Undergraduate Program in Environmental Engineering

  • Professor (and Environmental Engineer) Sajad Hamidi explains a piece of lab equipment to an Environmental Engineering student

    A student learns about environmental engineering lab equipment from Professor Sajad Hamidi (at left).

  • Protect People and the Environment with Environmental Engineering

    Environmental engineers use science and math to keep the environment—and the people who live in it—healthy and safe. A BS in Environmental Engineering prepares you for an interesting, rewarding career in this fast-growing field.

    What will you do as an environmental engineer? You’ll design, develop, and work with systems that:

    • Control pollution (indoors and out)
    • Safely dispose of hazardous materials
    • Monitor and control factors in the natural environment
    • Conserve natural resources
    • Provide life support in dangerous environments
    • Protect special materials and their related work environments
    • Protect people’s health and safety

    If you want to use your science and math expertise to protect public health and the environment, becoming an environmental engineer might be the right career for you.

    The World Needs Environmental Engineers

    Today’s environmental challenges are tougher than ever. That’s one reason there is demand for well-qualified environmental engineers. According to the US Department of Labor, job openings for environmental engineers are predicted to grow 8 percent nationally from 2016 to 2026.

    Environmental engineering jobs won’t just be growing in Pennsylvania. Growth is also predicted in California, Florida, Nevada, Colorado, South Dakota, Oregon and other states, making this a career that can take you almost anywhere you want to go.

    The IUP Difference

    Deep environmental expertise. IUP has decades of expertise with environmental science and technology. From Marcellus shale, to environmental health, to sustainability, we’re on the leading edge. As an environmental engineering major, you’ll learn from IUP experts in biology, chemistry, geoscience, geography, physics, safety and health, and other disciplines. Industry experts serve as advisors for our program to keep it focused on current trends and the concepts you’ll need to know to succeed.

    Standards-based program. We’ve built our environmental engineering degree around the standards set by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the nationwide accreditation agency for engineering and technology programs. (IUP will seek official accreditation for this new program at the earliest possible date.)

    Research opportunities. Doing research as an undergraduate is a hallmark of the IUP experience. We celebrate undergraduate research every year. As part of your environmental engineering program, you'll have the chance to work in the labs, work with your professors on research projects, and become co-author on peer-reviewed journal articles.

    Real-world experience. You’ll complete a culminating engineering project in which you’ll solve a unique, real-world environmental problem. Many of these final projects are suggested by members of our advisory board. In completing your project, you’ll gain real-world experience working with clients who’ll provide expert feedback. And if they really like your proposed solution—they might even implement it!