Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering involves identification and design of solutions to environmental problems, including air and water pollution control, supply of safe drinking water, treatment and proper disposal of hazardous chemicals, management of municipal, industrial and agricultural wastes, remediation of contaminated sites and groundwater, and development of new technologies to protect the environment.

Do you want to solve society’s most crucial environmental problems such as these? If you answered “Yes”, you are invited to apply to the SDSU’s Environmental Engineering Program. Environmental engineers are technical professionals who possess the scientific knowledge to identify, design, build, and operate systems that protect the environment from the impact of human activities and as such make modern society possible. Join us and become an Environmental Engineer.

Program Overview

The SDSU programs provide the scientific and technical knowledge to effectively tackle the environmental problems of not only the present but also the future. Environmental Engineers are needed in both private and public sectors. The SDSU programs provide students with an education that will allow them to compete successfully for positions in engineering consulting firms, industries, private and municipal agencies, local, state and federal government, international agencies, research institutions and universities. The Environmental Engineering Programs at SDSU are offered to grant B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.

The environmental engineering field and environmental engineering education are multi-disciplinary. The B.S. degree provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering design that are needed to practice the profession or to pursue a graduate degree. Environmental engineering education also includes a range of other disciplines, such as biology, ecology, geology, public health, economics, computer science, and process engineering principles. To be able to address the spectrum of issues facing the environment, environmental engineers are broadly educated, as well as technically trained.

Special Features

  • Accreditation. The Environmental Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700.
  • Laboratories and Facilities: The Environmental Engineering Laboratories consists of eight laboratories: Biodegradation and Bioremediation, Chemical Oxidation, Analytical Instrumentation, Composting , Soil Erosion and Sediment Transport. The laboratories fully equipped with state of the art instruments. The Civil and environmental Engineering Department has its own Computer Laboratory, which was fully updated with the state of the art computers early 2005 using modern civil and environmental engineering software that is incorporated into coursework at all levels of the curriculum.
  • The CSEM Program: Computer, Science, Engineering, Mathematics (CSEM) scholars program provides assistance to recruit and retain low-income and educationally disadvantage students. For additional information, please contact CSEM office at (619) 594-5679. College of Engineering also developed Project Lead the Way aiming at assisting high school leaders to develop exciting pre-engineering programs for their study.
  • Student organizations include the Association of Environmental Engineering Students, Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the major’s honorary society, Chi Epsilon.

Career Opportunities

Environmental engineering is a growing profession, with excellent job opportunities in any foreseeable future. Career opportunities include consulting firms, industries, private and municipal agencies, local, state and federal government, international agencies, research institutions and universities.

The department maintains close links with industry through its Advisory Board to assure that our programs remain relevant and meet industry needs. These links also help to develop internship programs for our students.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Environmental Engineering program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.