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​Environmental Engineering

Focus your learning on the preservation and management of the environment.

You’ll explore a variety of areas like water and wastewater treatment, hazardous waste management, air pollution control, pollutant transport, and the fundamentals of sustainable engineering analysis and design. You’ll also discover ways to apply engineering solutions to address economic, environmental, and societal problems.

Cameron Edwards and Otto stand together on campus

I visited Syracuse during the spring break of my senior year of high school. During my visit I met with two Environmental Engineering professors and I was blown away that they took the time to really get to know me and my interests. One of those professors is now my advisor and the other I’ve been doing research with since my first semester on campus!

—Cameron Edwards ’21, Environmental Engineering major

About the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Future engineers and computer scientists learn to create new knowledge and technologies through ten undergraduate majors. Students have access to nationally regarded research centers, state-of-the-art lab spaces, and challenging internships.


  • Earth Sciences
  • Hydrology and hydrologic modeling
  • Sustainability in Civil and Environmental Systems
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Air Pollution Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Design

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

  • The curriculum is easily customized to align with your desired career path. Many of the department’s environmental engineering students pursue minors in areas like architecture, business, geography, economics, energy systems, environment and society, engineering management, or public policy, to name a few.
  • Students can collaborate with faculty on research projects at on- and off-campus institutes and labs, including the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering (CESE)–22,000 square feet of core laboratories and individual faculty laboratories. Several projects employing undergraduate and graduate students involve field sampling programs in the Syracuse area and beyond.
  • Students engaged in research are encouraged to present their work at environmental conferences and publish their findings in conference proceedings and professional journals.
  • Students can participate in paid summer internships or co-ops to gain valuable work experience and still be able to graduate in four years.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science has 20 co-curricular organizations as well as student organizations like the American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers without Borders, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and WiSE – Women in Science and Engineering.
  • Syracuse University’s B.S. in Environmental Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • The five-year H. John Riley Dual Engineering/MBA Program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad , with more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Environmental engineering students have the opportunity to enhance their academic learning experience by studying abroad in one of the Syracuse University centers in Florence and Strasbourg, or through the World Partner programs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University College Dublin, and the University of New South Wales. Summer programs of interest include Engineering Research Projects in Strasbourg.

Our Dubai Summer Internship program allows a selected group of students to spend one summer month in Dubai, UAE to learn about the business and engineering practices of one of the world’s leading contracting and construction companies in the region.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate with a major in environmental engineering, you can explore careers such as:

  • Environmental planner
  • Environmental scientist or engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Sustainability manager
  • Hydrology manager
  • Government regulator
  • Environmental protection analyst

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as natural resources and conservation, environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, ecology, sustainable agriculture, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

In the College of Engineering and Computer Science, students are provided a team of advisors to support and mentor them throughout their entire undergraduate career. Career advisors counsel and train students to develop and assess their career skills, ensure job readiness, help them secure internships and jobs, and serve as a liaison to faculty and employers on students’ behalf.