​Environmental Engineering

​College of Engineering and Computer Science

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.

Major in environmental engineering


Sample Courses

  • Dynamic Earth
  • Sustainability in Civil and Environmental Systems
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Air Pollution Engineering
  • Applied Environmental Microbiology
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Design

View all major requirements.

Practical Experience

  • 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 newly constructed core laboratories and individual faculty laboratories.
  • Internship programs in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia focus on water supply in the arid Arabian Peninsula. An internship program in Dubai focuses on construction engineering.
  • The Engineering and Computer Science Cooperative Education program (co-op) empowers you to pursue experiential learning opportunities through professional, paid work experience in your field and still 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, Engineers without Borders, 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/MBP 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 SU Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries. ECS students can choose yearlong study in London, a semester in Dublin, Florence, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Santiago, or Sydney, and summer opportunities in Italy and Strasbourg.

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
  • Agricultural and food scientist
  • Environmental inspector
  • Public interest lawyer
  • Sustainability manager
  • Hydrology manager

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.