Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering Degree

  • 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).

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering program provides students with a standards-based curriculum that prepares them for careers in a rewarding and growing field. Not only are environmental engineers in demand, but the work you’ll be doing keeps both people and the environment healthy and safe. If you want to use your science and math expertise to protect public health and the climate, this is a perfect major for you.

    IUP has decades of expertise with environmental science and technology. From Marcellus shale, to environmental health, to sustainability, we’re on the leading edge. You’ll learn from IUP experts in biology, chemistry, geoscience, geography, physics, safety and health, and other disciplines.

    Our program meets the standards set by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), which ensures that students are receiving an education that leads to successful careers. Our faculty have diverse research areas, which allows students to learn from and research with professors that have similar expertise.

    Environmental Classes and Curriculum

    At IUP, students learn through field experiences and our extensive curriculum. Environmental Engineering majors take classes in Water and Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Aquatic Chemistry, and Solid and Hazardous Waste Management. View our curriculum page to see a suggested schedule for all four years of study.

    We celebrate undergraduate research every year. Students in this program have the unique opportunity to conduct research with the help of their professors and eventually have their work published in peer-reviewed journals.

    As the capstone to the program, Environmental Engineering majors complete a culminating engineering project in which they 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 provide expert feedback. And if they really like your proposed solution—they might even implement it!

    Careers in Environmental Engineering

    Today’s environmental challenges are tougher than ever. That’s one reason why there is a 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, which makes this a career that can take you almost anywhere you want to go.

    Graduates often find jobs in government agencies, consulting companies, environmental laboratories, and more. What can 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

    Explore our Environmental Engineering Program!

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Engineering bachelor’s program prepares students for a life-changing career through an extensive curriculum. Interested in learning more? Request more information today!