Environmental engineering at WSU is offered as a specialization area in the civil engineering major.
Environmental engineers use engineering principles and design to solve problems for a wide variety of environmental concerns. From cleaning up hazardous waste to designing wetlands to producing "green’’ products, environmental engineers literally work to make the world a better place.
The civil and environmental engineering program at WSU provides a strong civil engineering foundation with a broad environmental component that emphasizes air and water quality, air pollution control, water and wastewater treatment, and hazardous waste management and remediation, including both natural and engineered systems.
- Strengths of the program
- WSU faculty are international experts in water quality and treatment, natural resource and agro-environmental preservation, chemical and biological site remediation, and hazardous waste.
- WSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture enhances student learning through well-equipped teaching laboratories, and has more than $3 million in equipment for environmental research.
- Opportunities for research with WSU's world-renowned faculty are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Several of WSU's undergraduates have published their work in scientific journals.
- All engineering seniors have the opportunity to participate in a design project with sponsorship or interaction from industry partners, providing a valuable opportunity to interact with professionals.
- WSU's environmental engineering research center was awarded a major educational grant by the National Science Foundation—one of only three such environmental engineering programs in the country.
- Two of WSU's environmental engineering professors received the National Science Foundation's Early Career Development Award, a highly prestigious honor for beginning scientists and engineers.
- You can join a science, math, and engineering residence hall—share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.
- Featured courses
Examples of topics covered in the environmental engineering program at WSU include hazardous waste treatment and protection of ground water and soils, development of constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment, and design of stormwater runoff systems in urban areas.
During your senior year, you build on your civil engineering foundation by choosing seven elective courses in environmental engineering. A few of the courses you could choose:
Air Quality Management
Climate Change Science and Engineering
Hazardous Waste Engineering
Hazardous Waste Treatment
Sustainability: Green Engineering
Water and Wastewater Treatment Design
Find more information on environmental engineering, including core courses, electives, and more, at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
NOTE: See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Transfer information
To certify your major in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, you will need to complete specific prerequisite courses. Use our list of transfer equivalencies to make sure you take the right transfer courses at your current college.
Also check out the University's transfer student guide for more information on transferring to WSU.
- Scholarships and financial aid
For environmental engineering students
The College of Engineering and Architecture offers more than 300 scholarships a year to first- and second-year students. Incoming freshmen and transfer students have the opportunity to receive scholarship money from the college that will be continued by the school or department. Students may also apply for University-wide scholarships.
For all students
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and need-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
- Campus organizations and activities
WSU’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is consistently ranked among the nation's best. It provides valuable opportunities to interact and network with civil engineering professionals through monthly meetings and regional or national conferences. The WSU chapter has won numerous awards in concrete canoe and bridge building contests at national ASCE competitions.
The environmental engineering club, which includes student chapters of the Water Environment Foundation and the Air and Waste Management Association, is an academic, professional, and social organization for students interested in a career in environmental engineering. It works to promote student and public interest in environmental engineering and environmental issues through public outreach, conferences, and seminars.
The WSU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders does community-based, sustainable engineering projects around the world.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has an active chapter on campus.
- Suggested strengths, interests, and preparation
High school mathematics through trigonometry and calculus and high school sciences are essential for success in college engineering programs.
Your strengths and interests
You may enjoy engineering if you:
- Enjoy solving problems and putting ideas into action
- Are curious about how things work and how to make them better
- Are interested in improving the environment
- Are socially aware and interested in helping people live better
- Careers in environmental engineering
The skills developed by environmental engineering graduates are sought by employers in a wide variety of professional positions. Salaries for WSU’s graduates are excellent, often in the $45,000 to $65,000 range. Many of WSU’s graduating students receive several job offers.