Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering isn't a desk job. With an environmental engineering degree from Wilkes, you'll get into the field and into the lab as you learn how to help public and private organizations protect and reduce damage to the environment.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major On-campus 130

Why Study Environmental Engineering at Wilkes?

GradReports ranked our Environmental Engineering program 11th in the nation based on median early-career salaries. At Wilkes, you'll learn and apply fundamental principles of environmental engineering to analyze and solve complex problems, while considering technical, ecological, economic and ethical factors. You'll have the opportunity to conduct research with the most current equipment and present your research at conferences. Our program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, which assures that a program meets the profession's quality standards.

What Will You Learn as an Environmental Engineering Major?

  • You'll learn to idenify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  • You'll apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare.
  • You'll gain the technical knowledge for practice in multiple areas of environmental engineering, qualifying you to pursue professional licensing.

Curriculum   Admission Requirements

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Program Highlights

Real-World Focus

You'll focus on important issues facing the environment today, such as climate change, soil and land issues, water and air quality, waste management, water resources and sustainability management.

Hands-On Learning

You'll gain hands-on experience through course work and research. Almost every major class has a lab component.

Scientific Collaboration

Wilkes is one of only a few universities in the country that houses both environmental engineers and scientists in the same department. You'll develop the ability to work collaboratively, a vital skill in today's workplaces.

My decision to come to Wilkes University and study environmental engineering was one of the best choices I have ever made. The professors are highly professional, truly care about their students, and deliver a first-class education.

Brian Palmiter Jr. '13
3

faculty members board-certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

11th

in the nation based on median early-career salaries by gradreports.com

100%

of students complete a research and design project

Careers & Outcomes

Our graduates are employed as environmental engineers and scientists, geologists, field engineers, project engineers, sustainability engineers and more. Below are selected employers for our graduates, as well as examples of graduate schools our alumni attend.

Employers

  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Langan Engineering
  • Borton-Lawson
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • UGI Utilities
  • Rettew Associates
  • Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • Gannett Fleming

Graduate Schools

  • Texas A&M
  • Lehigh University
  • Villanova University
  • Drexel University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Columbia University
  • Penn State
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Delaware

Internships

We encourage - and will assist you in securing - hands-on internship experiences. Our students have recently interned with:

  • National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Schott

Accreditation

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) logo

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.


The Environmental Engineering program will produce graduates with an ability to:

  1. Identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  2. 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. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. 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. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The Environmental Engineering program will produce graduates who:

PEO1

Are prepared for employment with technical knowledge for practice in traditional and broader areas of environmental engineering, which qualifies them to pursue professional licensure in service to government agencies, and industry.

PEO2

Actively pursue graduate studies leading to advanced degrees.

PEO3

Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and professional responsibilities that will assist them in their professional growth through life-long learning.

Student Classification Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020
Full-Time 82 110 102 84 85
Part-Time 4 6 3 3 2
Academic Year Bachelor's Degrees Granted
2015-2016 23
2016-2017 11
2017-2018 19
2018-2019 15
2019-2020 21

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