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Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to improve the environment (air, water, and/or land resources), to provide healthy water, air, and land for human habitation and for other organisms, and to remediate polluted sites.

Environmental engineering involves water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues as well as a knowledge of environmental engineering law. It also includes studies on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects.

Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies to evaluate the significance of the such hazards, advise on treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. Environmental engineers also design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems as well as being concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues such as the effects of acid rain, ozone depletion, water pollution and air pollution from automobile exhausts and industrial sources.


  • Gregory G. Wilber, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor
  • Dee Ann Sanders, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor
  • John N. Veenstra, Ph.D., P.E., Head & Professor
  • William F. McTernan, Ph.D., P.E., Emertius Professor
  • William W. Clarkson, Ph.D., P.E., Emeritus Associate Professor

Selected Courses

  • Environmental Engineering Science - CIVE 3813
  • Environmental Engineering Design - CIVE 4143
  • Human Impact in the Environment - CIVE 4823
  • Aquatic Chemistry - CIVE 5013
  • Public Health Engineering - CIVE 5023
  • The Legal and Regulatory Environment of Engineering - CIVE 5123
  • Essentials of Environmental Engineering - CIVE 5803
  • Environmental Laboratory Analysis - CIVE 5813
  • Environmental Risk Assessment and Management - CIVE 5823
  • Introduction to Environmental Modeling - CIVE 5833
  • Bioremediation - CIVE 5853
  • Advanced Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering - CIVE 5863
  • Air Pollution Control Engineering - CIVE 5873
  • Residuals and Solid Waste Management - CIVE 5883
  • Water Treatment - CIVE 5933
  • Biological Waste Treatment - CIVE 5953
  • Environmental Data and Analysis and Modeling - CIVE 5993
  • Modeling of Water Resources Systems - CIVE 6853
  • Advanced Environmental Laboratory Analysis - CIVE 6913
  • Industrial Waste Engineering - CIVE 6923
  • Advanced Biological Waste Treatment - CIVE 6953