Environmental Engineering


M.S. in Environmental Engineering



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The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (M.S. EnvE) program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental program jointly administered by the Departments of Civil Engineering and Biological Systems Engineering.

The M.S. EnvE carries the designation of Environmental Engineering on the program name, diploma and transcript. The program resides within UNL Graduate Programs and is located on the college's Lincoln and Omaha campuses.

Environmental Engineers focus on developing innovative solutions to complex problems involving physical, chemical, biological and ecological components. Environmental engineering training offers opportunities to work in any aspect of environmental protection. The types of jobs held by environmental engineers are very diverse. Potential employers of environmental engineers include private consulting engineering firms, universities, private research firms, testing laboratories, government agencies (federal, state and local), or other major corporations and private businesses.

After graduation from UNL, M.S. EnvE graduates begin their careers with consulting firms, regulatory agencies, and industry. About half of UNL M.S. EnvE graduates accept jobs in Nebraska and another half begin employment elsewhere in the U.S.The UNL Environmental Engineering faculty offers a balance of expertise in covering major areas of Environmental Engineering. The fields in which students may focus their studies include:
  • Water supply
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Non-point source pollution control
  • Agricultural waste management
Examples of current and recent Environmental Engineering graduate student projects include:
  • Small community treatment systems
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Hazardous waste remediation sites
  • Groundwater management
  • Water quality
  • Pollution prevention / Sustainability
  • Air pollution modeling for animal production facilities,
  • Controlling odors from animal waste lagoons.
Undergraduate studies in Environmental Engineering at UNL are embedded in the broader degree programs of Civil Engineering and Biological Systems Engineering. These degree programs offer undergraduates the opportunity to emphasize surface and groundwater quality, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, environmental risk assessment, solid and hazardous waste management, food and agricultural waste management, and air pollution modeling depending on their interest and major.

Doctoral studies with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering can be pursued through the Civil Engineering and Biological Systems and Agricultural Engineering Ph.D. programs.
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