Environmental Engineering (BSE)

The environmental engineering BSE degree program educates tomorrow’s engineers to solve complex environmental problems and design systems at the human, urban, and planetary scale. Environmental engineers are actively involved with:

  • air quality monitoring and air pollution control technology;
  • analysis of fate and transport of pollutants;
  • application of sustainable design principles;
  • design of solid waste management systems;
  • design of hazardous waste containment systems;
  • design and operation of water and wastewater treatment systems;
  • remediation of contaminated soil, sediment, and water; and
  • water quality, water conservation, and water reuse.

In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental engineering challenges, the degree incorporates courses from other programs in the Fulton Schools of Engineering including Chemical Engineering and Environmental Resources Management. Engineering courses build on a strong foundation in chemistry, biology, geology, physics and mathematics. Courses cover fundamental engineering concepts applied to environmental processes and environmental engineering design, as well as applied learning experiences including required internship or research experience and capstone design course.

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The environmental engineering BSE degree program at Arizona State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Student enrollment and graduation data are available at engineering.asu.edu/enrollment.

Program educational objectives and student outcomes

The Environmental Engineering undergraduate program at ASU has an ongoing process of assessment, evaluation, and continuous improvement guided by the program educational objectives and students outcomes listed below.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the ASU Environmental Engineering program are to prepare its graduates such that three to five years after graduation they can:

1. Comprehend the scope of complex environmental problems and participate in developing solutions.
2. Establish a career based on technical competence, integrity, and passion.
3. Incorporate industry or educational experiences to advance the field and contribute to the well-being of society and the environment.
4. Work cooperatively and effectively with culturally diverse colleagues.

Student Outcomes

ASU Environmental Engineering graduates are expected to achieve the following outcomes at graduation, which map directly to ABET student outcomes (1) through (7) listed in Criterion 3.

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Student enrollment and graduation data are available at engineering.asu.edu/enrollment.

Career paths

Environmental Engineering graduates work for engineering consulting firms, local governments, health departments, regulatory agencies, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

Professional licensure

ASU programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification are intended to prepare students for potential licensure or certification in Arizona. Completion of an ASU program may not meet educational requirements for licensure or certification in another state. For more information, students should visit the ASU professional licensure webpage.


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Degree offered

Environmental Engineering, BSE
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


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Application requirements

ASU students are required to meet general university admission requirements.


Admission requirements for many majors in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are higher than University admission standards. Please review the Admissions Requirements (PDF) link for a complete list of degree programs requiring higher admission standards.

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