Environmental Engineering

What is Environmental Engineering?

labEnvironmental engineers use the principles of biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues. Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of the hazard, advise on its treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. They design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems, conduct research on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects, analyze scientific data, and perform quality-control checks. Environmental engineers are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues. Some may study and attempt to minimize the effects of acid rain, global warming, automobile emissions, and ozone depletion. They also may be involved in the protection of wildlife. Many environmental engineers work as consultants, helping their clients to comply with regulations, prevent environmental damage, and clean up hazardous sites.

How do I get Environmental Engineering at UDM?

Bachelor of Civil Engineering + Master of Environmental Engineering:

  • Apply for the Bachelor of Civil Engineering program.
  • Take the Environmental Electives within the program
  • Apply for the Master of Environmental Engineering in your junior or senior year at UDM.  UDM Students with a B average or above are admitted.

Master of Environmental Engineering -- 5 year programs

  • High school students can apply directly to the Master of Environmental Engineering program.  However, they need to have a minimum ACT score of 26.
  • Applying as a high school student guarantees your admission to the Master program.
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering path:
    • During the five years, you will also earn a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with a focus in Environmental Engineering.
  • Bachelor of Biology path:
    • During the five years, you will also earn a Bachelor of Biology.  Your electives will all be in the area of engineering.  Also, you take Physics for engineers rather than Physics for the public.  See the catalog description for the full list of courses that you are required to take in the first four years.

Concentration in Environmental Engineering within the Bachelor of Civil Engineering

  • Apply for the Bachelor of Civil Engineering program.
  • Anytime within the first three years as a UDM student, fill out the "Declaration of Concentration" form.  Anyone seeking a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree may seek the concentration.
  • Take the required electives in the environmental area.