Environmental Engineering : Overview

Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

Contact Information

Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
212 Ketter Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4300

Phone: 716.645.2114
Fax: 716.645.3733
Web Address: www.csee.buffalo.edu
Andrew S. Whittaker
Igor Jankovic
Director of Undergraduate Studies


Environmental engineers work at the interface of society and the environment, striving to protect both human and ecosystem health. Among the top priorities of the profession are the delivery of safe water to drink and clean air to breathe, and the restoration of water quality in the Great Lakes, the Hudson River and water bodies throughout the nation. Today, environmental engineers face issues that include the detection and treatment of new pollutants and pathogens, threats of terrorism to our nation's water supplies, the global cycling of pollutants, global warming, and energy. Because they often work in the public arena, environmental engineers require broad technical training and strong communication skills, and they usually must be licensed as professional engineers.

The undergraduate program in environmental engineering at the University at Buffalo prepares students for professional practice and eventual licensure as professional engineers. The BS curriculum includes introductory-level knowledge of the environmental issues associated with air, land, and water systems and environmental health impacts. The curriculum includes math, science and basic engineering courses in the freshman and sophomore years; required engineering courses in the junior and senior years; and technical elective courses taken in the senior year. Laboratories in environmental engineering are included in two lab classes in the junior year. Students have considerable flexibility in the selection of technical electives, with approved electives in engineering, biology, chemistry, geology, economics, geography, and the social sciences.

Program educational objectives for the environmental engineering BS degree are:
  • Employment and promotion as environmental engineers in consulting, industry, government, academia, and related professions;
  • Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge through lifelong learning, such as graduate study and continuing education;
  • Respond to the changing impact of environmental engineering solutions in a global and social context, and;
  • Advance and support the engineering profession through participation in professional societies, civic groups, and educational institutions.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:07 EST