Environmental Engineering

If you think it’s important to protect our water-air-soil environment, make our cities more sustainable, and build resilience in the face of climate change, then you should definitely be thinking about environmental engineering. This program is designed for people who are strong in science and math, and want to be good problem solvers in balancing the needs of society and nature. From protecting lakes and rivers to managing the impact of natural disasters, you’ll be on the way to making a clear difference for communities around the world. 

What will I learn?

You'll typically start with foundational classes and labs in chemistry, physics and calculus, then quickly move on to specific courses in the major such as sustainability and environmental engineering fundamentals. In your junior and senior years, you’ll get more in-depth training in topics such as modeling pollutant movement, treating contaminated water and air, and environmental monitoring. You'll also be able to choose lots of electives, so you can follow your interests and check out topics like hydraulic engineering and brownfield restoration—or take classes in a related technical field. 

What can I do outside of class?

From research labs on campus to rainforests in Costa Rica, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get (far) outside the classroom.

  • Internships, co-ops and experiential learning. Build your professional network and get real-world experience off-campus and on-campus, including UB’s engineering intramurals.
  • Student groups. Make new friends and explore different interests through our student clubs, including many that focus on engineering and the environment.
  • Research. From reducing wildfire damage to developing sustainable water reuse and resource recovery systems, our students work with faculty on life-changing research.
  • Study abroad. If you’re looking for a life-changing experience and international perspective, consider going abroad; UB engineering students have traveled to Australia, Costa Rica, France and many other countries during summer and winter breaks.
Hands On / Experiential Learning
Student Clubs
Study Abroad

What can I do with an environmental engineering degree?

Providing clean water to hundreds of thousands of people. Consulting on green infrastructure projects. Joining environmental regulatory agencies. These are just a few of the ways our graduates have used their degrees to make an impact.

Environmental engineers typically work for private consulting firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations and research labs around the world. Leading organizations that recruit UB grads include:

  • AECOM.
  • Arcadis.
  • Buffalo Sewer Authority.
  • CH2M Hill.
  • Ecology and Environment.
  • Erie County Water Authority.
  • GHD.
  • Golder Associates.
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • O’Brien & Gere.
  • Parsons Engineering Science.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

While many of our students work in the environmental field, some of them apply their skills and knowledge to a career in business, law, public health and other areas.

Who will I learn from?

Scholars. Leaders. Mentors. Teachers. At UB, you will find exceptional people who will inspire and guide you. Our faculty members have been named as SUNY Distinguished Professors and have won numerous awards for their teaching, including the President Emeritus and Mrs. Martin Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring, and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Our faculty are typically active members (and often hold leadership positions) in many top professional organizations, including the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and the Air & Waste Management Association.

In addition, they have been recognized and honored by leading national and international organizations, including the National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society and National Groundwater Association.