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Environmental Engineering

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
UA College: 
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science
Degree/Minor Description: 

UA's undergraduate environmental engineering program prepares students for promising careers in a growing field. Environmental engineering students study the principles of engineering, soil science, biology and chemistry to solve environmental problems. Central to the curriculum is process engineering, in which students gain an understanding of the toxicity, transport, fate and biotransformation of pollutants in the environment to predict consequences to the ecosystem and public health. Students learn about advances in nanotechnology, manufacturing, sensing and imaging, water reuse, energy storage, solar power, microbial detection and bioremediation, biofuels and mining logistics.

Environmental engineers work in government organizations on environmental and public health policy. They plan, operate and manage publicly owned infrastructure for environmental protection. In private industry, environmental engineers play a lead role in creating technologies for water purification, wastewater treatment, air pollution control, and recovery of resources and energy from waste streams. Environmental engineers are also responsible for remediation of hazardous pollutants in soil and groundwater, restoration of streams and lakes damaged by human activity, and prevention of pollution. 

Research Opportunities: 

Arizona Research Laboratories: ARL provides campus-wide service facilities for university researchers and faculty. It provides laboratories and core services in different scientific disciplines where students can volunteer or receive credit for their time. Be sure to click the link and see the variety of research options available. 

BIO5 InstituteThe BIO5 Institute is at the leading edge of life sciences research, bringing together researchers from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering. The main goal of BIO5 is to find bold solutions to complex, biology-based challenges affecting humanity. 

Rich Lab Soil, Water and Environmental Science Microbial Ecology Lab: The Rich Lab, also known as SWES-MEL, does research on microorganisms and their impact on biogeochemistry and global change.

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants: The ALEC uses state-of-the-art spectrometry and other analytical techniques to detect, quantify and speciate organic and inorganic micropollutants. 

Water & Energy Sustainable Technology Center: The WEST Center is a world renowned venue focused on water and wastewater treatment and monitoring. It utilizes the facilities of Pima County's 21st Century Water Reclamation Facility, "Agua Nueva".

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Food Systems and Security
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity