Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Environmental Engineering - About The Program

About Our Degrees

The environmental engineering BS degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and prepares students for graduate study and/or professional practice.

Graduate degrees (MS and PhD) are formally granted in civil engineering, with specialization in environmental engineering as well as other areas.

Acceptance Information

Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in the Undergraduate Catalog, here.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

During the first two years of study, the environmental engineering curriculum provides fundamental knowledge and skills in the basic (chemistry and physics) and applied sciences (environmental microbiology and environmental chemistry), mathematics through differential equations, and basic engineering (engineering principles, statics, mechanics, and CAD). An introduction to environmental engineering is included early in the curriculum, in the fall of the sophomore year. These courses give a solid foundation in problem solving and analytical thinking, which are essential for environmental engineering students.

In the junior year, this foundational knowledge is extended through courses in civil engineering (fluid mechanics, soil mechanics, hydraulics, and engineering statistics), program-specific environmental engineering courses (ecological engineering, sustainability, and a CIE elective), an applied biological science course (ecology), and multiple lab experiences where hands-on laboratories add practical skills to the classroom instruction.

During the senior year, students complete a sequence of advanced courses: treatment process engineering, hydrologic engineering, and groundwater engineering. Professional practice issues are covered in the fall semester, followed by capstone design in the spring semester. An earth science elective, a geographic information systems (GIS) elective, and two technical electives are also included as well. Students may select technical electives from engineering and a wide range of supporting programs. Most students take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in spring of their senior year.

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 100+
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 100-200 (30-40 for CIE 341)
Upper level required courses is: 30-160
Upper level electives is: 30-50

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 with TA assistance), and manage lab assignments. They also may assist with recitations.

About Our Faculty

We have 34 full-time faculty members (all with PhD degrees) and approximately 5 adjunct faculty members. The faculty are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service and have won many honors and awards, including:
  • Three SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching
  • One National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • Two National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
  • One Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Career Award
  • One IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Award
  • One SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity
  • Two SUNY Distinguished Professorships
  • One ASCE Newmark Medals

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities


An internship course is available through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Experiential Learning Program. Please see their website for more information. Students are encouraged to obtain relevant work experience before completing their program. Technical elective credit may be given for this experience following the junior year.

Extracurricular Activities

Our undergraduate students are engaged in many campus-wide activities and organizations. Student organizations popular among environmental engineers include the following:
See the UB Student Association.

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55