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.

Careers

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.

Curriculum

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.

Minors

Coming soon! Contact Undergraduate Program Administrator Jaime Bachmeier at jbachmeier@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. For further information on this opportunity, contact Graduate Program Manager Tim VanHaverbeke at tvanhave@mines.edu.

Set Up a Visit

Current Mines students interested in the Environmental Engineering program are welcome to visit with Jaime Bachmeier, the undergraduate program administrator, in Chauvenet Hall, Room 147.

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

Accreditation

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.