Major in Environmental Engineering

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Beginning Fall 2022, the college is offering a new major in environmental engineering. The major will be offered on both the college’s campuses: City Campus in Lincoln (UNL) and Scott Campus in Omaha (UNO). If you are passionate about the environment, enjoy solving problems and want to make a lasting impact, this degree program could be an excellent career choice.

With a degree in environmental engineering, you can actively pursue opportunities that impact all living things on our planet, including designing and creating infrastructure to protect the environment and helping solve pollution problems and other major challenges.  

As a student, you will be exposed to multiple topics within environmental engineering to devise engineering solutions for water and air pollution control and treatment, drinking water supply, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, public health, water resources management, sustainable design and industrial ecology. 

The program will include courses in such areas as calculus, chemistry, environmental geology, computer science, engineering dynamics, thermodynamics, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, process design, air pollution/solid waste management, and more. 

Outside of the Classroom

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering also offers numerous opportunities outside of the classroom to enhance your skills and knowledge.

A mentoring program organized by the Nebraska Water Environment Association and the Nebraska Section American Water Works Association provides one-to-one connections with professionals in the state. Student organizations within the department also offer ways to connect and have fun.

Career Opportunities

Local communities and major industries are looking for graduates in this growing field who understand how to use engineering to create solutions today and in the future. Students will work with our world-class faculty on specialized research, take classes to gain expertise in environmental design, and participate in internships with global companies.

Engineers with advanced degrees are also promoted to management positions or start their own businesses. Engineers also may earn a law school and specialize in environmental law and litigation.