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Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineers work with government, industry and private groups to design and implement projects to improve the environment and public health. Environmental engineers are technical leaders in sustainable development and the design of projects to protect our water, land and air resources, applying their skills to the design of drinking water treatment plants, air pollution control systems, ecological restoration, and brownfield cleanups, to name just a few. Environmental engineers use their knowledge and expertise to tackle regional and global issues, such as climate change, ozone depletion and acid rain. Environmental engineers design and build technologies to control pollution, as well as work with industry and government to redesign processes to reduce the generation of pollution and conserve material and energy resources.

The BS Environmental Engineering degree at The Ohio State University is the first accredited undergraduate environmental engineering degree in the state of Ohio. Environmental Engineering is one of the fastest growing professional fields.The BS Environmental Engineering degree at Ohio State will help train the next generation of environmental engineering professionals for the state of Ohio, and thereby support the state in meeting goals for development in an environmentally responsible manner, and assist Ohio in becoming a leader in the creation and application of new environmental technologies


As environmental concerns mount, the technological revolution expands, and we pioneer into space, the demand for civil, environmental and geodetic engineers will rise. They will design, build, and maintain the facilities essential to our civilization. This demand will be augmented by the effort to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, including highways, bridges, water and wastewater treatment plants, and other public buildings.

Employment in various government agencies, the aerospace industry, consulting, engineering marketing or sales, and private industry provides career opportunities, which are many and varied depending upon the type of engineering pursued. Salaries are competitive with all other engineering areas. Job growth in civil, environmental and geodetic engineering is expected to be strong over the next decade, especially with the current national interest in infrastructure and the environment.

Degree Offered

If you choose to complete the Environmental Engineering program, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering


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