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Environmental Engineering

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies
  • Consulting
  • Agricultural
  • Petrochemical

PLAN OF STUDY

Environmental Engineering (B.S.)

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to apply science, mathematics, and modern engineering tools and techniques to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • How to design and conduct experiments and analyze data for evaluating the state of the environment.
  • How to design environmental systems or processes for remediating of mitigating impact on the environment within the realistic economic, social, and political constraints, individually or on interdisciplinary teams, and effectively communicate those designs to others, both those who have technical backgrounds and those who do not .
  • How to identify factors impacting environmental systems and understand the complex relationships that may exist and be able to communicate well the importance of these issues to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • How to apply formal and self-directed educational experience to understand the importance of contemporary social, political, economic, business, and ethical issues.
  • How to understand the importance of ethical behavior and life-long learning to success as an engineer operating in a technically progressive profession and ethically challenging business climate.

Information ABOUT Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers will be needed to help companies comply with environmental regulations and to develop methods of cleaning up environmental hazards. There has been a shift in emphasis toward preventing problems rather than controlling those which already exist, as well as increasing public health concerns resulting from population growth, also are expected to spur demand for environmental engineers. Because of this employment growth, job opportunities in Environmental Engineering should be favorable.

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and control of water and air pollution

DEGREE OPTIONS/FUTURE ACADEMIC PATHS

Graduates are awarded a B.S. in Environmental Engineering.

After graduation students may also find similar academic interests in other professional pursuis such as:

  • Environmental Law
  • Engineering (Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering)

CAREER CLOSE-UP

Environmental Engineers

Median wage (TX) - $102,630
Median wage (US) - $83,340

Agrictultural Engineers

Median wage (TX) - $85,560
Median wage (US) - $78,400

Wage information taken from http://wtamu.myplan.com

Developmental Expectations

Be able

  • To use upper level mathematics to solve problems.
  • To understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • To communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • To communicate effectively by presentations speaking in open forums.
  • To use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • To understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

You should know

  • WT is one of only four authorized undergraduate Environmental Engineering programs in the state of Texas.
  • Employment of environmental engineers is projected grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Professional, scientific and technical services is projected to grow by 44% in the field of Environmental Engineering from 201 to 2020.

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