Hours Required125 credit hours
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Comprehensive Curriculum in Lincoln and Omaha
The environmental engineering program offers a complete undergraduate curriculum in Lincoln and Omaha, preparing you for entry into the environmental engineering profession or advanced studies. The curriculum encompasses a broad range of subjects, including mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, earth science and engineering science.
Focus on Problem-Solving and Solutions
The program emphasizes the application of engineering principles to address complex environmental problems. Learn to devise innovative solutions in areas such as water and air pollution control, wastewater management, solid waste management, sustainable design, public health and water resources management. The program aims to equip you with the skills needed to minimize environmental impacts and protect ecosystems.
Development of Professional and Personal Skills
In addition to technical knowledge, the program recognizes the importance of non-technical competencies. It focuses on cultivating essential skills and attributes, including communication, teamwork, ethical and professional responsibility, leadership and adaptability. Develop into a well-rounded environmental engineer who can contribute to society, engage in professional organizations and pursue a successful career.
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (ENVE 210)
Explore material and energy balances on environmental systems involving physical, chemical and biological processes with a focus on single phase systems.
Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering (ENVE 322)
Learn the basics of microbes: basic microbiological concepts, detection/enumeration/identification of microbes, microbial interactions, pollutants, waterborne pathogens, and wastewater treatment and disinfection.
Environmental Fate & Transport (ENVE 410)
Study fate and transport principles, such as interphase chemical equilibrium, the formulation and application of the advection-diffusion equation, and their specific environmental engineering applications.
Environmental Engineering Process Design (CIVE 420)
Design unit operations and processes associated with drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities, and other environmental treatment systems.
Sustainable Design (ENVE 430)
Discover sustainability concepts and sustainable engineering design processes for environmental engineers such as life cycle assessment, multi-criteria decision analysis and analysis of renewable energy systems.
Water Resources Development (CIVE 452)
Optimization and simulation techniques for evaluating alternatives in water resources developments. Water supply, flood control, hydroelectric power, drainage, water quality, distribution, irrigation and measurement.
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Outside the Classroom
At Nebraska, you’ll have many opportunities to discover your academic community and stretch your strengths
Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, Department Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Bartelt-Hunt and her team studied how wastewater could help determine the spread of the virus within a community. Her expertise also focuses on the effect of herbicides on humans and predicting climate impacts from water runoffs. As department chair, she is dedicated to helping the faculty provide the best learning environment for students for their future success.
Academics & Experiential Learning
- Tackle big challenges in your classes and work with faculty on research dedicated to solving global problems and saving lives.
- Engineering is a global profession. Increase your knowledge and marketability by participating in a study abroad opportunity.
- You’ll gain career-level experiences right from the start of your academic adventure to prepare you to enter the career or graduate school of your choice.
- Participate in paid internships for valuable on-the-job experiences and to develop lifelong career connections.
- With more than 50 clubs and organizations in the College of Engineering, you’ll build connections with other students and faculty through fun and hands-on experiences.
- The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers additional diverse opportunities for involvement and ways to connect with other students.