Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

Focus your learning on the preservation and management of the environment.

You’ll explore a variety of areas like water and wastewater treatment, hazardous waste management, air pollution control, pollutant transport, and the fundamentals of sustainable engineering analysis and design. You’ll also discover ways to apply engineering solutions to address economic, environmental, and societal problems.


Sample courses for environmental engineering majors include:

  • Earth Sciences
  • Hydrology and hydrologic modeling
  • Sustainability in Civil and Environmental Systems
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Air Pollution Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Design

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

  • The curriculum is easily customized to align with your desired career path. Many of the department’s environmental engineering students pursue minors in areas like architecture, business, geography, economics, energy systems, environment and society, engineering management, or public policy, to name a few.
  • Students can collaborate with faculty on research projects at on- and off-campus institutes and labs, including the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering. Several projects employing undergraduate and graduate students involve field sampling programs in the Syracuse area and beyond.
  • Students engaged in research are encouraged to present their work at environmental conferences and publish their findings in conference proceedings and professional journals.
  • Students can participate in paid summer internships or co-ops to gain valuable work experience and still be able to graduate in four years.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science has 20 co-curricular organizations as well as student organizations like the  American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers without Borders, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Women in Science and Engineering.
  • The 5-year H. John Riley Dual Engineering/MBA Program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.
  • The Environmental Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Environmental Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Environmental engineering students have the opportunity to enhance their academic learning experience by studying abroad in one of the Syracuse University Centers in Florence and Strasbourg, or through the World Partner Programs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University College Dublin, and the University of New South Wales. Summer programs of interest include Engineering Research Projects in Strasbourg.

Our students have the opportunity to take a technical elective course with a short-term abroad component in Geneva, Switzerland during the school year.

Life After Syracuse University

As an Engineering and Computer Science graduate with a major in environmental engineering, you can explore careers such as:

  • Environmental planner
  • Environmental scientist or engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Sustainability manager
  • Government regulator
  • Environmental protection analyst
  • Water and wastewater engineer
  • Solid waste manager/engineer
  • Water resources/hydrology engineer

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as natural resources and conservation, environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, ecology, sustainable agriculture, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the United States.

View program details in the University Course Catalog

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