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Environmental engineering systems are “open” systems and their understanding requires integration of all physical sciences (chemistry, geology, biology, plant science, physics, mathematics, etc.), as well as social sciences (social, political, economic). Environmental engineering differs fundamentally from chemical engineering – the creation and operation of processes that involve the conversion of basic chemical or raw mineral material into useful products and from civil engineering – the design, construction and operation of private and public works infrastructure.
The interdisciplinary Environmental Engineering Program within the School of Engineering offers a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering. The program trains professionals who can address cross-disciplinary environmental problems. The complex nature of environmental problems often requires that the appropriate science be developed prior to the actual engineering implementation. Students graduating with a B.S. Environmental Engineering will have the technical breadth to enter the profession immediately upon graduation.
The goal of the degree is to foster individuals who are committed to solving environmental problems, have excellent communications skills, and are life-long learners. Consider a B.S. in Environmental Engineering!
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Environmental engineers face challenges of enormous and global complexity. Environmental engineers are called upon to be competent cross-disciplinary problem solvers. In future practice environmental engineers will continue to appraise the impact of human activity on the environment, minimize and mitigate such impacts, and tend to the natural environment as the earth’s life support system.
In our undergraduate program, students acquire the technical competency, communication skills, and global awareness to assume a leadership role in the environmental management arena of the future. Students experience a holistic learning environment where they integrate principles from chemical, physical, biological, and social sciences, and engineering disciplines. Field investigation, hypothesis testing by analytical and numerical experimentation, recognition of societal and economic constraints, and synthesis through mathematical modeling are integrated in the analysis of environmental problems and the creation of appropriate solutions. This knowledge base will be tested in the evaluation of real-world natural and engineered processes that impact environmental quality.
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Expect an atmosphere that is conducive to the creation of new knowledge. We actively engage all undergraduate students in this pursuit by:
- Educating students in environmental issues starting in the freshman year, using a variety of formats such as “The Environmental Debate”. This seminar and debate- based series exposes all undergraduate students to the technical, socioeconomic, and legal aspects of current environmental topics. It acts as the forum for student research and undergraduate thesis presentations.
- Integrating undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty to facilitate the pursuit of knowledge. Undergraduate students undertake research projects that are supported by individual faculty and program-wide grants. Summer internship opportunities are available from companies that have pledged active collaboration with the Environmental Engineering Program.
- Providing a capstone experience for creating new knowledge through completion of an undergraduate thesis.
- Providing the opportunity for the testing of new knowledge in a constrained setting in the Environmental Engineering Design course. Active participation and mentorship by Professional Engineers is integrated into design projects.
The teaching philosophy of the program is congruent with the notion that Universities should be centers of excellence conducive to the development of strategic analysts . To develop strategic analysts, the environment must promote teaching that refines four basic skills: capacity for abstraction, systems thinking, experimentation, and collaboration. The Environmental Engineering curriculum fully integrates opportunities for experimentation, extensive exposure to research, team collaboration and communication skills.
To ensure that environmental engineers are ready for the imminent challenges placed upon them, they must have the utmost technical competency, move confidently and knowledgeably in a non-technical sphere, have the skills of a strategic analyst, and possess the attributes of a life-long learner. The goal of the Environmental Engineering Program at the University of Connecticut is to foster these individuals.
- Research based program
- Excellent facilities
- Superb faculty
- Small classes
- Internship opportunities