B.S. in Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers are responsible for the protection of our natural environment and its inhabitants, including ensuring the distribution of clean and safe drinking water to communities and cities.


Environmental engineers have a wide-range of diverse career opportunities across a number of different industries. Graduates often pursue careers in the mining industry, the manufacturing industry, and oil and gas industry, and the chemical processing industry. Graduates may choose from a multitude of career tracks, such as environmental science and chemistry, hydrology and water resources engineering, water and wastewater treatment, site remediation, humanitarian engineering, and public policy and service.


The curriculum requires 135.4 semester credit hours, which breaks down as follows: 44 credit hours of mathematics and basic sciences, 48 credit hours of engineering topics, and 42.5 credit hours of general education requirements, such as economics, design, and the humanities.

For the first 3 weeks of summer after the junior year, students take an intensive 3-week course called Field Session. In this course, students collect environmental samples in the field, such as soil and water. These samples are then analyzed in the laboratory as a component of real-world environmental engineering project. This signature experience is unique to Mines.

Over the course of the 4-year curriculum, students have the opportunity to be exposed to a number of Environmental Engineering subfields, such as hydrology and water resources engineering, water and wastewater treatment processes, site remediation, chemical fate and transport in the environment, sustainable engineering design, pollution, prevention, and ecology. The curriculum culminates in a 2-semester capstone design course in which students apply their technical knowledge and skills to a real-world design project.

The curriculum requirements may be viewed in detail in the Undergraduate Catalog. The advising flowcharts below provide a quick snapshot of the coursework in the curriculum.


Coming soon! Contact Academic Advising Coordinator Stephen Green at sgreen1@mines.edu for details.

Combined Degree Program

Students can earn the Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering with as little as one additional year of study after their undergraduate degree at Mines.

The Civil & Environmental Engineering Combined undergraduate/graduate program allows courses at the 400 level and above, for the Mines degree programs listed below, to be used for double counting.  Students with uninterrupted registration from the time a Mines undergraduate degree is earned to the time a Mines graduate degree begins are eligible.  For eligible students whose courses meet these criteria, have been passed with a “B-” or better, and meet all other University, Department, Division, and Program requirements for graduate credit, up to 6 credit hours can be double counted, per the Mines Graduate Catalog.  Undergraduate Degree programs:

Civil Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Geological Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Mining Engineering

Students from other Mines undergraduate degree programs should contact the CEE department to discuss course options for double counting.

For further information on this opportunity, contact Program Assistant Justin Kyle Bush at justinkylebush@mines.edu 

Set Up a Visit

Current Mines students interested in the Environmental Engineering program are welcome to visit with Stephen Green, the Academic Advising Coordinator in Aspen Hall.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend Preview Mines (Fall Semester) and Discover Mines (Spring Semester), or set up an individual appointment with Stephen Green at sgreen1@mines.edu


The program leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The Program Educational Objectives are:

  1. Graduates will be engaged in professional activities that address complex societal challenges.
  2. Graduates will be successfully employed in engineering, science, or other impactful careers.
  3. Graduates will be critical and creative innovators, motivators, and leaders.
  4. Graduates will engage in continual learning by pursuing additional educational opportunities such as graduate coursework and degrees, professional conferences and training, and participation in professional societies.
  5. Graduates will attain professional registration or other appropriate certifications.

The Student Outcomes are:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability; (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams; (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; (g) an ability to communicate effectively; (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning; (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues; and (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The enrollment and graduation data for the Environmental Engineering program and other Mines programs can be found on the homepage of the Office of Institutional Research.

Environmental Engineering Field Session