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A minor degree program in Environmental Engineering creates a new professional opportunity for engineering students at the University of Connecticut. The program is designed for engineering students who would like to expand their area of expertise by incorporating the appraisal of human activity impacts on the environment, minimization and mitigation of such impacts, and tending to the natural environment as the earth’s life support system.
Environmental Engineering is a unique profession. 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 engineers will imminently face challenges of enormous complexity. Although we know that an increasing global human population will continue to stress the earth, the exact expression of that stress on the environment is hardly predictable. Environmental engineers of the future will, therefore, be called upon to be cross-disciplinary problem solvers, have the utmost technical competency, move confidently and knowledgeably in a non-technical sphere, and possess the attributes of a life-long learner.
The goal of the Environmental Engineering Program is to foster these individuals. If this goal meets your academic interests, consider a Minor in Environmental Engineering!
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An undergraduate Minor in Environmental Engineering is available only to engineering majors. This Minor degree program can significantly enhance and strengthen the educational experience of students and provide a firm basis for understanding the impact of human activity and pollutants on the environment as well as the need for environmentally sound manufacturing processes and sustainable development. The required courses provide an introduction to fundamental principles that govern natural and engineered environmental systems. Elective courses allow students to complement the required courses and focus on topics relevant to their professional interests. Other less formal opportunities are also available to students in this program. These include research experiences in environmental engineering faculty laboratories, participation in the Environmental Scholars Colloquium and cooperative education programs with local and national firms.