Environmental Engineering Bachelor's Degree Overview
There’s no better time to be an environmental engineer. The National Academy of Engineering identified 14 critical challenges for engineers in the 21st century. Six of them are directly related to the environment.
UT’s environmental engineering bachelor’s degree program prepares students to create sustainable cities and protect our air, water and land. We strive to educate environmental engineers to become agents of change — to not only reduce the environmental footprint, but to create a “positive handprint.”
Environmental Engineering Bachelor's Degree Highlights
- National reputation. The University of Toledo College of Engineering offers some of the country’s best engineering programs. The college is one of just eight nationwide to require student co-ops. This paid, professional work experience often leads to full-time work for our graduates.
- Real projects with real clients. Labs and design projects teach UT’s environmental engineering majors how to solve real problems and implement their ideas. Students often work with community partners such as schools and inner-city housing projects to develop rain gardens and other green projects.
- Well-rounded education. UToledo students take engineering classes. But they also complete course work in environmental and natural sciences, economics, policy and law. This multidisciplinary emphasis is unique in the engineering world. It gives UT graduates the technical as well as the soft skills necessary to compete in today’s job market.
- Strong job prospects. UToledo engineering graduates have a greater than 85% job placement rate. Students get free assistance from the Career Development Center in the College of Engineering. Employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 12% in the next decade, twice as fast as other occupations.
- Passionate peers. UT environmental engineering students are especially motivated, engaged activists and students. Many are involved in student organizations, including Engineers Without Borders and Society of Women Engineers.
It’s a good time to be a job candidate in this emerging field. UToledo environmental engineering graduates pursue careers in the oil and gas industries, consulting, government agencies, municipalities, construction companies, utilities and nonprofit organizations. They:
- Design and construct water, stormwater and wastewater infrastructures
- Develop and test sustainable energy alternatives
- Remediate waste sites
- Monitor air, water and land
Brooke Mason and Jenny Collier were the first two graduates of UToledo’s environmental engineering program in 2016. While they were undergraduates, Brooke and Jenny created a program called the Student Green Fund. The idea: all UT students can donate $5 of their student fees to fund green initiatives on campus. The Green Fund has supported a bike sharing program on campus and other projects. Ideas are submitted by campus organizations and approved by a student committee. Brooke and Jenny also performed undergraduate research and published their work in peer-reviewed journals.
Brooke is pursuing a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at UT. Jenny graduated with joint degrees in civil and environmental engineering and a minor in renewable energy. She is pursuing a master’s degree in environmental engineering at Michigan State University.
Environmental Engineering Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
The multidisciplinary nature of the environmental engineering curriculum is unique within UToledo’s engineering programs.
Environmental Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Sample Courses
|Ecology||Sustainability Problem Solving|
|Introduction to Environmental Law|
Internship Opportunities for Environmental Engineering Bachelor's Degree
UToledo is one of just eight engineering schools in the U.S. to require co-ops. You’ll work full-time for three semesters, get paid and gain valuable, real-world experience. Co-op jobs are available in Toledo, all over the U.S. and in 34 countries. Many of UToledo’s engineering students receive job offers from their co-op employers.
UToledo is a comprehensive research university. It offers many opportunities for undergraduate environmental engineering students to participate in research. Students have worked on local water issues at our Lake Erie Center and traveled to Spain to research urban agriculture.