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. 

NEW Curriculum Effective for all Students Entering Fall 2019 and later

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*Flowchart for this curriculum*

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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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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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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