Environmental engineers work at the interface of society and the environment, striving to protect both human and ecosystem health. Among the top priorities of the profession are the delivery of safe water to drink and clean air to breathe, and the restoration of water quality in the Great Lakes, the Hudson River and water bodies throughout the nation. Today, environmental engineers face issues that include the detection and treatment of new pollutants and pathogens, threats of terrorism to our nation's water supplies, the global cycling of pollutants, global warming, and energy. Because they often work in the public arena, environmental engineers require broad technical training and strong communication skills, and they usually must be licensed as professional engineers.
The undergraduate program in environmental engineering at the University at Buffalo prepares students for professional practice and eventual licensure as professional engineers. The BS curriculum includes introductory-level knowledge of the environmental issues associated with air, land, and water systems and environmental health impacts. The curriculum includes math, science and basic engineering courses in the freshman and sophomore years; required engineering courses in the junior and senior years; and technical elective courses taken in the senior year. Laboratories in environmental engineering are included in two lab classes in the junior year. Students have considerable flexibility in the selection of technical electives, with approved electives in engineering, biology, chemistry, geology, economics, geography, and the social sciences.
Program educational objectives for the environmental engineering BS degree are:
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