Environmental Engineering : About The Program

About Our Degrees

The BS degree in environmental engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and prepares students for graduate study and/or professional practice. Graduate degrees (MS, ME, and PhD) are formally granted in civil engineering, but focus on environmental engineering as well as other areas of specialization.

Acceptance Criteria

Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in the Undergraduate Catalog, /1112/academicprograms/eas.shtml.

Acceptance Information

Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in the Undergraduate Catalog, /1112/academicprograms/eas.shtml.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

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.

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 100+
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 50-100
Upper level required courses is: 20-60
Upper level electives is: 10-15

In the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

Teaching assistants hold office hours to answer students' questions about homework and exam preparation, grade homework (exams are usually graded by instructors), and manage lab assignments.

About Our Faculty

We have 23 full-time faculty (all with PhD degrees) and approximately 10 adjunct faculty. The faculty is actively engaged in teaching, research, and service and has won many honors and awards, including:
  • Three SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching
  • Four National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator awards
  • One Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards/Career Awards
  • One SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity
  • One SUNY Distinguished Professor
  • Two ASCE Newmark Medals

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Oppportunities


Internships and co-ops are available as technical electives in the junior and senior years through the Engineering Career Institute. Please see/1112/academicprograms/eas.shtml for more information.

Extracurricular Activities

Our undergraduate students are engaged in many campus-wide activities and organizations. Student organizations specific to engineering include the following:

See the UB Student Association.

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:07 EST