.25 at the time of application.

Students can look into study abroad options for during the semester or a winter/summer session.

Concentrations

Environmental Facilities Design and Construction

Water Resources and Water Quality

Environmental Biological and Chemical Processes

Curriculum

Environmental Engineering is associated with pollution control, water supply, and water resource management. The Environmental Engineering curriculum is focused on environmental biological and chemical processes, environmental facilities design and construction, and water resources and water quality. Technical Electives are chosen to build students’ technical competence in environmental engineering and to pursue individual interests. Breadth requirements include courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences and are selected to broaden students’ background.

Bachelor's with Environmental Facilities Design and Construction Concentration
This concentration will prepare you to develop and engineer the systems for air, water, and wastewater purification. 

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Learn more about the program and courses on the UD Course Catalog website.

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Bachelor's with Water Resources and Water Quality Concentration
This concentration will enable you to develop engineered solutions to mitigate the effects of droughts and floods and to clean up contaminated rivers, streams, and groundwater.

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Learn more about the program and courses on the UD Course Catalog website.

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Bachelor's with Environmental Biological and Chemical Processes Concentration
This concentration will familiarize you with chemical, biological and microbial aspects of contaminant behavior in natural and engineered systems.

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Learn more about the program and courses on the UD Course Catalog website.

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Breadth Requirements
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering requires three University Breadth Requirements, one in each of the following areas: Creative Arts and Humanities, History and Cultural Change, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. These three courses must come from three separate academic departments.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering requires three College of Engineering Breadth Requirements as well. These can come from the College Breadth Requirement List found in the Undergraduate Catalog, or from any course approved as a University Breadth Requirement, outside of Math, Natural Sciences, and Technology.

Six credit hours of breadth requirements must be taken at the upper-level. This is typically a course numbered 300 or higher, however level III of a foreign language (i.e. SPAN207) and higher will count.

A grade of C- or higher is required in all six breadth courses.

At least one breadth course of the six must meet the Multicultural Requirement; acourse stressing multicultural, ethnic, and/or gender related content. The purpose of the multicultural requirement is to provide students with some awareness of and sensitivity to cultural pluralism-an increasing necessity for educated persons in a diverse world. Only course sections that are designated as multicultural in the academic catalog for a specific semester can be used to fulfill this requirement.

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Academics Undergraduate Programs Environmental Engineering