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History of Environmental Engineering at Nebraska

Although the first M.S. EnvE degree at the university was granted in 1995, coursework in environmental engineering was first offered in 1899. These were civil engineering courses titled "Water Supply for Cities" and "Cleaning and Sewerage for Cities."

By the 1960s graduate students in Civil Engineering and Biological Systems Engineering were working on environmental engineering projects (often related to water supply, wastewater engineering, and animal waste management) and specializing in environmental engineering. Over time, the environmental engineering curriculum at UNL has evolved and now includes classes from three departments covering all areas of environmental engineering.

Currently, the M.S. EnvE program offers a balance of research and teaching expertise covering six of the major areas of environmental engineering as defined by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, plus three rapidly expanding new areas. These are:

  • Air pollution control
  • Water supply
  • Wastewater management
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Toxic materials control
  • Solid waste disposal
  • Nonpoint source pollution control
  • Agricultural waste management
  • Pollution prevention

View selected environmental engineering thesis titles from the past 40 years.